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Degree of difficulty

It's strenuous but not as challenging as some visitors would believe. Eight-year-olds and octogenarians reach the summit.


You need to be in good shape. You also need to have had an active physical lifestyle back home to build stamina.

Good sense of balance

It's necessary for walking over the rocky areas near the summit. A hiking stick, which you can buy locally, is handy.

Climbing gear

Essentials include hiking shoes with good traction and ankle support, a waterproof parka or poncho, layer-able clothing, gloves, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

For night hikes, bring a flashlight. Even better, wear a head lamp, as many Mount Fuji hikers do. It keeps both hands free when maneuvering among large rocks.

Altitude sickness

The air is thin near and at the summit. This can induce altitude sickness. Temporary symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and augmented breathing difficulties. To avoid or minimize altitude sickness, don't travel too quickly from a low-altitude place to a high one.

Trail congestion

The trail can be heavily congested during the peak season. And the higher you go, the worse the situation becomes because the trail gets steeper and rougher. The line lengthens and moves at a snail's pace. This is particularly true when nearing the summit at night to see the sunrise.

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