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Updated:August 30, 2016

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Mountain Climbing

 Request for Donations to Ensure Safe and Enjoyable Climbing at Mt. Fuji

 2015 Fujisan Conservation Donations Campaign

Mt. Fuji climbers are asked to give monetary contributions to help efforts for environmental conservation and enhancing climber safety.

2015 Fujisan Conservation Donations Campaign(PDF:272KB)



Since the temperature between the summit and the ground level can vary about 20℃, proper and comfortable clothing is essential. Long-sleeve shirts, sweaters, windbreakers and rain gear are good choices as weather conditions can change very quickly in the mountains. Gloves are recommended both to protect against the cold and for hiking the steep rocky passages. Towels can be used both to wipe sweat and as a scarf.


Hats can protect you against cold and strong sunlight.To prevent getting sunburn, please also bring sunscreen lotion.


As the sunlight and UV rays are very strong on the mountain, please bring sunglasses with you.


You may experience rocky, steep terrain in some sections, and there is also the potential of sudden, strong wind gusts, so please wear proper hiking shoes which protect your ankles.

Hiking shoes are ideal but if you are unable to find a pair, you can wear comfortable running shoes with hard thick soles. 


Socks are not only worn for sweat absorption purposes, but they also serve as a cushion between your feet and the ground. Therefore, synthetic or wool socks are highly recommended.


Please bring a backpack with thick and wide straps which can evenly distribute the weight over your back and reduce pressure on your shoulders.


Gloves protect your hands against cuts and injuries when hiking the steep, rocky passages. They are also used to protect against the cold.


Raincoats with separate top and bottom are recommended.


If you hike during night time, a flash light is highly recommended.

Bottled Oxygen

Bottled oxygen is used in preventing and fighting altitude sickness. However, if you experience symptoms of altitude sickness, please descend the mountain, and do not push yourself to continue climbing.

Bandages and Compresses

Back and knee pain is common while hiking, so consider bringing bandages and compresses with you. Disinfectant, gauze, and tapes are also helpful in an emergency.

Garbage Bags

There are no garbage cans on the mountain, so please bring your own bag to use for garbage. Plastic bags can also be used as a rain coat when it rains.

Walking Sticks or Canes

Walking sticks are especially useful when you are hiking down the moutain, as they help to reduce the burden on your knees.

Map and Compass

It is possible to get lost, so please do not forget a map and a magnetic compass.


All mountain huts provide water.


It is particularly important to bring enough food when you are on a trail where there are few mountain huts. Although every mountain hut provides various meals, they are rather expensive. Highly nutritious and light food, such as chocolates, and solid or liquid nutrition supplements are strongly recommended.


July and August is the best time of the year to climb Mt. Fuji. Please select dates before the “Oyamanjimai” (Closing of the mountain) on August 26th. The climbing conditions during other seasons are very severe. Moreover, many mountain huts are closed, so rescue activities will be difficult.

Mt. Fuji Safety Guide Centre (6th Station) is open from July 1st to August 31st. TEL 0555-24-6223
It provides climbing advice and information on weather conditions on Mt. Fuji. It also offers help if an emergency occurs. 

Fujida Station and Kawaguchiko Station are the two stations in Yamanashi where you can start climbing. Please keep in mind that hiking up Mt. Fuji requires a lot of time between hiking and resting, and it is important to account for the possibility of an accident or an emergency. Therefore, please make a plan which allows you to hike at a pace which is comfortable for you. If you plan to stay overnight at a mountain hut, please also allow yourself plenty of time so that you can arrive well in advance.

Inexperienced hikers or people in poorer physical condition are advised to avoid climbing at night. Moreover, hiking in groups is much safer than hiking alone. If you have little hiking experience, please consider joining a more experienced team.


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