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August 21 – August 28, 2024
August 20 – August 27, 2025
Lead Guide: Dennis Broadwell
Tour Guide: Akie Watanabe


8 days in Japan
Activity Levels: Moderate Hiking


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Our Mount Fuji climb is a specialty trip hosted by Dennis Broadwell, lead alpine guide and director of Mountain Gurus, and Akie Watanabe a local tour guide from Kobe, Japan. Known as Fujisan, or 富士山, by the Japanese, Mount Fuji (12,389 ft.) is the highest mountain in Japan and is well known around the world for 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. Mount Fuji is located about 100 kilometers (60 mi) southwest of Tokyo and is an active stratovolcano that last erupted in the 1700s.

Mount Fuji • 8 Days

We begin our adventure in the historic city of Kyoto, which was once the capital of Japan. Over the course of two full days, we immerse ourselves in its rich culture, exploring world heritage sites, visiting ancient temples and sampling exquisite local cuisine. We also explore the city’s natural areas, including Inari Mountain, which offers our team a chance to stretch our legs with a day of light hiking before we leave for Mount Fuji via the high-speed bullet train known as Shinkansen.

Our ascent of Mount Fuji takes two days. We follow the Fujinomiya–Gotemba Trail variation to a high mountain hut just below the summit crater, where we spend the night. The following morning we awake early to watch the sunrise, known in Japanese as 御来光 or goraikō, the “arrival of light,” stand on the summit and then descend via the Prince Route for its more exciting views. We then travel to Lake Kawaguchi by van. The following day we conclude our adventure in modern Tokyo.

During the trek and tour, you will have the chance to overnight in a traditional Japanese style home known as Machiya, learn about Japan’s rich cultural heritage, hike through Mount Fuji’s incredible scenery, enjoy a traditional Japanese welcome dinner, sample a variety of Japanese cuisine, watch a Geisha (Maiko) dance, bathe in an Onsen Hot Spring, visit the ancient temples of historical Kyoto and take in the brilliant sights and activity of Tokyo.

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 then to fast-paced, contemporary Tokyo. Mountain Gurus’ Japanese Explorer offers a seamless, eight-day adventure through the diverse landscapes, cultures and communities of the Land of the Rising Sun.

During our three nights In Kyoto, we stay in a Machiya, 町家, a kind of traditional, wooden townhouse found throughout Japan. These accommodations are simply and elegantly restored, the living spaces, kitchen and bathrooms offering a blend of historic style and modern conveniences. When sleeping in the Machiya homes, you may choose between traditional futon bedding or western-style beds.

“You’ll absolutely adore Japan, this trip is packed with so many unforgettable memories!” ~ Kimberly, August 2019

After taking in the rich history of Kyoto, which served as the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years, we travel to Mount Fuji by high speed rail. The trek to the summit of Mount Fuji is snow-free and non-technical, requiring only good fitness and the ability to hike for 5 to 6 hours per day. Our experienced guides will accompany you throughout your climb to ensure your comfort and safety. We enjoy a sunset and a sunrise high on the mountain, and stay in a hut just below the summit, which offers a rice curry meal and basic bunk style accommodations with clean bedding. While on Mt. Fuji, you will need to carry a light pack with all your gear for our one night on the mountain.

After descending, we travel to nearby Lake Kawaguchi, where we relax at a traditional Japanese Inn with a warm Onsen bath. The next morning, we transfer by van to Tokyo and check into a modern hotel centrally located near the city’s main rail station. We spend the next two days touring Tokyo’s iconic sites and sampling Japanese cuisine.

Trek Highlights

  • 8 days exploring Japan 
  • Led by an American mountain guide and Japanese tour guide 
  • Guided city tours in Kyoto and Lake Kawaguchi
  • Welcome dinner in Kyoto 
  • 3 nights in a traditional Japanese home in Kyoto 
  • 2 day ascent of Mount Fuji 
  • Comfortable mountain hut during the climb 
  • 1 night in Ryokan Inn with Onsen Bath 
  • 2 nights hotels in Tokyo and Mishima 
  • 6 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 3 Dinner 
  • Japanese Rail and land transportation
  • Optional guided city tour of Tokyo, includes accommodations
  • Friendly MG office staff will help you prepare for your 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
Day 7 • Lake Kawaguchi
Day 8 • Depart Tokyo

