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Hiking Japan’s most iconic mountain

This experience helps you understand the volcano’s sheer power and great natural life source…

By Chieko Ando
Guide in Fujinomiya

Mount Fuji in Japan best discovered on a scenic crater hike

In the eyes of the Japanese people, Mount Fuji, the country’s symbolic mountain, has forever been held in high regard. At the beginning of this experience, we pay our respects at the Fujisan Hongu Sengen Shrine where the deity, Mount Fuji, is said to be enshrined. It’s tradition that you purify yourself in holy spring water before the ascent, which I believe helps you understand the significance of the volcano, its sheer power and great natural life source.

The Fujinomiya Trail starts at Mount Fuji’s 5th station at an altitude of 2,400 metres. The route offers easy, pleasant hiking, taking in sloping rockscape to horizons of forests that peep through the clouds. There are times when, on the mountain peak or the ridges of the Hoei Crater, the fog lifts and you have the most magnificent views. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Pacific Ocean and even as far as Tokyo. It makes you feel like the gods of Mount Fuji really do exist.

If the weather co-operates you can enjoy a picnic just beneath crater. It’s an opportune moment to reflect upon the importance of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and how Mountain Fuji’s protection extends over Japan’s nature, culture and economy. Or just soak up all the feelings that come with scaling the country’s tallest mountain and the seventh highest peak in the world.


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Alfred & Chieko Ando

Before guiding in Fujinomiya, Chieko travelled to Africa to research gorillas for 13 years addressing environmental and conservation issues. During her time here she learned about how ecotourism can be used to boost conservation while honing her fluency in English. Since guiding at the foot of Mount Fuji, she has worked closely with Fujinomiya’s residents creating eco experiences that fuse the traditional local stories with symbolic Mount Fuji.
Chieko Ando

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