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About Climbing Mt. Fuji

About Climbing Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji, with an elevation of 3,776 meters, is Japan’s tallest mountain.
Not only special for its height, it has been an object of religious belief since ancient times for its graceful shape, which many of Japan’s artists have rendered, such as
Hokusai Katsushika, Hiroshige Utagawa, Tessai Tomioka, and Taikan Yokoyama;
there is not enough time to list them all.

Many people suffer from altitude sickness during their ascent up Mt. Fuji, Japan’s greatest mountain.
This is because they climb without taking breaks or sleeping, and reach high elevation in a short time.
Climbing while sleep-deprived builds fatigue and can lead to injuries.

How's the walking pace?

On this tours, professional mountaineering guides will lead groups of climbers to the destination while taking stamina and pacing into account.
The pace may feel slow, but by using consideration when approaching spots on the mountain trail which exhaust a lot of stamina, fatigue does not set in as easily, and the pacing is set to help the body adapt better to higher elevations, so climbers can match the speed set by the guides to make it to the top without too much trouble.

How to rest?

The mountain guide in charge and the tour conductor will check everyone’s conditions and take appropriate breaks. When there is a break longer than five minutes, drink water, go to the bathroom and do some stretches.

What is altitude sickness?

The body is not getting enough oxygen. Fatigue, lethargy and headaches are some of the symptoms.

What to do to avoid altitude sickness?

1. Climb the mountain with a schedule that allows for flexibility. Getting enough sleep and refraining from alcohol are also precautions to take.
2. At the fifth station, take up to to one or two hours break. Your body will get used to the altitude.
3. Walk slowly and take short breaks. Aim to rest five minutes for every 25 minutes climbing, or 10 minutes for every 50 minutes climbing.
4. Keep your metabolism up by frequently replenishing fluids and going to the bathroom.
5. Practice abdominal breathing to get as much oxygen as you can.

What if I get altitude sickness?

The cure is returning to a lower elevation. Tell the guide or tour conductor you feel sick.

Make sure to protect against the cold!

The summit of Mt. Fuji has icicles hanging from crags even in winter, and it can drop below zero degrees before sunrise. Be careful to protect against the cold.

Climbing manners

Mt. Fuji itself and much of the area at its base is designated as a national park, a World Heritage Site, and a historical landmark, and protected by law.
Collecting flora and fauna, taking rocks and lava stones, writing graffiti, pitching tents and setting open-air fires, and letting pets run free are all prohibited.
Respect the rules when climbing.

Who has a right of way, climbers or people coming down?

As a general rule on the narrow roads, climbers have the right of way.

What to know when the mountain is crowded?

It is dangerous to try to force your way past other people on a crowded trail by leaving the path; this can lead to falls or cause rockslides.

Where to walk?

Walking on the outside lane of the trail can cause pebbles to fall, and inconveniences other climbers.
As much as possible, walk on the inside lane (side closest to the mountain).

What if I cause a rockslide?

If you accidentally cause one, yell “rakuseki!” so that everyone around you can hear the warning.

How to come in contact with animals?

The mountain paths on Mt. Fuji are designated wildlife refuges. Do not approach animals and nests, even if you see them.