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Mt Fuji Packing List: What to Wear & What to Bring When Climbing Mt. Fuji

by Ryu_C@RakuRakuJP


What is the most important thing when climbing Mount Fuji for the first time?

It’s once again the perfect season for climbing Mount Fuji. Have you already booked your air tickets, mountain hut, and started basic physical training? But to successfully climb to the top of Mount Fuji, you also need a complete set of mountaineering equipment.

A complete set of mountaineering equipment will greatly increase your chances of successfully climbing to the top of Mount Fuji.

If it is your first time to climb Mount Fuji, will you bring your own climbing equipment to climb Mount Fuji, or will you rent climbing equipment? If you were preparing to bring your own climbing equipment to climb Mount Fuji, what equipment would you bring?

It is not very difficult to prepare a complete set of mountaineering equipment. As long as you refer to each step in this article, you can assemble a set of mountaineering equipment that best suits you.

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Mount Fuji climbing equipment
Climbing gear is the key to successfully climbing Mount Fuji. (Click on the image to learn more)

Climbing equipment, mountaineering clothing, and accompanying items for climbing Mt. Fuji

The biggest difference between Mount Fuji and other mountains is that Mount Fuji is an independent mountain with no cover on all sides. Because of this, the weather on Mount Fuji can change very quickly. It can change from sunny days to heavy rain in just a few hours, or it can change from a Grade A weather forecast to a Grade C weather forecast. This often happens. matter.

In other words, when you climb Mount Fuji under such weather changes, it means that you need to face strong winds, heavy rain, and exposure to the sun at the same time. You may be sweating profusely from the sun at first, and then face the never-ending rain. If you don't have adequate hiking equipment, you are likely to suffer from hypothermia in a short period of time.

On the other hand, the climbing trails of Mount Fuji are all rugged volcanic rocks and gravel roads. You need a suitable pair of hiking shoes to complete the entire climbing route.

In other words, to successfully climb Mount Fuji, you need to prepare the following types of climbing equipment to overcome the weather and climbing roads of Mount Fuji. Only then can you climb to the top of Mount Fuji safely:

  1. Mountaineering clothing and accompanying items that are convenient for walking & moving
  2. Windproof, waterproof and cold-proof mountaineering clothing and equipment
  3. Sun protection clothing and personal care products

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The temperature on Mount Fuji is very low, so be sure to keep warm while waiting for the sunrise. (Click on image to enlarge)
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Basic climbing gear – clothing, items for walking and moving

The most important goal of climbing Mount Fuji is to brave the cold wind and wait for the sunrise on the top of Mount Fuji.

However, before you can successfully climb to the top of Mount Fuji, you must safely complete every section of the hiking trail without being cut by sharp volcanic rocks. The following mountaineering equipment is designed to allow you to have your hands free for climbing and reduce the chance of injury during mountaineering.

Hiking boots, socks, footwear (leggings)

The main purpose of hiking boots is to prevent slipping and cuts.

Therefore, when choosing hiking boots, you must pay attention to whether the thickness of the bottom of the hiking boots is sufficient, whether the material is made of hard material, and whether it can be easily cut. In addition, the grooves of the hiking boots must be deep enough to ensure that the hiking boots can grip the ground and not slip easily even in sandy environments or heavy rain.

Another thing to note: the geology and rocks of Mount Fuji are very hard and sharp. Choosing hiking boots with hard soles will ensure that you can complete the entire mountaineering trip.

Waterproof hiking boots are equally important

In addition to checking the hardness of the soles, it is also very important to check whether the hiking boots are waterproof and quick-drying. Because the chances of encountering heavy rain on Mount Fuji are high, hiking boots with certain waterproof functions can keep you dry and comfortable throughout the entire mountaineering trip.

Hiking boots are important, but socks are equally important.

Although you can choose some ordinary socks, some thicker socks with a small amount of shock-absorbing function can make it easier for you to climb Mount Fuji, and can also reduce the damage caused by long-term friction between the skin and the hiking boots.

