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Mount Fuji • Guided Trek

Historic Kyoto • Toyko

Details

Length:

8 days in Japan

Trekking Season:

Summer

Trekking Grade Grade:

Cost

$3450

Climbing Grade: Advanced

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain above 8000 meters. Class 5.6 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Intermediate

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain at high altitude. Class 4 ice or 5.8 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Intermediate

This climb requires snow and ice climbing skills with proficiency on steep and icy terrain. Strong backpacking and excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Prior climbing experience is required. High altitude experience is beneficial.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Beginner

Prior climbing experience is beneficial. Basic snow and ice climbing skills are introduced during the program. Above average physical conditioning is requisite for this climb. No high altitude experience is required.

Climbing Grade: Beginner

No prior climbing experience is required. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Easy

No experience required.

Trekking Grade: Moderate

This trek requires 4-6 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 1000-2000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Strenuous

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and great physical conditioning are requisite.

If you have further questions about our climbing or trekking grades; or about your qualifications for a particular expedition, trek, climb or course, please contact us.

Trek Overview

Our Mount Fuji climb is a specialty trip hosted by Dennis Broadwell owner and guide of Mountain Gurus. Please inquire if you’d like to be included in our trip planning for summer 2018. Our plan is to arrive in historic Kyoto and enjoy of few days of touring the city’s historic sights. We’ll soak up the rich Japanese culture, visit temples, sample the local cuisine and do some light hiking around Kyoto. We then transport to Mount Fuji via the high-speed Shinkansen (bullet train). We’ll climb the mountain via the Fujinomiya or Gotemba route in two days overnighting in a high mountain hut just below the summit. After summiting we descend and travel to Tokyo by train. We conclude our adventure with a tour of modern Toyko. Opportunities for cultural activities include, sightseeing of temples/ historical palaces, overnight in tradition Japanese style home (Ryokan) in Kyoto, Geisha dance and dinner, overnight in tradition style Onsen (hot spring), lots of opportunities for experiencing traditional Japanese food and culture.

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2018 Mount Fuji • 8 day trek

August 17: Arrive Kyoto
August 18: Tour Kyoto
August 19: Hiking in Kyoto
August 20: Transfer to Fuji via bullet train
August 21: Hike to mid-station on Fuji
August 22: Summit Fuji and descend, transfer to Tokyo • 12,389 ft
August 23: Tokyo Tour
August 24: Depart Tokyo

Itinerary

Sample Flight Schedule: USA – Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Tour begins in Kyoto, Japan


Mount Fuji • 8 day trek

Day 1 • Arrive Kyoto

Arrive Tokyo at Haneda International Airport (HND), Narita International Airport (NRT), Kansai International Airport (KIX) or Osaka International Itami Airport (ITM) and transport to Kyoto via train or taxi on your own. Meet and overnight at the hotel in Kyoto. (7-day Japan Rail Pass is provided by Mountain Gurus)

Day 2 • Tour Kyoto

Today we’ll enjoy a walking and public transportation tour of historic Kyoto visiting famous parks and temples such as Arashiyama (bamboo forest), Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Ginkaku-ji Temple (Silver Pavilion), the Philosopher’s Walk, Gion and the Yaska Shrine. (B)

Day 3 • Hiking in Kyoto

After breakfast we visit the Shinto wonderland of Fushimi Inari Taisha (Red Gate Shrine) and hike two hours to the top of Inari mountain 765 feet (233 meters) at the far southern end of the Higashiyama Mountains. Afterwards we visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka preserved tourist districts. Depending on the interest of the group we dine in Shimbashi Geisha district the heart of Gion in the evening or across the Shirakawa canal “White River” towards downtown in the narrow streets filled with nice restaurants and Ryokan. (B, D)

Day 4 • Transfer to Fuji via bullet train

As time allows we visit the Nishiki Market, Kyoto’s largest traditional food market and souvenir shops before departing towards Mount Fuji. We travel by the famous high-speed Shinkansen (bullet train) reaching speeds of 150-200 miles per hour. Once near the mountain we prepare for the next days climb and enjoy dinner in a local Japanese restaurant. (B)

Day 5 • Hike to mid-station on Fuji

After breakfast we transfer to the Fifth Station (trailhead) by bus and begin our trek up Mount Fuji to a high hut located between 9500-11,000 feet where we overnight. Mount Fuji has four main routes to it’s crater summit. We choose our route based on the interests of the group. Mount Fuji lies about 60 miles south-west of Toyko and the city can be seen from there on a clear day. (B, D)

