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.
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.
The shorter sticks could be better for packing it into your suitcase on your flight home from Japan.
Where to buy the walking sticks
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).
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.
Climbing Mt Fuji as a 2-day hike
This is what my 2 days of climbing Mt Fuji looked like:
- Bus from Tokyo to Mt Fuji 5th station
- Walk around 5th station
- Hike from 5th station to 7th station
- Overnight stay at mountain hut
- Hike from 7th station to summit
- Crater hike at the top
- Hike back down to 5th station
- Bus from 5th station to Kawaguchiko (Fuji Five Lakes area)
- Overnight stay at Kawaguchiko hostel
HAPPY WALKING MT FUJI!
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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!
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