If it is your first time to buy hiking boots, socks, and foot covers (leggings), you can consider products from Columbia, SmartWool, and Sea To Summit.

Columbia is a brand that specializes in designing hiking boots. The biggest feature is that there are a variety of waterproof hiking boots available for purchase, and the soles have very deep grooves, which are suitable for climbing Mount Fuji and for daily wear.

As for SmartWool's special wool socks, they dry faster than ordinary cotton socks during rain, and will not cause your hiking boots to smell.

It is recommended to use Sea To Summit products for foot covers (gaiters). They are not easy to be cut and can prevent gravel from running into the hiking boots, allowing you to have unhindered access while climbing Mount Fuji. Although the price is a bit high, when you successfully climb to the top of Fuji Mountain to enjoy the sunrise, you will feel that it is very worth it.

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Mountaineering backpack

A suitable mountaineering backpack can evenly distribute the load to different locations on the back, and can also prevent the items you carry from getting wet in heavy rain while climbing Mount Fuji. More importantly, a suitable hiking backpack can reduce your risk of injury.

How to choose a backpack suitable for climbing Mount Fuji?

Taking a 24-hour mountaineering trip as an example, usually a 30L – 40L mountaineering backpack is enough to carry the items needed during the mountaineering trip. For example: carry enough drinking water, food, necessary mountaineering equipment and a set of clothes to change after going down the mountain. This kind of mountaineering backpack is most suitable. In addition, some mountaineering backpacks are equipped with a device for placing an independent drinking water system, allowing you to replenish water anytime and anywhere during the climb of Mount Fuji without spending time getting bottled water from the backpack.

Rainproof cover, sealed zipper bag

A hiking backpack is important, and waterproofing is equally important.

Since the weather on Mount Fuji changes very quickly, and there can be sunny days and heavy rains many times in just a few hours, the mountaineering backpack also needs to be equipped with a rainproof cover to prevent the items in the backpack from getting wet by rain. Especially bus tickets, cameras, spare clothes, etc., these items need to be placed in sealed zipper bags to completely prevent the possibility of getting wet by rain.

Mountaineering Backpack-Fuji Equipment
Osprey's mountaineering backpack is suitable for various needs on short mountaineering trips. (Click on image to enlarge)

Mobile water bag, mountaineering water bottle

Regular hydration is an important part of climbing Mount Fuji. However, since there is no natural water source in the entire Mount Fuji, you must bring enough drinking water, or buy it from a mountain hut on the way up Mount Fuji.

Both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages. For example, bringing your own drinking water can reduce the amount of waste produced, and purchasing drinking water from a mountain hut can reduce the weight you carry during mountain climbing. On the other hand, it is cheaper to bring your own drinking water, but it will cost a lot of money to buy drinking water from the mountain hut.

If you also like Mount Fuji, we recommend that you bring about 4L of drinking water when climbing Mount Fuji. This should be enough for your entire climbing trip while reducing the amount of additional waste.

On the other hand, you can also prepare a 2.5L mobile water bag and two 1L mountaineering water bottles. In this way, you don’t have to stop to get a water bottle from your backpack to drink water. Instead, you can take a small sip every time, so that your body will not reach a state of water shortage, and you don’t have to worry about drinking too much water in a short period of time. , and need to find a restroom temporarily.

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Using a mobile water bag is more convenient and reduces waste. (Click on image to enlarge)
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Mountaineering headlamps and lighting systems

To successfully enjoy the sunrise from Mount Fuji, you must of course climb to Mount Fuji in the dark between 03:00 and 05:00. However, since there are no street lights on the hiking trails of Mount Fuji, you must prepare a reliable and powerful lighting system.

Under normal circumstances, the sun sets on Mount Fuji around 18:00. If you have not arrived at the mountain hut before 18:00, or you need to go to the bathroom after dinner, you need to use a mountaineering headlamp to guide you.

In other words, mountaineering headlamps and lighting systems are not only used while waiting for the sunrise, but are one of the important equipment for climbing Mount Fuji.

