Japan must be the country that many people put on top of their travel destinations. However, in this fast-paced world, we might only able to visit Japan in short period. Either we simply not have many time to go holiday, or we only have limited budgets.
So, we can still maximise the short trip by doing one thing: climbing Mount Fuji. Yes, maybe you’re not mountain person and prefer to go to the beach all the time. But, there are some reasons why you must try this activity at least once in a lifetime:
1. It’s climbing season!
Coincidentally, it’s climbing season at Mount Fuji at the moment. The official climbing season is early July to mid September. The mountain is free of snow and the weather is friendly for hikers. The trails and facilities, such as public transportation and mountain huts, are operating.
Obviously, amateur hikers are safer to climb the mountain during this official climbing season. While during October to around mid June, it’s highly perilous to climb because of extreme wind, snow, and ice. There’s a risk of avalanches, too! Thus, you better get going if you’re visiting Japan soon. Chances are, you won’t be able to climb Mount Fuji on your next trip to Japan.
2. Meet people all over the world
Climbing Mount Fuji is a very popular activity in Japan. Although the hikers are mostly Japanese, there are so many foreign tourists who seem to make up more than a third of all hikers. It’s a priceless experience when you climb among hundreds of equally minded hikers from all over the world.
P.S. it’s going to be crowded when it’s the peak season. Japan’s school vacation is from around July 20 to the end of August. The highest peak season is in mid August that some say climbers really have to stand in queues at some passages.
3. Set your foot on Japan’s most prominent mountain
Whenever you visit Tokyo or Yokohama, you can see Mount Fuji standing beautifully during clear days. You can’t deny that the perfectly-shaped mountain looks attractive from afar. It’s basically the top attraction of Japan!
You can make lifelong memories when you’re climbing Japan’s highest mountain. The 3776 meters tall mountain stands on the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures. Although it’s an active volcano, Mt. Fuji is relatively safe since its eruption in 1707.
Furthermore, Mount Fuji is a sacred mountain. Even many artist and common people climbed there. It’s easy to say that you’ve been to Japan after you climbed the Mount Fuji.