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A guide to hiking Mount Fuji, Japan

Japan Mount Fuji Pagoda

Ranked as one of the most popular activities in the Shizuoka Prefecture, the season for hiking Mt. Fuji has officially begun. From the 10th of July to the 10th of September, the trails to the summit are open to climbers. Both locals and tourists flock to this iconic natural landmark, standing tall at 3,776 meters. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it holds a special place in the hearts of the Japanese and is a bucket list item for travellers worldwide. Starting Point Shizuoka Prefecture is the prime starting location for the ascent. It offers access to three of the four Mt. Fuji trails: the Subashiri, Gotemba, and Fujinomiya Trails. Each one showcases unique landscapes, from lush forests and stunning tree-lined pathways to panoramic views of surrounding rice fields. Depending on your preference and physical capacity, you can choose from challenging paths or more leisurely ascents. Subashiri Trail The Subashiri Trail is a favourite among morning hikers aiming to catch the sunrise, offering a variety of landscapes and many amenities along the way. Famous for its long stretches of volcanic sand, it takes approximately 6 hours to traverse this trail. Gotemba Trail For a less crowded, more leisurely hike, the Gotemba Trail is ideal. It has a much gentler slope and takes longer to complete, around 8 hours. The slower pace offers ample time to enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding rice fields. Fujinomiya Trail The Fujinomiya Trail offers the shortest ascent, taking around 5 hours. As the busiest trail during peak periods, it… Read More