Meet the Guides
By joining a tour with Fuji Mountain Guides, you're climbing with some of the most qualified guides on the mountain. All summer guides speak English as their native language but are also bilingual and have spent many years in Japan.
Luke Cummings--Head Guide
Luke grew up in Japan as the son of Christian missionaries. Having lived more than half of his life in Japan, and married to a fine Japanese lady, Luke has a deep understanding of Japanese culture/people and considers Japan his home. Just like all of our other guides, Luke speaks fluent Japanese and is well known on Mt. Fuji as the American guide with a Japanese heart. Having grown up in a large family, Luke enjoys meeting new people and takes pleasure in being able to share the beauty of Japan with foreigners and at the same time acquire an understanding of many other cultures, while climbing Mt. Fuji.
Soren Rasmussen--Managing Guide
Soren is the third generation in his family to have been raised in Japan. He grew up going to Japanese public school and frequently joined his friends' families on hiking and skiing trips around Japan. While attending Haverford College in the US, Soren spent his summers working as a Wilderness Ranger for the US Forest Service, a waterfront lifeguard at a lake near the Japan Alps, and as a volunteer at an organic farming and leadership training school near the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. He loves ramen, dogs, mountains, and hot springs.
Mattias Takehiro Hosogai--Bilingual Guide
Mattias was born to Japanese and Swedish parents. Growing up in a few different countries and educated in English, he is as multicultural as one can be. Mattias' days outdoors began before he could even walk. He has been skiing, hiking and camping for as long as he can remember and has spent the last couple winters guiding people to the driest and deepest snow on Japan's northernmost prefecture, Hokkaido. Mattias considers Japan's mountains to be its greatest treasure and he cannot wait to share good times with you on Mt. Fuji!
Ian Thompson--Summer Guide
Just like many of the other FMG guides, Ian was born in Japan to American parents and has lived here for nearly his entire life. Ian enjoys just about any athletic activity and is always in search of a new outdoor adventure. Currently studying at a university in Texas, U.S.A, his knowledge of both western and Japanese cultures is sure to come in handy on the slopes of Fuji.
Brent --Bilingual Guide
Brent is the founder of Fuji Mountain Guides. Having climbed Mt. Fuji many times as a youngster, Brent started FMG with a vision to help foreigners to Japan, in not only summiting Mt. Fuji, but also in coming away with a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and its people. Brent has been the catalyst for FMG and his guidance, humorous stories and epic mountain poses, have led to many foreigners leaving Japan with great memories of Mt. Fuji and the Japanese people.
Miles Peterson--Bilingual guide
Miles was born and raised in Japan. He grew up climbing and skiing in the Japan Alps and gained a great appreciation for the mountains of Japan. After attending University in Colorado and studying Biology, he returned to Japan to spend more time in his favorite mountains. He is fluent in Japanese and loves all aspects of mountain climbing and guiding.
Shoma Kubo--Bilingual Guide
Shoma was born in Australia and raised in Japan. He was educated in Japan but has an international outlook having travelled extensively and worked with many people from different cultures. Shoma is completely bilingual and with his great communication skills, he is sure to be a strong companion and host. Shoma’s hobbies include soccer, travel and languages.
Joda Hankins--Winter expeditions guide
Having grown up exploring the hills of Tennessee, Joda has always been one in search of an adventure. He cut his teeth while learning to climb the steep walls of The Gunks in NY. After completing his B.A. in English and Leadership, Joda spent three seasons climbing and teaching mountain safety in the Ladakh Range on Northern India. He has a major passion for the wilderness and loves teaching and exposing others to it. Joda's deep love for travel and appreciation for experiencing cultures have taken him to nearly 40 countries, including Japan. He has guided in India, Alaska, Washington and throughout the Western US and is working toward his AMGA Alpine Guide Certification. Joda is also an instructor for The National Outdoor Leadership School and when not guiding, he can be found enjoying crag days and bluegrass with his wife Jess and dog Kale.