Mt Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. Nowadays concerns of people for Mt Fuji have been ever increased since it was registered as a world heritage site.
In the early morning at Mt Fuji, its top is always jammed with people who want to see the sunrise.
To see a sunrise from the top of a mountain is called “GORAIKOU”, and it has a special meaning in Japanese people in terms of cultural and religious reasons.
Mt.Fuji in winter may risk your life
Mt.Fuji can be very dangerous to hike in winter seasons, regardless of its low elevation of only 3776m height, comparing to other world-highest mountains.
Every year, several people are dead during climbing up to it.
The main factors of the death are a gust of wind and icy surface
The combination of strong wind and slippery surface is evil
The top is dominated by gust of wind, which is strong enough to blow a person away.
People may stand for the wind by standing firm on the snowed surface, but the surface on its top is unlike what you imagine, never like a snow to play with a board or ski.
It is a firm and tight icy surface, which is very slippery, and firm ice.
By the evil combination of the gust of wind and icy surface, people blew away easily, and cannot stop sliding down to the end, and never be able to come back.
Public supports are unavailable
Therefore, it will never be recommended to challenge climbing up the Mt.Fuji in winter time.
Recently, the regulation about Mt.Fuji has been changed, and become stricter, since Mt.Fuji has been registered as a world heritage site.
To protect lives, public supports for Mt.Fuji is closed or limited.
- Mountain trails
- Mountain lodges for stay
- Public bathrooms
- Fewer shuttle buses to the fifth station
Every mountain trail is closed
Every mountain trail to the top of Mt.Fuji is closed other than a summer period from its fifth station.
The top : the tenth station
The fifth station: the half way to the top
Shuttles are very limited to be operated
People usually start climbing up from the fifth to the top. To the fifth, shuttle buses are generally used.
Other than summer period, these shuttle services are very limited; no shuttle is available at early morning, nor late afternoon. you will have no time for round trip To top in one day.
No mountain lodge is available
Your second choice would be one-night-two-days plan, but in winter time there is no mountain lodges to stay.
In conclusion, decisions should be made not to climb in winter period. Above all, your life will be risked.
I therefore strongly recommend to hike Mt.Fuji in summer period.
Sumer period at Mt.Fuji: from 10th of July to 10th of September.
(there will be several days difference every year)
I will try to see GORAIKOU on the top In this July.
I would really appreciate if you expected my blog to be updated for that.