im interested in traveling from tokyo to mount fuji to possibly hike the mountain but from some reasearch i found that buses run scarcely during off season months. anyone have any info or insight on this?
ill be there towards the end of may.
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The official climbing season is July and August and although it is not forbidden to climb Fuji-san off season, all mountain huts will be closed and there are hardly any buses as you discovered. You probably are better off renting a car and drive to one of the 5th stations.
In May the climb itself will still be perilous due to extreme wind and weather conditions, snow, ice and the risk of avalanches. If you want to beat the crowds, late June or early September are recommended. Off season climbers are asked to leave their details with the local Police office. Reply to this
thanks hoshisato... i sorta figured it wouldnt be a wise idea to attempt it in late may. you think itd be worthwhile to venture to the base of fujisan, or save the entire excursion for another time and try to see more within tokyo and on outskirts. thanks again! Reply to this
In my experience there is very little to do at the actual foot of the mountain, but a trip to Hakone would give you an excellent view of Fujisan if the weather is good. Reply to this
anyone have any other locations in order to catch a very nice view of mt fuji? Reply to this
Highly recommend doing the climb overnight. I got a bus from Shinjuku direct to the 5th station, and started the climb around 10pm. Great sunrise, but other than than up close it's a pretty plain mountain, particularly as you get lower.
Would suggest leaving it for another trip Geoff, and doing the whole climb.
If it's a really clear day try your luck from the top of Tokyo Tower :-)
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