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Climbing Japan’s highest mountain and most recognizable landmark.

Visited constantly by a never-ending stream of sightseers and hikers from throughout Japan and around the world, Mount Fuji is Japan’s most recognizable landmark. An active volcano straddling the border of Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures, it is the highest mountain in Japan, with a summit reaching 3,776.24 meters. The snow-capped beauty of Mount Fuji is a wonder to behold from any angle, and as the subject of countless works of art since ancient times, virtually never fails to evoke an emotional response. In fact, the description on its 2013 World Heritage Site registration reads: Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration. Together with Mount Haku in Toyama and Mount Ontake in Nagano, it is one of Japan’s Three Holy Mountains as well as one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains.
Drawn by its size and beauty, roughly 250,000 mountaineers climb Mount Fuji every year. There are four different routes to the summit (the Yoshida route, the Subashiri route, the Gotemba route, and the Fujinomiya route), but on each of the routes most climbers start from the 5th station.

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Summertime circling of the mouth of the volcano on a holy mountain.

Since ancient times, it has been said that Asama-no-okami, the gods of the volcanos, are enshrined in Mount Fuji. Simply put, this is an expression of the belief that Mount Fuji itself is a deity. Asama Taisha is the headquarters of some 1,300 shrines throughout Japan dedicated to the worship of Mount Fuji as a principle deity. Although the main shrine is located in the city of Fujinomiya, Shizuoka , the slopes of Mount Fuji after the 8th station are considered within the precincts of the Mount Fuji Asama Taisha Inner Shrine, located at the summit. In July of each year, a mountain opening ceremony is celebrated, after which a member of the Shinto clergy is in residence until the end of August to pray for the safety of believers and pilgrims as well as for the security of the nation. The clergy will also perform ceremonies offering supplications for safety and harmony in the home. A festival is held annually on August 15, and the clergy retire from their mountain outpost when the mountain closes in September.
Mount Fuji is both a challenge for mountaineers and a holy site for believers. Ohachimeguri, the custom of circling the mouth of a volcano, can only be experienced during the summer months. Mount Fuji’s popularity with mountaineers and importance to believers of Shinto make it one of Japan’s most recognizable landmarks.

Mount Fuji


Fujinomiya-guchi  Awakura, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture
Gotemba-guchi  Nakabata, Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture
Subashiri-guchi  Subashiri, Oyama-cho, Sunto-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture


Although round-the-clock climbing is possible, allow adequate time to climb and return safely and comfortably.


Early Sep. - early Jul.


Fujisan Conservation Donation Campaign
1000 yen (basic amount) (requested of those ascending to Mount Fuji 5th Station and above. Donations by children and people with disabilities are not compulsory but if possible, please make even a reduced contribution.)


Fujinomiya City Tourist Association  0544-27-5240
Gotemba City Tourist Association  0550-83-4770
Oyama Town Tourism Association   0550-76-5000


Fujinomiya-guchi  By Mountain Bus from JR Fujinomiya Sta. to Fujinomiya-guchi Trail 5th Sta., about 80 min
Gotemba-guchi  By Mountain Bus from JR Gotemba Sta. to Gotemba-guchi New Trail 5th Sta., about 40 min
Subashiri-guchi  By Mountain Bus from JR Gotemba Sta. to Subashiri Trail 5th Sta., about 60 min

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