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Mount Fuji

Mount FujiMount Fuji mapMount Fuji is an active volcano on the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, and is located about 100 km west-southwest of Tokyo.
It is 3,776 meters high, and is the most highest mountain in Japan.
In Japanese, it is called "Fujisan".

It is almost perfectly conical, and there are few mountains screening its view around it.
So we can view the beautiful sight from various places.

Of course, we can see at the foot of the mountain and its surrounding areas, and we can view also at Lake Ashi in Hakone and at some observatories of high buildings in Tokyo and Yokohama.

Additionally the seat in the car of Tokaido Shinkansen is also one of the good view spots.
When you have gotten on the Shinkansen train "Nozomi", you can catch the view of Mount Fuji on your right about 40-50 minutes after leaving from Tokyo station. (Between Mishima and Shin-Fuji stations)

The season when we can see Mount Fuji clearly is around winter (usually from December to March).
Because it is fine on most days, and the air is clean. In addition, the top is covered with white snow.
On the other seasons, it is often veiled in a haze or hidden by clouds.

For Japanese people, Mount Fuji has been the symbol of the Japanese scenery and the object of worship since ancient times.
The words of "Fuji" are found in the oldest poetry books "Man'yoshu" compiled in the 8th century, and the artists in the 19th century have left many Ukiyoe (woodblock prints) with Mount Fuji.

Mount Fuji is an active volcano.
In the 8-11th centuries, it had been very active and it had often erupted.
The subsequent main eruptions were in 1511 and 1707.
Especially the eruption in 1707 was very great, and a large deal of volcanic ashes fell all around Edo (current Tokyo).
The eruption occured only 49 days after the greatest earthquake in Japanese history that struck the south coast of Honshu and Shikoku islands through a wide area.
It is thought that there is some sort of relationship between the eruption and the earthquake.

Since that, Mount Fuji has been tranquil.
But it is surely an active volcano. So Japanese government and relative local governments has created the disaster prevention plan.

Mount Fuji Live camera : Camera images of Mt.Fuji at over a dozen places.

Climbing Mount Fuji

Every year, more than 200 thousand people climb Mount Fuji.
General visitors climb to the top of Mount Fuji in July and August. The lodges on the mountain are open only in the period.
On the weekends and holidays in the period, particularly, big crowds of people arise around the top, regardless of day or night.

On the top, average temperature is around 5 degree C and it is often windy.
You should be dressed for trekking and take precautions against the cold.
And be careful not to get altitude sickness.

There are the following 4 routes. Basically all routes have good conditions.

From Kawaguchiko side 5th station (North side)

The most popular starting point. (The altitude : 2,305 m)
There are several rest houses, a post office and a foreign money exchange.
Of course, there is a large parking lot, but here is crowded with many cars and buses during the peak season.
To 7th station, we can climb on a horse.

To top, 7.5 km. About 6 hours. / Lodges along the route : 19

From Fujinomiya side 5th station (South side)

The second popular starting point. (The altitude : 2,400 m)
There are a shop and a restaurant.
Here is also a large parking lot, but here is crowded with many cars and buses.

To top, 5 km. About 5.5 hours. / Lodges along the route : 9

From Subashiri side 5th station (East side)

Relatively uncrowded starting point. (The altitude : 2,000 m)
There are two lodges.
This route merges into Kawaguchuko route at the 8th station.

To top, 7.8 km. About 6 hours. / Lodges along the route : 13

From Gotenba side 5th station (Southeast side)

Very uncrowded starting point. (The altitude : 1,440 m)
The starting point is the lowest, so it is a hard route.

To top, 11.0 km. About 8 hours. / Lodges along the route : 7

"Appare!" Fuji Tozan

How to get to here

By railroad and bus

  • To Kawaguchiko side 5th station, use Fujikyu Line from Otsuki on JR Chuo Line to Kawaguchiko terminal.
    From Otsuki to Kawaguchuko, about 43 minutes by limited express, about 55 minutes by local train.
    On the weekends and holidays, and in season, the through trains from JR Shinjuku or Takao station are operated.
    From Kawaguchiko station to 5th station, by route bus, about 50 minutes. It is operated from spring to autumn.
  • To Kawaguchiko side 5th station, through buses from Shinjuku station are operated from spring to autumn. About 2.5 hours.
  • To Fujinomiya side 5th station, use Tokaido Shinkansen. Get off at Mishima or Shin-Fuji station.
    From Mishima station to 5th station, by route bus, about 2 hours and 5 minutes.
    From Shin-Fuji station to 5th station, by route bus, about 2 hours and 15 minutes.
    These are operated only in July and August.
  • To Subashiri side 5th station, use JR Gotenba Line. Get off at Gotenba station.
    From Gotenba station to 5th station, by route bus, about 1 hour.
    These are operated only from July to early September.
  • To Gotenba side 5th station, use JR Gotenba Line. Get off at Gotenba station.
    From Gotenba station to 5th station, by route bus, about 40 minutes.
    These are operated only from July to early September.

By car

  • To Kawaguchiko side 5th station, run Chuo Expressway and Fuji Subaru Line. About 130 km from Tokyo. About 2 hours.
  • To Fujinomiya side 5th station, run Tomei Expressway and Fujisan Skyline. About 130 km from Tokyo. About 2 hours.
  • To Subashiri side 5th station, run Tomei Expressway. About 120 km from Tokyo. About 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • To Gotenba side 5th station, run Tomei Expressway. About 130 km from Tokyo. About 2 hours.
Mount Fuji Access map



Mount Fuji from Shinjuku (Tokyo)
Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi
Mount Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji from Miho (Shizuoka)
Mount Fuji from Shinkansen window
Mount Fuji from airplane window
Crater formed by the eruption in 1707
Cap cloud over Mount Fuji
Red Fuji Kawaguchiko side 5th station
Photo by Ore no shasou
Around 6th station
Photo by Ore no shasou
Lodge on 7th station
Photo by Ore no shasou
Cloud sea at 8th station
Photo by Ore no shasou
Sunrise around the top of Mount Fuji
Photo by Ore no shasou

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