REVEALED: The easiest route to the top of Mount Fuji.
There are four trails to the summit, only one is the best trail for climbing Mount Fuji to watch the amazing sunrise in the Land Of The Rising Sun.
The chance to climb this symbolic mountain only opens from early July to middle of September. Which is approximately for 2.5 months. If you miss this window, you will need to come back next year.
On other months, it will be too dangerous to climb up. At 3776m, it is the highest mountain in Japan. Ice and snow accumulates at the slopes, making it unsafe for climbers.
How to use your Japan Rail Pass to Mount Fuji
Option 1: Take the local train
Shinjuku Station –> JR Limited Express –> Otsuki –> transfer → Fujikyu Railway –> Kawaguchiko.
Time: 2.5 hours.
Costs between JPY 3290 one way.
Option 2: Take the local train
Take the JR Chuo Special Rapid Service. Follows the same route as Option 1.
Time: It takes 10-20 minutes longer.
Cost: Cheaper at JPY 2460
Option 3: Fastest
Shinjuku Station→ Fuji Excursion Limited Express→ Kawaguchiko Station.
Time: This takes 1 hour 52 minutes
Cost: JPY 4060 one way.
Mount Fuji Trails: Why You Should Take the Yoshida Trail
|Yoshida route||Fujinomiya route||Susu route||Gotenba route|
|Round trip distance||14km||8.5km||13km||17.5 km|
|Elevation difference||1450 m||1350 m||1800 m||2300 m|
|Ascending time||6 hours 10 minutes||5 hours 30 minutes||6 hours 50 minutes||8 hours 10 minutes|
|Descending time||3 hours 30 minutes||3 hours 50 minutes||3 hours 20 minutes||4 hours 20 minutes|
|Round trip to Kengamine peak||+1 hour 30 minutes||+35 minutes||+1 hour 30 minutes||+35 minutes|
|Degree of fatigue||★★★||★ ★||★★★||★★★★★|
|Number of facilities||★★★★★||★★★||★★★||★ ★|
|Mountain Sickness||★★★||★★★★★||★ ★||★|
Recommended Mount Fuji Hiking Itinerary from TripAdvisor
Best Time to Hike: Mount Fuji Climbing Season
OCTOBER ~ MID MARCH
Snow on Mount Fuji
MID APRIL ~ JUNE
Spring. Flowers blossoming with life
JUNE ~ EARLY JULY
EARLY JULY ~ MID SEPTEMBER
Mount Fuji Climbing season
SEPTEMBER ~ OCTOBER
Autumn. Canvas with Red Leaves
Mount Fuji climbing season starts from early July to early September. On other times, it all routes are not opened.
During the climbing season, different hiking routes opens at different dates.
Normally, Yoshida route opens from July 1st to September 10th .
The Gotemba and Fujinomiya routes opens from July 10th to September 10th.
Editor's Review Score
Perfect scores as it has great access routes with Japan Rail Pass, and it is easy to climb up with numerous mountain huts along the recommended Yoshida trail. The view from the top of Mount Fuji at the early dawn, watching the sunrise (from The Land Of The Rising Sun) is the most satisfying experience ever. If you choose not to climb, or due to the climbing season has closed, there are plenty of alternative to take a picture with the grand mountain from various view points. You can also have fun with the surrounding tourist spots like the Fuji-Q Highlands and the Mount Fuji Five Lakes. The only downside is that it can be quite crowded, but that can easily be avoided by planning your trip on weekdays.