9 things you didn’t know you wanted to know about Mount Fuji.

  1. The first documented climb was during the 8th century.
  2. During the Edo Period, the climb was used as a purifying ritual. Additionally, thank to men being men, Women were not allowed to climb the mountain until 1871.
  3. Fuji-san is 2,388ft tall and is actually classified as an active volcano. It hasn’t been legitimately active for a few centuries, though.
  4. You can get to Fuji by train! For the more initiated, take the Chuo Line to Otsuki. Then take the Kyuko line to Kawaguchiko Station. It’s about a two hour trip.
  5. Mount Fuji is actually a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park system.
  6. “Official” climbing season is from July to August. You “could” climb from April to October if the weather cooperates. Spoiler alert! It doesn’t. Just wait for the official climbing season like everybody else.
  7. Roughly 600,000 people climb Fuji every Year.
  8. There are 6 ascending and descending trails that will take you to the summit of Fuji.
  9. In the event that you are not made of tough stuff (aka a damn, fool), there are huts on the mountain that you can spend the night in. They offer basic amenities only! They can be located above the 5th stage (every trail is broken into 10 stages) on the Kawaguchiko Trail.

Reiber, Beth. Spencer, Janie. Frommer’s Japan. Hoboken: Wiley Publishing. 2006. 8th ed.

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