A mountaineering headlamp and lighting system suitable for climbing Mount Fuji usually must meet the following conditions:

  • Luminosity is 200 lumens or above
  • With waterproof function
  • Enough to illuminate the environment 10 meters ahead
  • Has a minimum usage time of 6 hours

If you haven't purchased a mountaineering headlamp yet, consider going to a general mountaineering equipment store. The mountaineering headlamps they sell can meet the above conditions. Of course, you can also consider purchasing Black Diamond’s Spot headlamp series, as well as purchasing 2 additional sets of spare batteries, which will definitely be enough for you to use throughout your entire trip to climb Mount Fuji.

Mountaineering Headlamp-Fuji Equipment
The Black Diamond headlamp is more than capable of handling long mountain hikes. (Click on image to enlarge)

Common Mistake – Using Your Phone’s Flash to Climb Mount Fuji

Of course, you need to use a mountaineering headlamp to help with lighting during mountaineering activities, but occasionally you will encounter some climbers who use mobile phone flashers to climb Mount Fuji. In fact, this is a very dangerous behavior.

A mobile phone is your most important communication tool in an emergency, not a mountaineering lighting system

First of all, the first requirement for mountaineering activities is to have your hands free to help balance the body to prevent more serious injuries in the event of a fall. In addition, since Mount Fuji is not a place where power can be obtained at any time, once you use all the power of your mobile phone for lighting purposes, you will lose one of the most important communication tools.

Furthermore, the mobile phone flash is not powerful enough to illuminate the entire hiking trail. If you use your mobile phone's flash instead of a hiking headlamp, it will increase the risk of falling. More importantly, a mobile phone is not cheap. Even the cheapest version is enough for you to buy several hiking headlamps. There is no reason to use the flash of your mobile phone instead of a hiking headlamp.

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Mountaineering Headlamp-Fuji Equipment
A mountaineering headlamp is an important piece of equipment for mountain climbers. (Click on image to enlarge)

Gloves to protect hands from cuts

Since Mount Fuji itself is a large mountain formed through volcanic evolution, the rocks are generally hard and a bit sharp. Therefore, wearing a suitable pair of gloves during mountain climbing can prevent cuts from rocks. Especially when falling on a slope, gloves can provide maximum protection.

Although most climbers choose cheaper labor gloves, based on past experience, these labor gloves absorb a lot of water during rain and also produce odor. If you have the budget, consider purchasing a pair of 3M gloves, especially the ones specifically designed for lifting heavy objects. The advantage is that the material is relatively thick and has a thermal insulation effect. It is very suitable for hiking on cold nights, or when waiting for the sunrise on Mount Fuji.

Another important use of gloves is to protect your hands from sunburn while hiking. Because Mount Fuji's ultraviolet rays are so strong, just a few hours of climbing can be enough to get you sunburned.

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trekking poles for walking

Many climbers have a question before setting off to climb Mount Fuji, which is: "Do I need to carry trekking poles to climb Mount Fuji this time? What is their purpose? Which trekking pole is better?"

The answer to this question is very simple: "Absolutely necessary. Trekking poles are essential climbing equipment for climbing Mount Fuji."

Since there are more steps on Mount Fuji’s climbing trail after the seventh station, and it is difficult to walk from the top of Mount Fuji back to the fifth station on the Yoshida Line, preparing a pair of trekking poles can help with balance and reduce the speed of physical exertion.

Choice of trekking poles

The trekking poles suitable for climbing Mount Fuji can be divided into two types, one is mainly practical, and the other is mainly for sightseeing.

If you usually have the habit of hiking, you can buy some trekking poles such as Black Diamond and Montbell. You can adjust the length of the trekking pole according to the environment of the hiking trail to help you cope with different steps. Moreover, this design is more convenient for storage and suitable for long mountaineering trips.

The other type is trekking poles commemorating the trip to climb Mount Fuji.

These wooden trekking poles can usually be purchased at mountain huts on Mount Fuji’s fifth station and on the hiking trails. Of course, these wooden trekking poles cannot be compared with those professional trekking poles, and they do not have anti-slip handles. They are basically only suitable for engraving different commemorative marks on the trekking poles, rather than being used as a substitute for professional trekking poles.

