July 24 – July 31, 2020
August 28 – September 4, 2020
Lead Guide: Dennis Broadwell
Tour Guide: Akie Watanabe


8 days in Japan
Trekking Grade: Intermediate


Talk to an ADVENTURE expert



Our Mount Fuji climb is a specialty trip hosted by Dennis Broadwell director and guide of Mountain Gurus and Akie Watanabe a local tour guide from Kobe, Japan. Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and is well recognized by its picturesque symmetrical cone. The mountain is snow-capped for about five months of the year but during the summer offers a moderate snow-free hike to its large crater and iconic summit.

富士山, is known as Fujisan by the Japanese. The mountain lies about 100 kilometers (60 mi) south-west of Tokyo and is an active stratovolcano which last erupted in the 1700’s.

Mount Fuji • 8 Days

Our adventure begins in historic Kyoto, once the former capital of Japan where we spend a few days exploring the city’s famous world heritage sites. We immerse ourselves in the rich Japanese culture, visit ancient temples and sample the exquisite local cuisine. Inari mountain offers our team a chance to stretch our legs as we enjoy a day of light hiking around Kyoto’s natural areas. We soon make our way to Mount Fuji via the high-speed bullet train known as Shinkansen.

We summit the mountain via the Fujinomiya – Gotemba trail variation in two days, overnighting in a high mountain hut just below the summit crater. After watching sunrise known in Japanese as 御来光 goraikō the “arrival of light” and summiting we descend the Prince Route for more exciting views and travel to Hakone by van. The following day we conclude our adventure in modern Tokyo.

During our trek and tour, you will have the chance to overnight in a tradition Japanese style home known as Machiya, learn about Japan’s rich cultural heritage, witness Mount Fuji’s incredible scenery, partake in a traditional Japanese welcome dinner, taste a variety of Japanese cuisine, watch a Geisha (Maiko) dance, bath in an Onsen Hot Spring, visit the ancient temples of historical Kyoto and view the incredible lights and sights of Tokyo city.

What can I expect on my Japanese adventure?

Your adventure will take you from the historic city of Kyoto, to the top of Japan’s highest mountain, and on to fast-paced contemporary Tokyo. Mountain Gurus, Japanese explorer makes for a seamless adventure for those who want to experience the land of the rising sun’s diverse landscape, unique culture and society within eight days.

“You’ll absolutely adore Japan, this trip is packed with so many unforgettable memories!”

In Kyoto, we stay three nights in a Machiya house 町家. These traditional wooden townhouses are found throughout Japan. The simple but elegantly restored homes furnish modern conveniences in the living space, kitchen and bath; where some of the bedrooms offer traditional futon bedding, while others offer western style beds.

After taking in Kyoto’s rich history, once the capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, we travel to Mount Fuji by high speed rail. The trek of Mount Fuji is snow-free and considered non-technical, only requiring good fitness and the ability to hike 5-6 hours per day. Our experienced guides will watch over you and keep you safe throughout the journey. On the mountain we enjoy both sunset and sunrise from a mountainside hut. The huts offer a rice curry meal and basic bunk style accommodations with clean bedding. You will need to carry a light pack, which will include all your gear for one night on the mountain.

After descending, we travel to nearby Hakone or Lake Kawaguchi and relax at a traditional Japanese Inn with Onsen bath following the climb. The next morning, we transfer by rail to Tokyo and check into a modern hotel centrally located near Tokyo main rail station. The rest of the day is spent touring the cities iconic sites while sampling Japanese cuisine along the way.

Trek Highlights

  • 8 days exploration in Japan
  • Co-led by an American mountain guide and/or Japanese tour guide
  • Guided city tours in Kyoto and Tokyo
  • Welcome dinner in Kyoto
  • 3 nights Japanese style home in Kyoto
  • 2 days hiking and ascent of Mount Fuji
  • Comfortable mountain hut during the climb
  • 1 night Ryokan Inn with Onsen Bath
  • 2 nights hotels in Tokyo and Mishima
  • 6 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 3 Dinner
  • Japanese Rail and land transportation
  • Friendly MG office staff will help prepare you for the adventure

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 • Arrive Kyoto
Day 2 • Hike Inari in Kyoto
Day 3 • Tour Kyoto
Day 4 • Transfer to Mount Fuji via Shinkansen
Day 5 • Hike Fujinomiya to mid-station
Day 6 • Summit Fuji and transfer to Hakone
Day 7 • Tour Tokyo
Day 8 • Depart Tokyo

“The trip was beyond my wildest dreams! Japan was absolutely incredible. Climbing Mount Fuji was an exciting adventure. I would recommend this trip to anyone who would like to experience Japan, hike one of the world’s most iconic peaks and have a wonderful time doing so.” 2017 Jennifer


Mount Fuji

Begins in Kyoto and ends in Toyko, Japan

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 and taxi to the Machiya house on your own.

