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Climbing Mount Fuji

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Climbing Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the tallest and most iconic mountain in Japan. Climbing the mountain can create an unforgettable experience. The official climbing season is from early July to mid-September when all of the trails and mountain facilities are open. The Yoshida trail is open from July 1st to September 10th while the Subashiri, Gotemba, and Fujinomiya trails are open from July 10th to September 10th. There are ten stations on mountain and the tenth station is the summit. Paved roads reach the four 5th stations which are located on different sides of the mountain. The most popular station to start from is the Fuji Subaru Line 5th station because it can easily be accessed from central Tokyo and the Fuji Five Lake region. The Fuji Subaru Line 5th station is one way to connect to enter the Yoshida Trail. Peak times for climbing Mount Fuji are from July 20th to the end of August when school vacations happen. The most crowded time is around Obon Week in mid-August especially on the weekend. It is recommended to climb on a weekday if you do not want to climb with large crowds. Along the trails there are mountain huts where people can stay overnight for a fee. It is recommended to make a reservation ahead of time if you are planning to be there overnight.