One thing you need to pay attention to when buying this kind of wooden trekking pole is that you must check the luggage check-in restrictions in advance. If the length of the trekking pole exceeds the regulations, it may be refused transportation.

To put it simply, if you want to leave a souvenir of your climb to Mount Fuji, we recommend using professional hiking poles and then purchasing a short wooden pole to engrave. This way you can easily climb Mount Fuji and get commemorative stamps from different mountain huts!

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Waterproof, windproof and cold-proof equipment needed during mountain climbing

Climbing Mount Fuji requires not only some equipment that is convenient for climbing, but also clothing and equipment during the stationary period are equally important. The main purpose of this equipment is to prevent you from getting wet, prevent hypothermia, and reduce the chance of catching a cold during a break due to heavy rain.

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How to choose windproof and waterproof equipment

Choosing a suitable set of mountaineering clothing is mainly to achieve the goal of "quick drying". Because as long as sweat evaporates quickly, it can help the body dissipate heat quickly and reduce the chance of heat stroke symptoms.

As for the waterproof and windproof functions, it is to prevent you from hypothermia due to rain and strong wind taking away your body temperature in heavy rain and strong wind environments.

Simply put, you need to wear different clothes in different weather conditions, and "wearing the clothes in the right order" is more important than "what clothes to wear."

The order of wearing clothes from the inside out when climbing Mount Fuji should be:

  1. Close-fitting inner layer – Wear clothes that dry quickly
  2. Mid-layer clothing – requires a certain level of warmth
  3. Outer jacket – needs to be sufficiently windproof and waterproof

Under normal circumstances, you only need to change the way you wear the outermost layer of clothing according to the weather and temperature at the time to assemble the most suitable set of mountaineering clothing. Because the purpose of the entire set of mountaineering clothing is to prevent moisture from accumulating near the body and preventing the body from getting wet from rain. The most important thing is to keep the body dry and reduce the risk of hypothermia.

Of course, there are also some opinions that you should bring an umbrella with you only when climbing Mount Fuji so that you can use it in case of heavy rain. However, since the wind speed on Mount Fuji is not low, umbrellas can easily be damaged by strong winds and may also hit other climbers. Therefore, it is absolutely not recommended to use umbrellas on Mount Fuji because it is very dangerous.

Therefore, if you encounter an environment with unstable weather, it is better to use a mountaineering jacket, which is not only windproof but also rainproof.

Clothing options for climbing Mount Fuji

It is actually not very difficult to choose a complete set of clothing suitable for climbing Mount Fuji. Generally, you can find suitable tops, jackets, and sweatpants in UNIQLO clothing stores.

If your requirements are relatively high, you can also go to different mountaineering supplies stores to buy some more professional mountaineering clothing. It will be easier to buy some mountaineering clothing that is lighter and has higher waterproof capabilities.

If you don’t want to spend time researching information on different mountaineering clothing, you can also refer to the following clothing recommendations:

  • Tops – Quick-drying sweat-wicking underwear, quick-drying short-sleeved sweatshirts, quick-drying sports jackets from the UNIQLO Dry Ex range.
  • Outerwear – UNIQLO BlockTech Wind and Water Repellent Jacket, Re:echo Momentum Performance Shield Wind and Rain Repellent Jacket.
  • Pants – Re:echo Ranger Tech Pants Quick-drying sweat-wicking hiking pants.

I chose the UNIQLO DRY Ex series of clothing mainly because it is relatively cheap and also comes in styles of underwear, sportswear, and sports coats. In addition, DRY Ex uses quick-drying materials, which can achieve quick-drying effects, and also has a certain degree of sun protection function.

As for the BlockTech series of windproof and water-repellent jackets, they are UNIQLO's better waterproof product line. They can basically withstand moderate rainfall, but it will be more difficult to cope with heavy rain for several hours in a row.

