This essential Japanese icon is just a short (2 or 3 hour) bus or train ride from the centre of Tokyo. In the climbing season, which runs from the 1st of July to the 27th of August,the buses from Shinjuku even run all the way to the fifth station called Go Gome for 2,600 Yen (13.00GBP)
Well over 200,000 people climb to the summit each season and when you do reach the top (about 7 hours after leaving Go Gome) the hardest part may be finding somewhere to stand and watch the sunrise, if your hands are cold there are vending machines selling hot coffee and soup!
For a more "wild" experience I would suggest climbing the mountain in October. Usually the typhoons have abated by then and the snow not yet arrived making the climb safe and easy and above all colourful. Most of the refuges that dot the path to the top are closed so you should be prepared for a little more of a mountain experience; but the Fuji San Hotel at the 8th station stays open to the 15th and can provide bunk accommodation and a meal for around 6,000 Yen (30.00GBP). Out of season the lodges are relaxed and friendly places unlike during the climbing season. Splitting the climb here and doing the short, 2 hour, climb to the summit the next morning is a more enjoyble way climb this amazing peak.
Fuji san Hotel (th satation on Mount Fuji +81 0555 220237
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