Mt. Fuji, rising above the clouds, is symbol of Japan and has provided a spiritual basis for the
Japanese since ancient times. This 12,380ft high, dormant volcano is world renowned for its
symmetry and serenity. Located between Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, Mt. Fuji is the main
attraction of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Snow covered tranquility in winter, vital and
energetic presence in summer-these seasonal changes glorify our national treasure. From near or far,
from plane or train, one cannot behold the sight of Mt. Fuji wthout marveling at its beauty.
Heavy volcanic activities, which started several hundred thousands of years ago and ended in
1707, sculptured the present gentle shape of this beautiful mountain. The history of climbers of Mt.
Fuji is rather long, as records indicate. Early on, this sacred mountain was climbed by pious people
who endured hardships for several days in their quests. In 1892, Walter Weston, the pioneer of
mountain climbing in Japan, reached the top. Many climbers, regardless of age or gender, have
since visited the summit in the climbing season of July and August. If you like mountain climbing and
have not yet climbed Mt. Fuji, you should try it sometime.
Spring brings cherry blossoms to the foot of Mt. Fuji in mid-April, followed by the blossoming of
vermilion azaleas, which announce the coming of summer greenery. July 1st is the opening day for
climbers because the perilous snow remains above the Fifth Level, 7868ft, until the end of June. The
alpine roses and other alpine plants start to bloom in time to be enjoyed by the first climbers of the
season. Summer on Mt. Fuji is rather short. Entry is closed and preparations for winter are made
after the Fire Festival of Fujiyoshida in late August. The dramatic climate changes on Mt. Fuji are
evident in the striking difference between the climate of the south slope and that of the north slope.
The temperature differs by about 68¡F at the top and at the base, resulting in an annual average
temperature of 20¡F. The atmospheric pressure at the summit is only 2/3 of that at the foot of the
To get to Mt. Fuji, first take a train from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko, and then a bus from
Kawaguchiko along the Fuji Subaru Line to the Fifth Level. Total travel time is about 3 hours and
30 minutes. Mt. Fuji is relatively easy to climb for most people, but due the high altitude, it is best to
be well prepared. We suggest you wear comfortable shoes and bring extra layers of clothing for
sudden climate changes. Also please take the time to rest at intervals as you climb.