Of course, if you have a larger budget, you can also consider purchasing the Re:echo Momentum Performance Shield windproof and rainproof jacket. Even if you have to climb Mount Fuji in the rain, it is basically not easy for the rain to get wet and cause body temperature loss.

Comparison of UNIQLO / Re:echo windproof and waterproof jackets

UNIQLO BlockTech can cope with light rain environment. Re:echo Momentum Performance Shield uses a new waterproof and breathable material with a waterproof degree of 25,000mm/H2O.

Other waterproof items worth considering purchasing

The waterproof bag is a full-coverage small backpack. Its main purpose is to prevent the backup clothes from getting wet by rain, and at the same time protect some important items, such as tickets, passports, cameras, etc. Usually the capacity of waterproof bags does not need to be very large. For example, the 8L and 13L styles of Sea to Summit are basically enough to store all clothes and important items.

In addition, you can also prepare a few more sealed zipper bags to wrap your mobile phone during your climb to Mount Fuji. This will reduce the chance of your phone getting wet during rain.

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Clothing changes during climbing Mount Fuji

Climbing Mount Fuji will experience an altitude of 2,400 meters – 3,776 meters above sea level. Therefore, during climbing, you must decide on a suitable set of clothing based on the weather, temperature, and amount of exercise at the time. This will prevent your body from getting too hot or too cold. To achieve this goal, you can try the "onion style"

"Onion dressing" is a way of wearing multiple layers of thin clothing to cope with weather changes.

How does the "onion style" fit in with climbing Mount Fuji? First of all, when you are preparing to set off at the fifth station of the Yoshida Line, since the temperature at that time is about 18 degrees – 20 degrees, and there is plenty of sunshine, you are also ready to start climbing, so you can wear less clothing. When you arrive at the seventh station or need to be active near the mountain hut after sunset, you will need to wear some thicker clothes.

As for 04:00 in the morning, when you are waiting for the sunrise on the top of Mount Fuji, you have to put on as much clothes as possible to keep your body warm. Until you return to the trailhead, be sure to keep an eye on the weather and wear the most appropriate clothing.

Mount Fuji weather forecast
During the 24 hours of climbing Mount Fuji, you will experience environments of 20 degrees and 0 degrees respectively. (Click on image to enlarge)

When starting to climb Mount Fuji at the fifth station

Most climbers usually arrive at the trailhead of the fifth station of the Yoshida Line on Mt. Fuji at 11:00, and then arrange to climb Mt. Fuji between 11:00 and 15:00. Since the sun will be strong during this period and the temperature will range from 13 degrees to 20 degrees, you need to choose some clothes that are easy to wick away sweat and dry quickly during this period, and the primary goal is to prevent sunburn from ultraviolet rays.

Clothing choices during this period:

  1. Form-fitting inner layer – wear UNIQLO Dry Ex quick-drying sweat-wicking underwear
  2. Second layer – wearing UNIQLO Dry Ex quick-drying short-sleeved sportswear
  3. Third Layer – Wear the UNIQLO Dry Ex Long Sleeve Quick-Drying Sports Jacket as a sun protection layer
  4. Choose sweatpants that are sweat-wicking and quick-drying, such as the Re:echo Ranger Tech Pant

The above set of mountaineering clothing can completely cover any part of the body and prevent you from being sunburned by high-intensity ultraviolet rays while climbing Mount Fuji.

During highland seventh station activities and long breaks during mountain climbing

Starting from the seventh station, the temperature will gradually drop, coupled with strong winds and rains from time to time, you will need to add an additional UNIQLO BlockTech windproof and water-repellent jacket to your original mountaineering clothing. This will prevent your body from getting wet and reduce the chance of hypothermia.

During the activity at the 8th station mountain hut

Although most mountain huts are equipped with heating equipment, basically there is no need to worry about windproof and waterproof issues in the indoor environment. However, since many restrooms are located dozens of meters away from the mountain huts, coupled with the strong wind environment and the temperature after sunset, the temperature is often maintained at around 2 degrees. Therefore, when going out, you must wear a set of clothing suitable for hiking at night and pay attention to keeping warm.

