Climbing Mt Fuji with mountain hut stay - how to plan for climbing mount fuji - 2-day hike from Tokyo or one-day bullet climb? Is a mountain hut worth the cost? Hiking in Japan travel blog

 

Before I climbed Mt Fuji, I had read the many stories about people suffering from altitude sickness, and even some stories of a “failed attempt” at climbing Mt Fuji.

So, I decided to take the “safe” approach to acclimatize as best I could.

And that meant staying at a mountain hut on Mt Fuji.

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts - Is it worth it to make it a 2-day climbing Mount Fuji, or do one-day bullet climb? Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - Is it worth it to make it a 2-day climbing Mount Fuji, or do one-day bullet climb? Hiking in Japan.

 

And with all the things I read online about staying at mountain huts, I was kind of expecting a not-so-great experience when with my mountain hut stay on Mt Fuji.

Well, I’m happy to say that I felt pretty good about staying in a mountain hut!

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts - Is it worth it to make it a 2-day climbing Mount Fuji, or do one-day bullet climb? Hiking in Japan.

 

I’m also happy to say that I felt fully refreshed on both days of my hike on Mt Fuji and I really didn’t experience issues with altitude sickness.

I spent a couple of hours at the top of Mt Fuji that included a hike around the open crater. For me, this was the best part of climbing Mt Fuji!

Another reason I would recommend splitting the hike up over 2 days – to make sure you have energy to do this part of the crater hike!

 

Mt Fuji mountain hut to trail summit highest point in Japan. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain hut to trail summit highest point in Japan. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain hut to trail summit highest point in Japan, hiking around active volcano crater. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain hut to trail summit highest point in Japan. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

 

 

So below is a bit of what you might be able to expect by staying at a mountain hut on Mt Fuji. (Part of having a positive mountain hut stay is keeping your expectations in check!)

And then there’s also a list of mountain huts that you can make online reservations in English. This includes mountain huts on the Yoshida Trail at 5th station, 7th station, and 8th station.

 

 

Is it worth it to stay in a mountain hut?!

Now for that, you’ll have to determine how much climbing Mt Fuji is worth to you!

The mountain hut can be the most expensive part of the cost of climbing Mount Fuji.

One of the main reasons to stay in a mountain hut is to avoid doing the so-called Mt Fuji bullet climb in an effort to reduce your chances of being affected by altitude sickness as you hike up Mt Fuji.

Basically, by spending a night (or even a few hours) at a mountain hut, it allows you to go up the mountain at a slower pace.

 

 

Climbing Mt Fuji as a 2-day hike

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

 

 

Now…

Here’s a bit of what you might see with a Mt Fuji mountain hut stay at 7th station!

And specifically… at Tomoekan! This was on the Yoshida trail, which is the most popular of the 4 hiking trails up to the summit.

 

 

Getting to 7th station

I got to 5th station on a direct bus from Shinjuku.

Once at 5th station, I was there for about an hour.

Because “they” say that it can help you adjust better for altitude. Consider me overly cautious – it’s why I stayed overnight at a mountain hut after all!

Then, I started the hike up to 7th station!

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts - Yoshida trail from 5th station to 7th station. Climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - Yoshida trail from 5th station to 7th station. Climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - Yoshida trail from 5th station to 7th station. Climbing Mt Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

 

 

It’s Tomoekan!

Mt Fuji mountain huts - arriving at 7th station mountain hut - tomoekan. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - tomoekan check-in. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - tomoekan check-in. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - tomoekan check-in. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

 

 

Resting in front of the mountain hut

As you make your way up to the summit, you’ll come across many areas in which you can stop and rest.

This is for everyone, and it’s said to be good to rest every now and then in an effort to go slower up the mountain and to help your body get used to the altitude better.

There’s one of these resting benches in front of the mountain hut I stayed at as well.

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts - rest overlook area with views of fuji five lakes. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - rest overlook area with views of fuji five lakes. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - rest overlook area with views of fuji five lakes. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - rest overlook area with views of fuji five lakes. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - rest overlook area with views of fuji five lakes. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

 

 

Sleeping space at the mountain hut

And it really is mostly just “space”!

You basically have 2 options:

  • Private space
  • Shared space

 

In general, mountain huts just provide basic facilities.

This means a place to rest your head, so keep your expectations low!

I was really happy when I woke up in the morning and could say that I actually did feel like I got good sleep!

I really think the eye mask and ear plugs helped – so you might consider bringing some!

You can buy ear plugs at the mountain hut for US$1.

 

Private room

A private room just means you get an enclosed space with a curtain.

I stayed in a “private room” that came with 2 meals.

I wanted to be well-rested so I went with the private room in hopes that it would give me the best chance to rest up for the long hike ahead the next day.

You pay per person with these mountain hut stays.

So although 2 people may fit, you’ll each need to pay for the space.

I also had my own private charging station! Important – need the phone and portable chargers fully charged in order to take all the Mt Fuji pictures. 😉

The cold may make your battery drain faster too.

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts private room with futon. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts private room with futon. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts private room with charging station outlet. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

 

Shared sleeping space

The alternative to the private room is kind of camp-style where you’re sleeping side-by-side in a sleeping bag or on a futon.

This may have been US$10 or so cheaper than the private option.

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts shared sleeping space with sleeping bag. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts shared sleeping space with sleeping bag. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts shared sleeping space with futon. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts shared sleeping space with sleeping bag. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

 

 

Meals at the mountain hut

Included in the price of the mountain hut stay can be dinner and breakfast.

You might be able to opt out of this, and the price will be cheaper.

