Mount Fuji, the once-in-a-lifetime trek


On holiday in Tokyo? After going around the bright neighborhood, temple and onsen, you will still have an unforgettable activity to do: climb Mount Fuji. The mountain is the highest point of Japan, at its height of 3,770 meters, it calmly monitors Tokyo’s activity. There are two important objectives to fulfill as you walk along the steep slopes of the mountain. First, reach the top. Second enjoy a unique spiritual experience and a beautiful landscape once reached the top of the mountain. So how do you prepare for the ascent? What are the costs? We tell you everything in the following lines.

Getting up very early

First, you’ll have to plan your trip. To do this, consider taking with you a few sandwiches, a down and a water bottle. Also take a flashlight, you’ll quickly understand why! You will also need warm clothes and good hiking shoes. The ascent is going to be relatively long and the various stands available on the road’s edges cost a fortune. So plan enough to live for a full-day adventure. Also take some dried fruits that will bring you the necessary sugar during the climbing effort.

When you’re ready, head to Gotemba by train. The Gotemba route is the least touristy, but also the least simple. The ascent is still very pleasant, you will not have to stretch a rope or prepare to face the mountain with axes. If the climb is difficult, it is mainly because of the volcanic rocks that pave the way.

Arriving mid-afternoon, you can reach one of the shelters halfway to offer you a well-deserved break. Also take the opportunity to eat and rest. The next morning, you will have to leave very early if you want to enjoy the sunrise over the clouds.

Being able to contemplate paradise

Arriving at the top, you can contemplate a unique spectacle. Here you will be above the clouds, in a light and floating atmosphere. You can sit back and enjoy a coffee while contemplating this unique show at the daily performance. All you have to do is let yourself be purified by a refreshing sunbathing. The show is incredible and lasts only a few minutes, just enough time to understand that you have achieved a small feat. Furthermore, the sun floating on a sea of clouds, is only the promised reward.

Mount fuji clouds

If you don’t plan enough to live for your ascent, there are many shops on the site. However, they are still considerably expensive. Finally, it will take two good hours to descend the mountain with an assured step. If you want to take your time, count 3 hours.

What budget to get to the top of Mount Fuji?

To get to Mount Fuji, you will need a small amount of cash. First, you can afford 40 euros round trip by train to get to Gotemba from Tokyo. On site, you will be asked to participate in an 8 euro fee. If it is not mandatory, I strongly advise you to participate. This donation helps maintain the paths leading to the top of the mountain. It would be very rude to refuse. Then allow between 50 and 60 euros per person for 6 hours of recovery/sleep in one of the halfway huts.

Finally, if you want to have a coffee or a meal at the top of the mountain, plan an additional twenty euros per person. You can find at the top restaurants of ramen, takoyaki and okonomiyaki.