Early morning trip from the mountain hut to the top of Mount Fuji

If you plan to go to the top of Mount Fuji to enjoy the sunrise, be sure to keep warm, because the journey from the mountain hut to the top of Mount Fuji will be relatively cold.

It is worth noting that strong winds often occur during this time, and coupled with the effects of lack of sleep, the body will be more sensitive to cold weather. Moreover, the outdoor temperature is only about 5 degrees. When choosing clothing, you must keep warm as your main goal.

Assuming you are still wearing your original hiking clothes, you can wear the following additional clothing:

  1. Layer a lightweight down jacket under the UNIQLO BlockTech Wind and Water Repellent Jacket for insulation.
    • Thin down jacket: You can choose the lighter UNIQLO Ultra Light Down
  2. On the UNIQLO BlockTech windproof and water-repellent jacket, wear a high-density Re:echo Momentum Performance Shield windproof jacket, or other Gore-tex jackets as a heavy windproof layer.
    • Main goal: To ensure that cold air and rain don't get through the double windproof and waterproof jacket and cause you to suffer from hypothermia.

While waiting for sunrise at Mount Fuji

If you have ever had the experience of waiting for the sunrise, I believe you will understand the saying "It is the coldest before dawn."

In addition, the top of Mount Fuji is located at an altitude of more than 3,700 meters, and the temperature must be very low. If coupled with strong winds and insufficient exercise, you will basically feel uncomfortable very quickly, and you will want to give up waiting for the sunrise. Then go home immediately.

If you don’t want this to happen while waiting for the sunrise, then keeping warm and wearing enough cold-proof and windproof clothes are the most important things to pay attention to during this period.

To put it simply, you can add thermal gloves and a thermal scarf to your original mountaineering clothing to prevent body temperature from escaping. In addition, prepare an insulated cushion to avoid sitting on cold stones. At the same time, pay extra attention to keeping your hands and neck warm, so that you can support yourself until the sunrise.

If you feel that the above thermal insulation items are not enough, you can also bring an aluminum metal thermal pad for first aid, a self-heating thermal pack, and buy a can of hot drink at the mountain hut on the top of Mount Fuji. I believe these things will help you warmly enjoy the sunrise on top of Mount Fuji.

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Warm items-Fuji gear
These items can all help keep your body warm while you wait for the sun to rise atop Mount Fuji. (Click on image to enlarge)

Sun protection clothing, sun protection items

As the highest mountain in Japan, there is really no taller object than Mount Fuji to shield you from the fierce sunlight, allowing you to climb to the top of Mount Fuji very coolly and without getting sunburned by ultraviolet rays. Therefore, it is very important to carry clothing and sunscreen items with sufficient sun protection function.

Generally speaking, there are three types of sunscreen items suitable for climbing Mount Fuji, each of which can protect different parts of the body. They are:

  • Sunglasses
  • sun hat
  • quick dry scarf


Sunglasses can protect your eyes from direct sunlight. When you start climbing Mount Fuji from 11:00 to 16:00, the sun will be very strong during this period. If you want to see the sea of clouds on Mount Fuji in person, you must prepare sunglasses to climb Mount Fuji.

Recommended Sunglasses for Climbing Mount Fuji

Sunglasses can choose Nike this kind of anti-UV sports glasses. It is characterized by being very lightweight and has a non-slip design. Even if you encounter strong light, you can still maintain a good line of sight.

sun hat

Like sunglasses, sun hats block part of the sun's rays to avoid eye irritation. However, sun protection hats can directly block part of the ultraviolet rays and avoid facial sunburn.

Recommended sun hats for climbing Mt. Fuji

You can choose this Black Diamond style quick-drying hat for sun hat. Although there is no part covering the top of the head, it perspires very quickly and is not easy to produce odor.

quick dry scarf

Many climbers pay great attention to sun protection equipment for their eyes, but neglect sun protection care for their necks. Since sunburn on the neck is not easy to detect, it is often only when you feel a stinging pain when you return to the hotel room to take a shower that you realize you are seriously sunburned. Therefore, a quick-drying scarf is a very important sun protection equipment for climbing Mount Fuji.

