Watch the sunrise from the top summit of Japan’s highest peak, the Holy Mount, Fuji.
Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest and holiest mountain, and a pilgrimage area for thousands of people every July and August. It’s definitely a long, hard way to the top where it can be extremely cold. Hikers are known to have altitude sickness at the top, so a Fuji climb should not be taken lightly. However, reaching the summit in time for sunrise is a truly memorable experience.
From Hakone, the easiest ascent to the top is via the Subashiri route. This is one of the four least climbed routes, but it is the best in our opinion. The ascent starts from the 5th Subashiri station at about 2000 meters high. The first 90 minutes will take you through the mountain greenery, which is a pleasant way out. Once you are above the plant line, it is dusty volcanic rock, so enjoy it while you can!
Typically, Only One Travel will reserve two nights of accommodation for you in Hakone National Park, the first night for sleeping and then you can try climbing on the second night by leaving unnecessary luggage at the ryokan. This way, you won’t be homeless for one night either if bad weather prevents climbing. Only One Travel can organize privately or group guided Fuji climbs, or provide information if you prefer to climb independently.
When to go: The official climbing season is only in July and August. It is possible to climb outside of this season, but unless you are a very experienced hiker we do not recommend this. If you are an experienced mountaineer and want to do a winter ascent, please let your travel advisor know as we have partners who can help you.