The Fujisan climbing season is in conjunction with school vacation and Obon holiday, meaning it is going to be so crowded that at times, climbers literally have to stand in queues at some passages.
Mount Fuji has four climbing trails which are maintained; the Yoshida Trail, the Subashiri Trail, the Gotemba Trail and the Fujinomiya Trail.
On average, it takes approximately six hours to ascend the mountain and three-and-a-half hours to descend. But depending which route you take, you might spend as many as 10 hours ascending and six hours getting down.
Fujisan with the height of 3,766 meter doesn’t demand anything extreme like what we hear about Mount Everest, but it’s not also the effortless stroll that many elderly Japanese people make it seem. You’d better be in shape, have the necessary equipment and plan ahead.
Climbing Mount Fuji Solo
If you like to go all by yourself, you can take WILLER Buses and also Fujikyu Buses from Shibuya Mark City to Kawaguchiko Station which takes about 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on the traffic. There is no direct train but you can use JR Mt. Fuji round trip discounted ticket which is valid for train and bus travel between Tokyo and Mt. Fuji.
Luckily there is a Muslim friendly hotel, just a 20-minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station, if you like to stay in the city before or after your climbing experience. Also there are a couple of restaurants where Halal food is served.
Taishi-kan Hut located at the 8th Station on the Yoshida Trail is serving vegetarian and Halal food, but it is only available for staying guests and on request in advance. For reservation, visit their website and follow the instruction. You need to prepare and make reservations at least a couple months in advance; otherwise you may not be able to make the journey and have to wait for the next summer.
Mt. Fuji 2-Day Summit Climb Tour
Taking a tour makes it much easier as they arrange for everything; they pick you up in Tokyo-Shinjuku "location is decided", and drop you off next day at the same place.
WILLER Express offers several Mt. Fuji Bus Tours including 3 types of plans to climb Mt. Fuji. All plans include an overnight stay at a mountain hut with two meals and English-speaking guide.
The plans would be visible on the WILLER website once booking for the climbing season starts. You can find answer to all your questions about Mt. Fuji Climbing Tour on WILLER FAQs.
There are also two other companies which provide these services (links below). You will find all the details you need to know on their pages, and if necessary you can send them a message and ask the information you need before making your reservation.
On their page you’ll find a blue button that when you click opens the contact form, and then you can send your message. To send a message you need to sign up to become a member of Voyagin Website; just your name, your email and a password is needed. They may not get back to you online immediately, but later you will receive the reply through email, and can continue communicating by email or on Voyagin website.
The only disadvantage of these tours is that these companies do not have contract with Taishi-kan Hut, and cannot provide the Halal food, so you should take the food you need with you. This is not a major obstacle as taking a couple of can food would solve the problem. It is better to send a message and coordinate this issue with the company beforehand "links below" .
It might be easier and cheaper if you buy such equipment online. Yamakei is an online store where you can find almost everything you need for sports and outdoor activities "links below".
Mt. Fuji Climb Tour Booking