Recommended windproof clothing for climbing Mount Fuji

For a quick-drying scarf, you can choose HAD Originals’ sweat-wicking and breathable scarf, which is mainly used to wrap around the neck to prevent sunburn. And when the sun is strong, you can also wear it differently to cover the top of your head.

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Do I need to carry sunscreen spray and sunscreen when climbing Mount Fuji?

Perhaps at this point, you will think that Mount Fuji is a place with very strong sunshine. Just like going to the beach, you need to bring sunscreen spray and sunscreen oil before starting to climb Mount Fuji.

However, the ultraviolet rays from Mount Fuji are not as serious as you think. As long as you wear enough clothing to cover every part of your body, your chances of getting sunburned while hiking are actually very low. In addition, sunscreen spray and sunscreen oil are easily taken away by sweat when climbing, or they may hinder perspiration and affect the body's heat dissipation, so they are not recommended.

Other helpful items for mountaineering trips

backup power bank

Although most mountain huts provide charging equipment for you to charge your mobile phone during your break. However, you still need to prepare a mobile power supply so that you don’t have to worry about missing the opportunity to take pictures of the sea of clouds or the sunrise because your mobile phone or camera runs out of power.

Portable oxygen bottle

The entire climb to Mount Fuji will take place between 2,400 meters and 3,700 meters above sea level. The oxygen content at this altitude is lower than the sea level. In addition, when there are many people in the mountain hut and when you are waiting for the sunrise near the top of Fuji, you may suffer from slight altitude sickness due to thin oxygen. So you should prepare a portable oxygen bottle before starting to climb Mount Fuji.

Although the capacity of general portable oxygen bottles is not large and is not enough for you to use it for a long time, when you have symptoms of difficulty breathing or mild asthma, these portable oxygen bottles can relieve the uncomfortable symptoms.

One thing you need to pay attention to: If the symptoms of difficulty breathing and mild asthma continue to appear without any signs of relief, you must seek help from a nearby rescue center, descend the mountain as soon as possible, and return to the entrance of the mountain trail to seek more medical treatment. assist.

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Power Bank-Portable Oxygen-Mount Fuji Equipment
A backup power bank, portable oxygen bottle, and pen are all items you need to carry when climbing Mount Fuji.

Pens, postcards, stamps

Nowadays, most people don’t send postcards. They usually post a few posts on social media and then prove that they have climbed Mount Fuji.

However, if you want to collect different types of Mount Fuji climbing souvenirs, you can’t miss their postcards. Because the post office at the top of Mount Fuji will provide different commemorative stamps and special postcards, and you can also buy mountaineering certificates, you must prepare enough stationery and folders to set off to climb Mount Fuji.

Disposable plastic bags, airtight zipper bags

There are no garbage cans on Mount Fuji, and there will be no staff to dispose of any garbage from climbers. Even the garbage produced by the mountain hut needs to be transported to the entrance of the hiking trail using a tractor every day. Therefore, every climber who climbs Mount Fuji has the responsibility and obligation to take away his or her own garbage.

The locals say that Mount Fuji belongs to everyone, so everyone has the responsibility to protect it.

Disposable plastic bags have several main uses. They can not only wrap your own garbage, but also wrap soaked clothes to prevent other items in your hiking backpack from getting wet. It is very convenient.

The purpose of sealing zipper bags is to prevent tickets, cameras, and other important items from getting wet in heavy rain to ensure that subsequent trips will not be affected.

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Clothing and items not recommended

The weather changes in Mount Fuji are very extreme. The sun is very strong at noon, very cold at night, and sometimes there are sudden storms and heavy rains. Therefore, you need to prepare different clothes and items to cope with different weather changes.

However, all types of clothing and items are suitable for climbing Mount Fuji. Certain items in particular will not only affect your Mount Fuji climbing itinerary, but may also cause unnecessary trouble to other climbers.

