Mount fuji walking stick: Get souvenir stamps at mountain huts. Climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan travel blog

 

One of the souvenirs that you can have from climbing Mt Fuji is a walking stick.

You can buy one of these wooden sticks right before you start climbing Mt Fuji, and then get the stick “stamped” or branded wherever you see a stamp station as you make your way to the summit.

There are shorter sticks and longer sticks.

For practical purposes, trekking poles would be better than the walking sticks for climbing Mt Fuji.

 

Mount fuji walking stick or trekking poles for climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan

 

But if you’re arriving to Mt Fuji with no trekking poles, you might find that the longer walking sticks will end up being useful during the hike too.

 

Mount fuji walking stick or trekking poles for climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan

Mount fuji walking stick or trekking poles for climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan

 

The shorter sticks could be better for packing it into your suitcase on your flight home from Japan.

 

Mount fuji walking stick for airline checked baggage. Climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan

 

 

Where to buy the walking sticks

Mount fuji walking stick: buy at 5th station. Climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan

 

You can buy these Mt Fuji walking sticks at 5th station. (5th station is the starting point of the most popular of the 4 trails up to the summit.)

They will cost around 1,000 yen to 1,500 yen (US$10-15).

 

Mount fuji walking stick: buy at 5th station. Climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan

Mount fuji walking stick: cost at 5th station. Climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan

 

 

How to get the stamps

Then, as you make your way up the mountain, you’ll come across mountain huts.

Some of these mountain huts will have “stamp stations” where you’ll pay for each branded stamp that you get.

So you can get as many or as few as will fit on your stick!

Each stamp will cost around 400 yen (US$4), and the cost can vary depending on the mountain hut.

 

Mount fuji walking stick: Get stamps at mountain huts. Climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan

Mount fuji walking stick: Get stamps at mountain huts. Climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan

Mount fuji walking stick: stamp station at mountain huts. Climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan

Mount fuji walking stick: stamp station at mountain huts. Climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan

Mount fuji walking stick: stamp station at mountain huts. Climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan

 

 

Climbing Mt Fuji as a 2-day hike

This is what my 2 days of climbing Mt Fuji looked like:

 

 

Mount fuji walking stick or trekking poles for climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking Japan

 

HAPPY WALKING MT FUJI!

 



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The super fast train in Japan
In general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it. But here's how to calculate it to be sure.

See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.

NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!
I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)

There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.

You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)

I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!

The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.

So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.

Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.

If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!

Natural disasters in Japan
Unfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.

My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.

See how much insurance costs for your trip.

Best travel guides for Japan
If you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.

For "books" that won't take up space in your suitcase, see the best PDF guides.

See more of the best books for Japan trip planning.

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That's it for now!