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How Long Does It Take to Climb Mount Fuji? Complete Itinerary for Beginner

by Ryu_C@RakuRakuJP

Mountaineering day itinerary planning

To successfully climb Mount Fuji, the most important thing is to arrange the mountain hut, air tickets, travel accommodation, and mountaineering equipment before departure, and then set off on time to Tokyo to climb Mount Fuji! But did you feel like something was missing?

that's oneDetailed Mt. Fuji climbing plan!

If you lack a detailed mountain climbing plan, you will not know when you should leave from Tokyo, and you will not know when you need to take the Fujikyuko bus, and you need to stop after arriving at the fifth station of the Yoshida route SUBARU on Mount Fuji How long does it take to climb a mountain safely.

Also, how long should it take to climb from the fifth station of SUBARU on the Yoshida route to the mountain hut? How long does it take to climb from the mountain hut to the top of Mount Fuji? And I heard that there seems to be a route on the top of the mountain called the Boxun Line, which can walk around the crater on the top of the mountain. Do you know how to arrange time on this route? Then how much time does it take to return from the top of the mountain to the fifth station and so on.

I believe that these questions are not easy to answer for you who are climbing Mount Fuji for the first time, so today's article will share with you the detailed planning of the entire mountaineering itinerary!

Arrive at Yoshida 8th Station and Goraikokan before sunset

If you plan to arrive at the mountain hut at the eighth station before sunset, you need to start from the fifth station at a suitable time.

Generally speaking, if you start from the fifth station of the Yoshida Line SUBARU LINE and climb to the height of the eighth station, it will take about 5 hours and 30 minutes, and the rest time is not counted.
If you will rest, take photos, and shoot videos halfway, it will take an extra hour to set off at the fifth station of the Yoshida Line SUBARU LINE, starting from 13:00 to 12:00.

In addition, in order to allow the body to adapt to the environment of Mount Fuji, andPrevention of Altitude Sickness, if you don’t have the habit of climbing mountains often, you should stay for 1 hour to 2 hours after reaching the 2000-meter highland environment at the fifth station of SUBARU LINE, so that your body can adapt to the mountain environment before starting.

In other words, if you want to climb Mount Fuji more easily, it is recommended to arrive at the trailhead at the fifth station of the Yoshida Line at around 10:00 or 11:00 in the morning, go to the bathroom, and visit the store at the fifth station of Yoshida Line. Then start climbing at 12 o'clock.

This itinerary will be relatively easy, and it will also be able to reach the pre-booked mountain hut before sunset.

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When should I take the mountaineering bus?

As I said just now, if your goal is to arrive at the SUBARU LINE 5th station at 11 am, you need to take the mountaineering bus at 8:55 am if you depart from Shinjuku. If it is a station departing from Kawaguchiko Station, you need to take the mountain bus to the fifth station of SUBARU LINE on the Yoshida Line at 9:40 in the morning.

And because there will be more climbers during the holidays and the bus seats are very limited, it will be easier to buy a bus ticket and go to the fifth station of the SUBARU LINE on the Yoshida Line if you leave earlier.

Mountaineering bus driving information

The earliest mountaineering bus departs from Shinjuku: 06:45 in the morning, and the journey takes about 2 hours and 35 minutes.
The earliest mountaineering bus departs from Lake Kawaguchi: 08:50 in the morning, and the journey takes about 55 minutes.

Details:  Mount Fuji Climbing - Lake Kawaguchi - Shinjuku - Fifth Station - Transportation
Additionally, if there isReservation for rental of climbing equipment, and intend to pick up on the day of climbing, you need to reserve time to pick up the climbing equipment.

What time will you arrive at the mountain hut and Yulaiguang Pavilion?

If you are scheduled to start at 12:00 noon, if your climbing speed is fast, you can reach the mountain hut at the eighth station at about 5:00 pm, and you can reach the Yulaiguang Pavilion at 5:30 pm or 6 hours.

But if you have a lot of rest on the way, you prefer to take pictures of scenery, you need to take a video to clock in, and you need to walk slowly, I believe you can reach the mountain hut at the eighth station around 7:00 pm.

When you arrive at the mountain hut, it is recommended to rest slowly, enjoy the dinner prepared for you by the mountain hut, and find a chance to sleep to replenish your energy.
Then set off to the top of Mount Fuji in the early hours of the morning to watch the sunrise at the highest point in Japan.

Is it recommended to go to the top of the mountain to watch the time of Yulaiguang?

Because the sunrise time of Mt. Fuji will be a little different from the usual time at sea level, so you need to take a look at the top of Mt. Fuji before departure.Yulaiguang time changes with the month. Generally speaking, the sunrise time in July is about 4:30 am, and the sunrise time in September is about 5:20 am.

