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Hiking Mount Fuji, Japan’s Best Summertime Adrenaline Rush

By Devy Aug 4, 2021

Summer has arrived and brought warm weather and beautiful skies! How about spending this time in nature with an added adrenaline rush? Does that sound interesting to you? If yes, you are already on the right track! Why not try hiking Mount Fuji?

In this article, we will introduce to you, the famous Mount Fuji, which is known for its famous shape and is a destination not to be missed by tourists. 

Although Mount Fuji, with its snow-covered top is a known winter icon of Japan, Mount Fuji in the summer is also a memorable tourist spot. There are beautiful flower gardens at the foot of the mountain, plantations that anyone is free to enjoy and hiking trails for you nature lovers.

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What is Hiking Mount Fuji Like During Summer?

Even without snow, the temperature of Mount Fuji is generally temperate and a cool breeze blows down the mountain. It’s especially cool at the summit.

When you reach the summit you will feel a different sense of satisfaction after successfully climbing one of the most sacred mountains in Japan, you will also be presented with a pleasantly calm atmosphere.

In addition to enjoying the beautiful scenery, walking through the mountain paths bring a certain adrenaline rush, enjoyed by many. It’s also a great way to test your own physical and mental endurance as some places can be a little challenging. Especially, If you are traveling with a group, your patience and emotional control may be tested during the trip. 

However, don’t be afraid! On the bright side, it is actually a strong bonding event and an unforgettable journey of a lifetime.

1. Perfect Weather

According to one of our interviewees, hiking Mount Fuji during Summer is totally perfect! The air is cool, right in between hot and cold. 

It gives a calming impression that is very comfortable for those who want to escape from the heat of summer in Japan. 

The temperature at the summit is indeed lower than at the foot of the mountain, and the wind speed is also higher. However, the humidity level is much lower and provides the desired cooling effect.

Because of the cooler weather as you climb higher, heatstroke is not as much of an issue as usually is when sightseeing in lower altitude areas. But don’t forget to bring lots of water and, cover yourself from the sun!

Also don’t forget to have a jacket layer or two, because it may be very windy or cooler at the summit. And check the weather forecast too. Although during July – September Japan is mostly sunny, some days may bring heavy clouds of rain or thunderstorms. 

Author’s tip: you may want to catch the sunrise since it will be a memorable experience and a favorable moment. 

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2. Don’t Miss the Sunrise!

For hiking lovers, you must know that sunrise is a beautiful sight not to be missed. Thus, if you are a beginner, a very useful tip for you is to always try to catch the sunrise. 

Accordingly, it may be a good idea for you to start hiking Mount Fuji before midnight, this is due to the fact that it may take up to 8 hours to hike in a relaxing mode. 

So, suppose the sunrise will be up at 4 am, we suggested you to start hiking at around 6 or 7 at noon. Then you will be able to hike slowly and may spare some time to relax before the dawn comes. 

At the summit, enjoy a beautiful view with the sun bashfully peeking behind the clouds. The sea of clouds will look like soft cotton candy.

3. Prepare Yourself

As the journey may take 8 hours or more,  you should prepare yourself to be super fit and mentally ready to face the challenges. 

Even though a beginners route is available, the idea of having to journey by foot may be difficult for some people. 

The track is indeed clear, however, it still takes courage, spirit, and also strong teamwork during the trip. For this reason, people tend to go with a group instead of a lone-ranger. 

You will be better off preparing yourself with quality rest, get used to exercising, and simple but adequate supplies. The supplies must be able to match your needs and include an emergency kit. For instance, water bottles, snacks, a flashlight, or extra clothes. This will make it easier for you during the trip, make sure you don’t bring any unwanted items.

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Hiking Mount Fuji During Summer

So, Are You Ready to Start This Memorable Journey? 

If you want to try something new in Japan, why not try to climb the famous Mount Fuji. Not only a stunning view, but you will also gain quality time to building a closer bond with your climbing partners.

Accompanied by a view as high as 3,776 m above sea level, this trip is guaranteed to be an unforgettable pleasant memory for you. 

Also, if you are trying to avoid the summer heat in Tokyo, climbing Mount Fuji may be the best for you. It takes only 2 hours by Bus from Shinjuku Station, and you will be able to reach the foot of the mountain and start hiking. 

So, go save your date and start preparing yourself for a remarkable experience! 

Devy Mufliha,


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