Accommodations: Japanese Machiya House in Kyoto

Day 2 • Hike in Kyoto

Following 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. Returning by rail to Maiko Theater where we delight in a traditional lunch and cultural dance performed by a Maiko, which is a Geisha (Geiko) in training. We then visit Kennin-ji Temple Hojo with it’s relaxing Zen gardens, and the Ninen-zaka, Sannen-zaka preserved tourist districts. Afterwards, time to explore and shop on your own.

Accommodations: Japanese Machiya House in Kyoto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Maiko Theater Course Lunch (B, L)

Day 3 • Tour Kyoto

Today we 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), and the Philosopher’s Walk. In the evening, we dine across the Shirakawa canal “White River” towards downtown in the narrow streets filled with nice restaurants and Ryokan with a traditional Japanese welcome dinner.

Accommodations: Japanese Machiya House in Kyoto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Sushi Lunch, Welcome Sukiyaki Course Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 4 • Transfer to Mount 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 day’s climb and enjoy dinner in a local Japanese restaurant.

Accommodations: Hotel in Mishima
Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Day 5 • Hike to mid-station on Mount Fuji

After breakfast we transfer to the Fujinomiya Fifth Station (trailhead) at 7874 feet by van and begin our trek up Mount Fuji to a high hut located between 10,800-11,400 feet where we spend the night. Mount Fuji has four main routes to its crater summit. We summit the mountain via the Fujinomiya – Gotemba trail variation. Mount Fuji lies about 60 miles southwest of Tokyo and the city can be seen from there on a clear day.

Fujinomiya 5th Station Trailhead • 7874 feet
Gotemba 5th Station Trailhead • 4700 feet

Altitude ascent: 2,950 feet
Hiking times: 4-5 hour ascent hike

Accommodations: Mountainside Hut on Fujisan
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner (B, D)

Route notes: We begin hiking from the Fujinomiya 5th Station Trailhead (7874 feet) and ascend to the 8th Station (10,600 feet), where we then traverse to the Gotemba route and ascend to the 7.9 Station, overnighting at the Akaiwa Hut (10,824 feet). Early the next morning we ascend the Gotemba route to the summit (12,389 ft), watching sunrise from the hut, or from the summit if the weather is clear and we choose to wake early. If the group is strong and weather good, we will round the crater via the Ohachimeguri trail. We then descend the Gotemba route; and return to the Akaiwa Hut to collect our gear. We have the option of either descending the Gotemba route to Fujinomiya 5th Station, connecting via the Prince trail or to Gotemba 5th Station Trailhead (4700 feet) via the “Osunabashiri” (the great sand run).

Another variation is overnighting at Fujinomiya 9th hut at 11,351 ft (3460m) and ascending directly to the crater, then descend via the Gotemba and Prince route trail.

The Fujinomiya 5th trailhead is much higher elevation, allowing for less vertical gain during the climb. Although the final section to the summit is steep and rocky and the descent can be slow and difficult. The trail ascending and descending from the Gotemba to the summit is easier and less crowded. Although the Gotemba 5th trailhead is much lower making for a longer descent despite easier terrain. Our route choice allows for flexibility.

Day 6 • Summit Fujisan and descend, transfer to Hakone • 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 will descend ash-covered path to the Fifth Station trailhead and then transfer to Hakone by van. Overnight at a Ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn with Onsen bath. Alternately we sometimes transfer to Lake Kawaguchi in place of Hakone which offers a classic view of Mount Fuji.

Altitude ascent: 1,565 feet
Altitude descent: 4,515 feet

Hiking times: 2.5 hour morning ascent hike, 3-4 hour descent hike

Accommodations: Japanese Ryokan Inn in Hakone
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner (B, D)

Day 7 • Transfer to Tokyo, and tour

Following a delicious breakfast, we explore downtown Hakone and transfer to Tokyo where we check-in into our hotel located central to Tokyo Main Station. Our last night in Japan we conclude our adventure visiting the famous shopping district of Ginza and take the futuristic Yurikamome train to Odaiba with a view of the Tokyo skyline and the Rainbow Bridge. Visiting the historic Tokyo Tower Top Deck or Roppongi Hills Sky Deck are alternate options.

Or extend your visit in Japan with an extra day in Tokyo. Popular attractions in Tokyo include Tsukiji Fish Market, Kabuki-za Theatre, Hamarikyu Gardens, Harajuku, Shibuya Crossing, Sensō-ji Temple as well as Asakusa, Ueno Park, Tokyo Skytree.

Accommodations: Hotel in Tokyo
Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Day 8 • Depart Tokyo

Tour ends in Tokyo at hotel checkout. Transport to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) or Narita International Airport (NRT) for flights home on your own.