Wool underwear, cotton clothing, heavy down

Even though summer is a suitable season for climbing Mount Fuji, it does not change the cold temperature at the top of Mount Fuji. During the period from July to September, the average temperature on Mount Fuji ranges from 2 degrees to 15 degrees. When you prepare mountaineering clothing, you must choose some jackets made of lightweight, multi-layered, and waterproof materials.

Although woolen underwear, cotton clothes, and heavy down are the most common warm clothing in daily life, especially in winter, when you wear this type of clothing while climbing Mount Fuji, sweat will continue to accumulate on the surface of the skin. Easily evaporated.

Sweat helps the body dissipate heat, so there will be no major problems while climbing Mount Fuji. However, when you are resting, sweat will further remove body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.

Of course, this does not mean that you cannot wear down when climbing Mount Fuji, but you must constantly adjust the combination of clothing, choose waterproof and breathable down jackets, and keep your body dry, so you will be more comfortable.

Disposable raincoats, umbrellas

There is no denying that disposable raincoats are indeed lightweight, easy to purchase, and are very convenient rain gear in daily life.

However, since most disposable raincoats are very simple in design, they can easily be blown apart by force. If used while climbing Mount Fuji, it will make you more likely to get wet from rain and increase the possibility of body temperature loss. On the other hand, disposable raincoats are neither breathable nor designed to dissipate heat easily. The heat and sweat generated during mountain climbing will continue to accumulate, causing adverse reactions to the body.

On the other hand, although using an umbrella can solve the heat dissipation problem caused by disposable raincoats, in the strong wind environment on Mount Fuji, no one can guarantee that the umbrella will not be blown away by the strong wind, nor can it guarantee that the umbrella will not injure other climbers. By.

toothbrush, toothpaste

Since Mount Fuji does not have a natural water source, it relies on tractors to carry drinking water to the mountain hut. So whether you are on a hiking trail or in a mountain hut, water is a very scarce resource, and it is not enough for you to brush your teeth. Therefore, toothbrushes and toothpaste can be left in the hotel room and used after completing the hiking trip.

On the other hand, because the water supply in the mountain hut's bathroom is very limited, it is not enough for you to rinse your mouth. If your breath is sensitive, it is recommended to prepare more chewing gum as a backup.

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Fire supplies, camping supplies

Setting up a tent and lighting a fire to cook on Mount Fuji seems to be a very rare experience that you must try once. However, to be very clear: this is extremely dangerous and prohibited.

The strong winds on Mount Fuji are not suitable for setting up tents, and there is not enough water on Mount Fuji to prepare for fire extinguishing.

Why can’t we erect tents or light fires for cooking on Mount Fuji? In addition to strong winds that may blow away the tent and possibly injure passers-by, more importantly, the air pressure and fire protection equipment on Mount Fuji are different from those down the mountain. If you don't have official permission, don't try it to avoid breaking the law.


After the introduction in this article, I believe you have an in-depth understanding of the equipment on Mount Fuji. You should all know by now which items are essential for climbing Mount Fuji, and which items you should avoid carrying when climbing Mount Fuji.

Another point worth considering: When you book a hotel, you can arrange your accommodation in the same hotel before and after climbing Mount Fuji, especially in some of the larger and more famous hotels in Tokyo.

In this way, you can leave your suitcase at the front desk and let the staff help take care of it. Then you can start climbing Mount Fuji with the necessary items without having to worry about placing your suitcase or searching for a locker.

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Jane 2023-07-08 - 09:23

Hi there
Wonder how much water shall i prepare when i climb down the mountain?
Where is the last place i can buy bottle water?

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Raku Raku 2023-07-08 - 09:55

Hi Jane,

If you start your climbing trip at sunny days, usually 3L – 4.5L is enough for the whole trip. But in rainy days, it depends on your drinking habit.

And you can buy water at Kawaguchiko station, Shinjuku station. Also, you can buy water at the the mountain hut, but the cost of water is much higher than the usual price, probably ¥500 Yen for 500ml ionic water.

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