Fujinomiya Trailhead at 7874 feet
Yoshida Trailhead at 7562 feet
Gotemba Trailhead at 4700 feet

Day 6 • Summit Fuji and descend, transfer to Tokyo • 12,389 ft

We wake early and begin our hike up reaching Mt. Fuji’s crater rim as the sun rises out of the western sky. The morning light is called 御来光 goraikō, “arrival of light”. There are eight peaks around the crater at the summit. The highest point in Japan is Ken-ga-mine near the Mount Fuji Radar Station. After enjoying the summit, we’ll descend ash-covered path to the Fifth Station trailhead. We then transfer to Tokyo by rail or van depending on our route. Overnight hotel. (B)

Day 7 • Tokyo Tour

Our last full day in Japan we tour Tokyo by public transport. Popular attractions include Sensō-ji Temple and Asakusa, Ueno Park, Tokyo Tower, Odaiba and Rainbow Bridge, and the shopping and entertainment ward of Ginza.

Day 8 • Depart Tokyo

Tour ends in Tokyo at hotel check-out. Transport to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) or Narita International Airport (NRT) for flights home.

Details

Land Cost
Price per person: $3450 (based on minimum of 8 climbers)
Price per person: $3650 (based on minimum of 6 climbers)

The trip cost will be determined by the number of participants and logistics we choose as a group (hotels, transportation) Please inquire for more information.

Single Supplement: $450


Deposit and Payments
$1000 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application.
Balance due 120 days prior to departure


Services included
All scheduled land transportation once in Japan
Kyoto to Fuji to Shinkansen train
3 nights tradition Japanese style home in Kyoto
3 nights hotel accommodations near Fuji and Toyko
1 night mountain hut accommodations
Kyoto & Tokyo Tour
Scheduled meals on Mount Fuji
Professional guide


Services not included
International airfare – USA – Kyoto
Non-scheduled airport transfers
Non-scheduled meals
Snack food during the trek
Personal gear
Single Room Supplement
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Staff gratuities


Single Supplement
For many of our international trips which include hotels stays, a single room supplement is available for an additional fee. For single travelers who do not wish to pay an additional fee for a single room, we will make every effort to pair you with another team member. If we’re unable to pair you with another member a single supplement fee may apply depending on the trip destination.

 

Gear List

Trekking • Japan

Head and Face:
• Warm hat: One that covers the ears.
• Sun Hat or Baseball cap
• Sunglasses: Essential eye protection at altitude.
• Sunscreen: SPF 30+
• Lip Balm: SPF 30+
• Headlamp: Bring plenty of batteries.

Upper Body:
• Upper Body Layers: We recommend you have three warm layers for the upper body. Items must be made of synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably over each other and supply good insulation. A good combination is a long underwear top, a sweater, and a pile jacket. Cotton items do not provide adequate insulation and are completely useless when damp.
• Softshell Jacket and/or Fleece Pullover: Medium weight
• Shirts: Two synthetic shirts for trekking.
• Hard Shell Jacket w/ hood: Rain and high wind can be common.
• Insulated Down Jacket: Light weight, optional
• Rain Poncho

Handwear:
• Lightweight synthetic (fleece) Gloves: One pair

Lower Body:
• Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations on the mountain.
• Hard Shell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants.
• Trekking Pants: Synthetic, comfortable to climb in and provide good warmth.
• Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the program.

Footwear
• Trekking Socks: Two pair synthetic medium weight
• Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots or trekking shoes large enough to be comfortable with socks.

Backpack:
• Frameless backpack: One lightweight small size (2500-3000 cubic inches) comfortable pack with some support, adequate to carry personal gear.

Travel Luggage:

• Lightweight travel luggage that can easily navigate airports and train stations. A good combination is your trekking backpack w/ a wheeled type travel duffle bag.

Trekking Gear:
• Trekking poles: adjustable and collapsible

Drinking:
• Water Bottle: Two, one liter wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©

Personal Health and First Aid
• Small personal first-aid kit and medications
• Personal Items

A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Travel

International Programs • Japan

Program start time & location: begins in Kyoto and ends in Toyko

Visa/Entry Information: A valid passport is required for American citizens to enter Japan. American citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism.

Health & Immunizations: Immunizations are not required for entry into Japan

Flight Travel Information: USA – Kansai International Airport (KIX)

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Meals and Food: Please prepare lunch and snack food as this service is not included during the climbing portion of the program. (see itinerary for meal schedule).

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.