There are four courses in Mt. Fuji, the Yoshida route, the Fujinomiya route, the Subashiri route and the Gotemba route. Since there is a difference in the time required and the number of mountain huts for each route, let’s enjoy climbing Mt. Fuji by choosing the one that suits you.
There are four routes to climb Mt.Fuji
I introduce four routes of Mt. Fuji climbing. The Yoshida route has 16 mountain huts on the course and 2 emergency stations. The climbing path is completely divided by climbing and descending, and the descending road is a road which is decked with a bulldozer. In addition, a high-speed bus goes from Shinjuku station to the mountain entrance during the season. Because facilities and access are substantial, nearly 60% of mountaineers will choose this route. The Fujinomiya route is also relatively equipped with seven mountain huts and one rescue facility so you can use it. The highest altitude of the climbing entrance is the closest course to the summit. There are few users on the Subashiri route, so you can enjoy a calm mountaineering. It is characterized by having a lot of green till the 6th station. The Gotemba route has the lowest altitude of the climbing entrance and takes the longest time to the top of the mountain. For this reason, it is for people who are confident in physical fitness.
Recommended route for beginners
The most recommended course for Mt. Fuji beginner is the Yoshida route. Because there are many mountain huts, you can procure while climbing water and food. Also, it is recommended that you can see the sunset from the mountain path. You can also make a plan like “staying at a mountain hut and looking at the sunrise and heading toward the summit”. The Fujinomiya route is safe even for beginners because facilities are full next to Yoshida route. Also, the summit of the Fujinomiya Route is closer to Kengamine than the Yoshida route. Kengamine is the highest point in Mt. Fuji. If you want to stand in the highest place in Japan, it may be better to choose this route. However, the inclination of the Fujinomiya route is tight. It is not easy because the distance to the summit is short, so it’s better to be careful.
Recommended route for intermediate and senior
For people who have experience of climbing Mt. Fuji several times or those who have climbing experiences and are confident in their fitness and skills, the Gotemba route is recommended. The roundtrip to the summit is 19.5 kilometers, which is nearly twice as long as the shortest Fujinomiya route. There are only five mountain huts though it is this long route. However, there are many benefits to Gotemba route. Because few people choose this course, you can climb comfortably even at peak times. Also, the mountain hut is not as crowded as the Yoshida route or the Fujinomiya Route, making reservations easier. In addition, there is a big sand run the descending Gotemba route. Sand is spreading on the slope, so you can run down at a stretch. For this reason, in fact the time to go down is slightly shorter than the Yoshida route. Subashiri route is also recommended for those who climb Mt. Fuji for the second time. People who have never walked only the Yoshida Route or the Fujinomiya Route, are surprised to see that “Mt. Fuji is so natural!” because you walk in the nature of Mt.Fuji in the beginning of walking. Even if the altitude gets higher, there are mountain huts moderately, and you can climb safely.