Please note: The 2015 Mt. Fuji climbing window opens between July and September. Book now if you are up to this adventure!
- Overnight hiking adventure up Mt Fuji
- Watch the sun rise from the top of Mt Fuji
- Relax your tired muscles in an onsen (spa) hot spring bath
- Enjoy stunning views across the Japanese landscape
- Your Choice of Professional English-speaking or Chinese-speaking Guide
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
Much more interactive than a typical coach tour, this excursion features both daytime and nighttime hikes and is an awesome opportunity for adventurous people who don't want to just admire Mt Fuji from afar. Seeing the sunrise from the top is unforgettable!
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What You Can Expect
After meeting with your guide, travel by coach to Mt Fuji. On your way, enjoy a drive through stunning scenery that offers magnificent views of Mt Fuji from different angles. On arrival at the fifth station, located at 7,560 feet (2,304 meters), you can relax, have a Japanese-style lunch at the fifth station restaurant (own expense ) and prepare for the climb ahead.
At approximately 1pm, start your ascent of Mt Fuji. The hike has two parts -- the first section to the seventh station from Lake Kawaguchi, Yoshida Exit mountain trail, located at 9,457 feet (2,910 meters), takes about 4 hours along designated paths.
At 5pm, have dinner and rest for a few hours at a toyokan (mountain hut) to become acclimatized to the altitude. The huts are very basic and have wooden bunk beds that are more for resting than sleeping.
At 10pm, start the second part of your climb. Be guided by the moonlight and the beam of your flashlight as you walk over steep rocky outcrops to reach the summit of Mt Fuji, where you’ll wait for the first rays of dawn to peek through the horizon. This section is approximately 5 hours long.
Day 2: Mt Fuji - Tokyo (B)
You can’t help but feel the thrill of all the mountain explorers who’ve come before you as you watch the sun rise from the top of Mt Fuji. While you eat your breakfast, take this time to appreciate the natural beauty unfolding as day breaks. If time permits, you can walk the rim of the caldera (90 minutes) before your descent back to the fifth station.
Then, travel to Laka Yamanaka Hot Springs, the famous onsen (meaning ‘spa’) baths at Beni Fuji no Yu to soak your tired muscles. As you relax in the open-air hot spring baths, enjoy the garden setting and the excellent views of Mt Fuji. The onsen also has steam rooms, saunas and waterfall showers to soothe your aches and pains. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant (own expense) or have a massage before boarding the coach for the return trip to Tokyo.
Please see below for notes on what to bring and expect on this Mt Fuji experience.
Tour operates only in July, August and early September.
The summit of Mt Fuji is 12,388 feet (3,776 meters) above sea level and altitude sickness may occur. The rest stop at the mountain hut is designed to acclimatize you to the altitude so you can avoid altitude sickness.
Mountain Hut :
The sleeping area at the mountain hut is mixed-gender with bunk beds. The space allotted to each participant is typically about 17 square feet (1.6 square meters), so be aware that you may not be able to sleep comfortably. There are no bathing facilities at the lodge. Non-flushing Japanese toilets are located outside the lodge (Western-style toilets are not available).
What to bring:
- Flashlight/torch or headlamp
- Warm clothing
- Good walking shoes or boots
- Water bottle
Very professional tour guides!
Viator contracted the local tour operator. They were incredible...caring folks that explained everything and had all logistics (transpo, trail, hut, food) taken care of. Hike was slow but ensured everyone that could hike did make it. Sunrise made it all worth it. Prepare to spend $5-$6 p/ bottle of water if you don't bring enough. Have gear necessary for 3 kinds of weather (cold, hot, wet)...we hit all three in our trip. Met great folks from around the world...0 complaints. Must do experience....this will thrust you into Japanese culture.
The hike and tour guides were amazing! I highly recommend this trip! The onsen after the hike was just what we needed...cannot say enough good things about this trip!
The tour was perfect, the English speaking guide really knew her stuff. It's very cold at the top, don't forget hats and gloves! The whole experience was fantastic and one which we will never forget. This trip was in the first week of our three week honeymoon, cannot recommend it highly enough!
Be sure to bring the recommended warm clothing
Very professional and personal experience. Weather was poor so no sun rise visible - emphasised the need to be led by experienced guides.
To quote...., this experience / achievement was "priceless"!
Very good, exactly what I wanted, tour guide spoke excellent english for it not being his first language.
We recently did the 2 day Mt. Fuji sunrise hike with JTB Sunrise Tours (organized by Viator) and were generally happy with services. Heres the pros and cons:
1) Tour was well organized
2) Tour leader spoke English fluently
3) Tour was worth the cost/fees charged
1) We took breaks every 20 minutes
2) They insisted that we walk extremely slow
3) They insisted that we walk in a single file line for much of the trail
4) It was not clear in the advertisements that you all need to meet in one hotel (i.e. JTB is not going to pick you up)
Overall, we had a great time. The mountain hut was clean and comfortable and the overall feeling of being at Mt. Fuji was exciting. There are a few things worth noting, which are beyond the control of JTB. First, the mountain was packed. There were literally thousands of people on the trail and at times there were traffic jams where you had to wait 30 seconds between each step. Next, it rained for the last 5 hours of the hike. As such, it was cold and windy and there was no sunrise to see. Fortunately JTB had arranged/reserved a room in the mountain hut where we had soup for 25 minutes before heading down. After descending from the mountain, the tour visits a natural hot springs spa. In Japanese culture, participants partake naked. While we were skeptical at first, we actually found the natural springs to be incredibly relaxing and well worth it.
The your was great. The guides were very friendly, knowledgable and encouraging. We had perfect weather and I will remember this experience for many years to come!