Itinerary Notes
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner




Rates are quoted based on double sharing hotel accommodations while in Mishima, Hakone and Toyko. Single room or Twin room fees apply. An American co-guide is based on 5 or more trekkers.

Deposit and Payments

$1000.00 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application
Balance due 120 days prior to departure

Price Includes

  • Scheduled land transportation in Japan
  • Scheduled Kyoto – Fuji – Tokyo Shinkansen rail transfers
  • Traditional Japanese style home (Machiya) in Kyoto
  • Japanese Inn (Ryokan) in Hakone
  • Hotels in Mishima and Toyko
  • Mountain hut on Fujisan
  • Kyoto, Hakone, Tokyo guided sightseeing tours
  • Tour entrance fees in Kyoto
  • Scheduled meals based on the itinerary
  • Professional mountain guide

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare and meals during travel
  • Airport transfers
  • Non-scheduled Japanese Rail transfers
  • Non-scheduled meals
  • Snack/lunch food during the trek
  • Forwarding of luggage on 1 occasion ($20)
  • Tour entrance fees in Toyko (Toyko Tower, etc.)
  • Personal gear
  • Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
  • Single room supplement (hotels only) $500
  • Twin room supplement (hotels only) $50
  • Medical and evacuation coverage
  • Early departure fees
  • Tips and gratuities


A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in the PreClimb information upon reservation.

Head and Face

  • Warm Hat: Wool/ synthetic, one that covers the ears.
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap
  • Sunglasses: Essential eye protection at altitude.
  • Sunscreen: SPF 30+
  • Lip Balm: SPF 30+
  • LED Headlamp: Bring one extra set of batteries.

Upper Body

  • Baselayer Tops: One synthetic short-sleeve shirt.
  • Softshell Jacket: This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Hardshell Jacket: GORE-TEX© or a fully waterproof shell. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Light Insulated Jacket: Light synthetic insulated jacket
  • Poncho: Quick and handy protection for body and daypack


  • Lightweight Gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)

Lower Body

  • Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations in the mountains.
  • Baselayer Bottom: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
  • Trekking Pants: One pair. Synthetic, stretchy, non-insulated
  • Hardshell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants.


  • Trekking Socks: Three pair synthetic medium weight
  • Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots/shoes large enough to be comfortable with sock.

Packing and Backpack

  • Backpack: One 30L pack with good support, adequate to carry personal.
  • Liner Bags: One large plastic contractor bags.

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.


  • Water Bottle: Two, 1L wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE© or purchase bottled water.

Personal Health and First Aid

  • Small personal first-aid kit and medications



Program Location:
Begins in Kyoto and ends in Toyko, Japan

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:
Haneda International Airport (HND), Narita International Airport (NRT), Kansai International Airport (KIX) or Osaka International Itami Airport (ITM)

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

Meals and Food:
All meals are provided as per meal schedule. See itinerary.

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.

Mount Fuji Fitness & Training

Trekking Grade: Intermediate

Most of our trip will take place exploring the cultural sites of Japan. On our summit day expect to carry a 20 lbs. pack with extra clothes, food, and water. Good physical conditioning is ideal.

Prior to the expedition we recommend running, hiking local peaks, backpacking and trekking to gain strength and stamina for the climb.

Here’s a suggested progression of treks before attempting Mount Fuji.

  • Morocco High Atlas, Mustang Explorer, Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Northwest Climb (Mount Baker), optional

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the weather be during the summer?

In August and early September there is no snow travel on Mount Fuji. The trail is well maintained and easy to navigate. The weather is hot, but can be cold at higher elevations during the early morning hours. Ice axe, crampons, or special equipment is not needed. Only trekking poles and a day pack.

What are the accommodations like?

Our tour stays in a traditional Japanese home while in Kyoto for three nights, known as Machiya. The homes offer a combination of Japanese futon and western style beds. These homes are operated like private hotels as we’ll have a staff for housekeeping during the day. Single accommodations at the traditional Japanese home are not available as this is a shared living environment. One night on Mount Fuji we’ll be in a bunk style mountainside hut (sleeping blankets will be provided from the caretakers). One night at a Ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn with Onsen hot spring bath. The remaining two nights during our tour we’ll stay in comfortable hotels while in Mishima and Tokyo.

Do I need mountaineering experience?

Mountaineering climbing experience is not required, and anyone with strong physical fitness is welcome to join the trek. The trail is snow free during the summer hiking season and only requires trekking poles.

How much will my pack weigh?

We will be trekking to the summit with a 26-30 liter day pack. Daypacks should not weigh more than 20-25 lbs. for your comfort. The mountain hut provides clean bedding for one night on the mountain. We will be leaving our wheeled travel duffel including our extra travel clothes and items at the hotel or in locker storage while climbing Mount Fuji.