The 2 day off-season Mt Fuji tour begins in Shinjuku (which is a ward of Tokyo), takes you up and down Mt. Fuji, and back again to Shinjuku. The trip takes place over two days; Day 1 we climb to a mountain hut located at 3,000 meters and on Day 2 we climb to the summit and back down the mountain. The sunrise is seen from our mountain hut at the 7th station (3,000 meters) on day 2, before we continue our climb to the summit.
3 Hot Meals (Day 1 Lunch and Dinner, Day 2 breakfast)
Lodging at a Japanese-style mountain hut at 3,000m/9,840ft elevation
English speaking mountain guide
1 complimentary soft drink, water or soft serve ice cream provided at the 5th station after descent.
A bag of Fuji necessities including a traditional Japanese Hachimaki headband, hand wet wipes, an eye mask and ear plugs.
Summiteers will be presented with their own "certificate of summiting Mt. Fuji" upon completion of the climb to prove to your friends that you actually did it.
We want you to enjoy your climb, as well as be challenged by it. With food, however, we just want you to enjoy it. The 2 day Mt. Fuji off season tour includes your lunch on day 1 upon arrival at the 5th station as well as dinner and breakfast served through the 7th station mountain hut, Taiyokan.
For dinner at Taiyokan, you will be served hamburger with all you can eat rice and pork soup. Right before the sunrise, we will be served a hot breakfast of grilled salmon and all you can eat rice and miso soup. Each meal is eaten in the traditional Japanese style, on the floor in a tatami mat room. The hot food tastes delicious and enriches your Japanese experience of Mt. Fuji. Unfortunately this mountain hut only serve Japanese food. If you are not able to eat Japanese food we ask that you buy food previous to the hike and bring it up with you. There is also no vegetarian option on this tour. If you are a vegetarian, please bring your own food up with you.
Your 2 Lunches
Lunch on day 1 is included in the tour and provided at a mountain hut at the Subashiri trail 5th station. This mountain hut serves a large variety of traditional Japanese cuisine, including ramen, katsudon, soba etc. Much of its menu includes local and seasonal produce, especially mountain vegetables and mushrooms. Lunch on day 2 is not included in the tour. After the descent we will stop by the 5th station where participants are given time to eat lunch if you choose to do so. One complimentary water, soft drink or soft serve ice cream is provided at the 5th station mountain hut.
You will need snacks for each day of your climb. Buying snacks at the 7th station is an option but you will need to bring some along for the first day of hiking. All mountain huts other than our accommodation mountain hut at the 7th station (3,000 meters), will be closed. We suggest bringing crackers, candy bars, jerky, chips, cookies, trail mix, fruits, energy bars, and hard candies. Add peanut butter, cream cheese, hard cheese, or pepperoni for additional calories and taste. If you enjoy bread items, bagels work well. Include some salty snacks to replenish lost salts.
If you have any type of food-related allergy, you MUST inform your guide. This is to ensure your safety in the event of an emergency. Remember that there is very little leeway in the mountain huts in terms of food variety.
From Tochomae train station we will travel to the Subashiri trail 5th station by either private or public transport. Mode of transportation will depend on estimated traffic as well as group size.
Our tours run on "Japan time". This means that we leave promptly at the published departure time of 8:30 am. If you are late, the tour will leave without you and your reservation will be forfeited without refund. Please make your greatest effort to show up on time. Find more information on the Tochomae pick up location here.
*Optional pick up/drop off at Gotenba train station (Mt. Fuji area) is available, more information on this here.
*Personal luggage: there will NOT be any place to store your extra baggage on our tour. Any extra luggage you have needs to be dealt with BEFORE joining our tour in either Tokyo or Gotenba. Options for luggage storage include, coin lockers at Shinjuku or Gotenba, hotel baggage storage services or sending by 'takkyubin' (postal service) to your next destination.
On our 2 day Mt. Fuji off season tour we will be spending the night in a Japanese style mountain hut. These huts offer a fantastic cultural experience unique to Mt. Fuji. Our particular mountain hut has a tatami mat lounge area, where dinner and breakfast are served.
Bring along a book to read, pack a deck of cards for some extra entertainment, exchange your travel stories with fellow hikers and experience the camaraderie that you will never find in a five star hotel. Accommodations consist of a bunk, futon and sleeping bags, all in the Japanese style. During the off season, the mountain hut is often less crowded than during the months of July/August, which allows for more sleeping room. Still, the sleeping room is one big common area and you will not have the privacy or the space you would in a hotel room. Eye masks and ear plugs are provided to each participant by FMG.
There are no garbage bins on Mt. Fuji, not even at the 5th station and not at any of the mountain huts located along the way. At FMG we commit ourselves to accomplishing Leave No Trace principals and expect any participants on our tours to follow the same principals. Any garbage you bring up the mountain must come back down with you. Please bring along an extra ziplock bag to keep your garbage in and help to preserve the natural beauty on Mt. Fuji.
Interested in learning more about the tour's policies, including our cancellation policy? Read up on this here.