Don’t expect too much for your meals though!

The meals provided at the mountain huts won’t be enough to get you through hiking up and down Mt Fuji, so be sure to bring plenty of snacks too!

Head to a convenience store when you’re in Tokyo. There’s one at the Shinjuku bus station too.

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts - what to bring when climbing mt fuji packing list. Hiking in Japan travel blog

 

Or, be prepared to buy food and snacks when on the mountain.

 

Dinner

Japanese curry, rice, hamburger, green tea.

They say that vegetarian curry is available and to let them know at check in. (It’s best to confirm this before you go though if it’s important to you.)

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts with meals - dinner food - rice, curry, hamburger, green tea. vegetarian available. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts with meals - green tea. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

 

Breakfast

Fish, rice, egg.

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts with meals - breakfast food. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts with meals - breakfast food. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts with meals - breakfast food - salmon, rice, egg. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

 

Where they make the food!

Mt Fuji mountain huts - kitchen to make food. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

 

 

Mt Fuji walking stick stamp

One of the souvenirs that you can have from climbing Mt Fuji is to buy a walking stick from 5th station, 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.

The stick itself costs money (maybe like US$10) which you can buy at 5th station, and then you’ll pay for each stamp you get.

Each stamp will cost a little less than US$5.

You can get a stamp at the Tomoekan mountain hut too.

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts - walking stick stamp at Mt Fuji mountain hut. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - walking stick stamp at Mt Fuji mountain hut. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much does it cost for walking stick stamp at Mt Fuji mountain hut. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - walking stick stamp at Mt Fuji mountain hut. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - walking stick stamp at Mt Fuji mountain hut. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - walking stick for flight, checked luggage, airlines. Hiking in Japan.

 

 

Sunset at 7th station mountain hut

Mt Fuji mountain huts - sunset at 7th station mountain hut. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - sunset at 7th station mountain hut. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - sunset at 7th station mountain hut. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - sunset at 7th station mountain hut. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - sunset at 7th station mountain hut. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - sunset at 7th station mountain hut. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - sunset at 7th station mountain hut. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

 

Mt Fuji shadow?!

It was said that this is Mt Fuji’s shadow!

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts - Mount Fuji shadow at sunset at 7th station mountain hut. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

 

 

How much does a Mt Fuji mountain hut cost?!

So these are the prices for sleeping space for the 2018 climbing season at the mountain hut I stayed at, the 7th station Tomoekan on the Yoshida Trail.

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much does a mountain hut cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? shared space, private room with meals. Hiking in Japan.

 

So the cheapest option would be around US$50 for shared space with no meals.

The most expensive option would be around US$80 for the private space with dinner and breakfast.

The going rate for mountain huts on Mt Fuji is generally the same.

 

 

How much do other things cost at a Mt Fuji mountain hut?!

It’s said that the prices get higher the higher up the mountain you go.

Among other things, you can find food and snacks, drinks (water, beer, wine), sunglasses, and oxygen tanks.

For easy calculation, you can think of 100 yen as being US$1.

Here are the prices of some of the things that you could get at a 7th station mountain hut.

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much does food cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much does food cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? cup noodle, wine, beer, vodka, alcohol. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much does food cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? wine, alcohol. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much does food cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much does food cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? chinese bowl. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much does food cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? soup, minestrone, clam chowder. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much does food cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? menu. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much do things cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? sunglasses. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much do things cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? oxygen tank. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much do things cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? essentials. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much do things cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? essentials. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much do things cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? essentials. Hiking in Japan.

 

 

Where are the mountain huts located?

Altitude of mountain huts:

  • 5th station: 2,300m (7,550 ft)
  • 6th station: 2,325m (7,630 ft)
  • 7th station: 2,700 – 3,000m (8,860 – 9,840 ft)
  • 8th station: 3,100 – 3,400m (10,170 – 11,150 ft)

 

 

List of mountain huts on Yoshida Trail for reservations in English

Mt Fuji mountain huts - 7th station mountain hut in english - tomoekan. Climbing Mount Fuji. Hiking in Japan.

 

When it gets closer to the start of the 2019 Mt Fuji climbing season (July), try checking the Japan National Tourism Organization’s brochures for the most updated information about mountain huts.

Until then, you can refer to the list of 2018 mountain huts (pdf) to start to get an idea, as most will likely be similar.

 

The following is based on the 2018 climbing season.

 

These are mountain huts that are listed as accepting online reservations in English

 

5th station mountain hut

 

7th station mountain huts

 

8th station mountain huts

 

More mountain huts

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much does a mountain hut cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? yoshida trail. 5th station, 6th station, 7th station, 8th station. Hiking in Japan.

Mt Fuji mountain huts - how much does a mountain hut cost when Climbing Mount Fuji? trails - gotemba, subashiri, fujinomiya. 5th station, 6th station, 7th station, 8th station, 9th station, 10th station. Hiking in Japan.

 

 

Notes from JNTO:

The opening/closing time for mountain huts on Mt. Fuji is subject to change depending on the weather (snow) conditions.

You will need to make reservations to secure your space in the hut.

The average price for mountain huts is around 5,500 yen to 8,000 yen to stay overnight.

The meal charge is about 1,000 yen

Once again, for easy calculation, you can think of 100 yen as being US$1.

So 1,000 yen would be around US$10, and 5,500 – 8,000 yen would be roughly US$55-80.

 

Mt Fuji mountain huts - what to bring when climbing mt fuji packing list. Hiking in Japan travel blog

 

HAPPY MOUNTAIN HUT STAY ON MT FUJI!

 

 



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