Fujinomiya Trail on Mount Fuji

Strong wind on the shortest, steepest Mount Fuji ascent

By Cathy Cawood    - 1 min read


The Mount Fuji trails officially open from July 1st (Yoshida Trail) and July 10th (others) and remain open until September 10th. Check the latest climbing status.

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At 5 kilometers from the Fifth Station, the Fujinomiya Trail is the shortest route to the summit of Mount Fuji. It takes an average time of 5 hours to reach the summit, and 3.5 hours to descend. At the beginning of the climbing season in July I went there to conquer Japan's most famous mountain. We arrived at the Fifth station early in the morning and allowed ourselves the recommended hour to adjust to the altitude, then began the ascent. Unfortunately strong winds made us decide to turn back at the Seventh Station, but it was still a great experience. Better luck next time!

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Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.

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Elena Lisina 2 years ago
I'd ascended half way to the 9th Station, but then decided to descent because of my state of health. The descent was horrible, and if I'd ever try again, it would be another trail and I'd plan two days instead of one. But that was fantastic!
Elena Lisina 2 years ago
Cathy, this year in the end of July I and my friend want to climb Fuji-san. Please, can you answer some questions? What day it was in July? The trail seems not as crowded as many describe. Was it your decision to turn back or was the trail to the summit closed? Was it too cold?
Elena Lisina 2 years ago
Thank you very much, Cathy! I live in the Ural Mountains and our winter lasts about 6 months. Today is May 2, and we still have snow! We stand cold much better than heat :) I also plan to start from Fujinomiya 5th station as we stay in a hotel in Fujinomiya, and there are buses from Fujinomiya St. to the 5th Station. Was is wet there? Should we take a raincoat? I was told to avoid weekend because there would be much more people than on working days. I want to get ready well as come from afar and don't have much opportunities, so my aim is to reach the summit. :) Thank you very much!
Victoria Vlisides 4 years ago
Would love to make it here one day.