So when you set off to climb Mount Fuji in that month, you will decide at what time you should start from the mountain hut to the top of Mount Fuji to watch the sunrise. Maybe you are worried, what if you forget to write down the sunrise time?
In fact, don’t worry, because the mountain hut will be very considerate for everyone to check the weather, temperature, and sunrise time of the day, so that you have the best preparations before setting off to the top of the mountain.

while inYoshida Eighth Station Climb to the top of the mountain, it will take about 2 hours and 40 minutes. If you start from the eighth station and Goraikokan, it will take 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the top of Mt. Fuji. When you set off to the top of the mountain, you can calculate your position first, and then decide the best time to start.

Departure time for general climbers

For most climbers, being able to watch the sunrise on the top of Mt. Fuji is the biggest reward of the entire climbing trip, so generally speaking, they will depart for the top of Mt. The top of Mt. Fuji is waiting for Goraiguang. Although it is said that the sunrise time at the top of the mountain is around 4:30 am - 5:20 am, it seems a bit early to reach the top of the mountain at 3:00 am.
But as long as the rest time in the middle and the time when the crowds need to queue up to climb the mountain are calculated together, it will be safer to start earlier, and it will be easier to occupy a good position on the top of the mountain to watch the sunrise.

And the departure time needs to be determined according to the location of your mountain hut and the month of climbing. If it is a mountain hut with a lower altitude, you need to start earlier. If it is July when the sunrise time is earlier on July, you also need to start earlier to reach the top of Mt. Fuji.

How long does it take to walk around the Boxun line around the top of the mountain? When should I prepare to go down the mountain?

In addition to watching the sunrise at the top of the mountain, you can also circle around the top of Mount Fuji and climb to the highest point in Japan - Jianfeng 3776m before descending.

The route around the top of the mountain is called the "Bashun Line". After climbing Mt. Fuji, most people consume a lot of energy, so it takes 1 hour and 30 minutes or more to walk around the mountain.
If you plan to walk around the "Botsu Line" at the same time after watching the sunrise, you will probably finish walking around 7:00 am. If you start down the mountain at this time, you will be able to return to Yoshida SUBARU LINE around 11:00 am fifth station.

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Be sure to catch the last bus back to Lake Kawaguchi and Shinjuku

When you go down the mountain and return to the fifth station of Yoshida SUBARU LINE, you can go to the bathroom to change clothes, eat, rest, take pictures, return equipment, send postcards at the fifth station post office, buy souvenirs, etc., do what you like on Mount Fuji on doing.

However, don't miss the bus going down the mountain, because there may not be a place to stay at the fifth station of the Subaru Line in Yoshida, so it will be very troublesome if you can't go back to Kawaguchiko or Shinjuku.

Mountaineering bus driving information

The last mountaineering bus back to Shinjuku: departing from the Yoshida 5th station at 5:00 p.m.
The last mountaineering bus back to Kawaguchiko: 5:50 p.m. from Yoshida 5th Station

Note: If you plan to eat around Kawaguchiko Station firstKawaguchiko Fudomen, Shopping, and then transfer to the bus to Shinjuku, you must take the earlier mountaineering bus back to Kawaguchiko.

Mountaineering Schedule

  • Depart from Shinjuku before 08:55 / from Kawaguchiko by 09:50 by mountain climbing bus
  • Arrive at Yoshida SUBARU LINE 5th station at about 11:00-12:00
    • Stay for about 1 hour at the fifth station to visit the shrine, go to the bathroom, buy food, etc., to adapt to the highland environment
  • Around 12:00 to 1:00, start climbing
  • Arrive at the mountain hut at the eighth station at about 4:00
    • Arrive at the mountain hut at the eighth station at 5:30
    • Arrive at Yulaiguang Pavilion at 6:30 (the actual time will be changed due to factors such as weather/physical strength)
  • After staying at the mountain hut, have dinner, rest, and go to bed at about 9:00 pm
  • Departure from the eighth station at about 00:00 in the morning
    • Departure from the eighth station at 2:00 a.m.
    • Departure from the 8th station at 2:30 in the morning to the top of the mountain to wait for Goraiko
  • Arrived at the top of the mountain at about 3:30 in the morning
  • About 5:00 to 5:30 After watching Yulaiguang, organize your equipment and prepare to go down the mountain / walk around the crater on the top of the mountain (it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to walk the bowl patrol line)
  • At 7:30, finish the crater bowl inspection line on the top of the mountain
  • From 10:00 to 12:00, return to Yoshida SUBARU LINE fifth station
  • Transfer to mountain bus back to Kawaguchiko/Shinjuku

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