Tokyo Tour

Day 8 • Tokyo Tour
Day 9 • Tokyo Tour
Day 10 • 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.” ~ Jennifer, August 2017


Mount Fuji

Begins in Kyoto and ends in Tokyo, 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 transfer 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. We return by van to Maiko Theater where we delight in a traditional lunch and cultural dance performed by a Maiko, or Geisha (Geiko) in training. We then visit Kennin-ji Temple Hojo with its relaxing Zen gardens, and the Ninen-zakaSannen-zaka preserved tourist districts. Afterwards, we have time to explore and shop on your own.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 600 feet to Inari mountain
Trekking Time: 2-3 hours roundtrip

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 share a traditional Japanese welcome dinner in one of the many fine restaurants or one of the Ryokan, traditional Japanese inns, that line the narrow streets along the Shirakawa “White River” Canal on the outskirts of downtown.

Accommodations: Japanese Machiya House in Kyoto
Meals Included: Breakfast, Sukiyaki Course Lunch, Welcome Sushi 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 and souvenir market before departing for 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 by van to the Fujinomiya Fifth Station (trailhead) at 7,874 feet and begin our trek up Mount Fuji to a high hut located between 10,824 and 11,400 feet where we spend the night. Four main routes lead to Mount Fuji’s summit crater. We summit the mountain via the Fujinomiya – Gotemba trail variation. Tokyo lies about 60 miles northeast of mount Fuji and can be seen from the summit on a clear day.

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

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 2,950 feet
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

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

Route notes: We begin hiking from the Fujinomiya 5th Station Trailhead (7,874 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 hike around the crater rim 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 (4,700 feet) via the “Osunabashiri” (the great sand run).

Another variation is overnighting at Fujinomiya 9th hut at 11,351 feet (3,460m) 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, but begins from the much lower Gotemba 5th trailhead, making for a longer descent despite the easier terrain. Our itinerary allows for flexibility in choosing our route.

Day 6 • Summit Fujisan and descend, transfer to Lake Kawaguchi • 12,389 feet

We wake early and begin our summit hike, reaching Mt. Fuji’s crater rim as the sun crests the eastern horizon, a moment known by the Japanese as 御来光, or goraikō, “arrival of light.” Eight peaks rise from the rim of the summit crater. The highest of them, and the highest point in Japan, is Ken-ga-mine near the Mount Fuji Radar Station. After enjoying the summit, we descend an ash-covered path to the Fifth Station trailhead and then transfer to Lake Kawaguchi by van, which offers a classic view of Mount Fuji. We overnight at a Ryokan with Onsen bath.

Vertical Ascent Trekking: 1,565 feet
Vertical Descent Trekking: 4,515 feet / 7,689 feet
Trekking Time: 2-3 hours to summit, 3-4 hours descent to trailhead

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

Day 7 • Transfer to Tokyo

Following a delicious breakfast, we explore Lake Kawaguchi in the morning, visiting Oishi Park and Sengen Park with spectacular views of Mt Fuji, and then transfer to Tokyo to check into our hotel, the luxurious InterContinental on Tokyo Bay. We journey to Odaiba with a panoramic view of the Tokyo skyline and the Rainbow Bridge. We conclude our adventure in the early evening at our 5-star hotel.

Or extend your visit in Japan with a two-day tour of Tokyo’s greatest attractions.

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.

Meals Included: None

Tokyo Tour

Or continue for a tour of Japan’s largest city.

Day 8 • Begin Tokyo Tour

We begin the day with a visit to the Meiji Jingu (Shrine) to take in the beautiful architecture and learn about the history of the deified emperor. Then take a turn into modernity as we explore Harajuku, where kawaii (cute) culture began and where you’ll find a wide variety of cuisine and shopping. We conclude this day of our tour in Shibuya, with a visit to the Shibuya Sky rooftop observatory and tour of a vibrant youth culture epicenter.

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

Day 9 • Second Day of Tokyo Tour

Today we visit the Tsukiji Fish Market, famed for its worldclass seafood and cultural significance, before diving deep into old Tokyo with a tour of Asakusa. Here you’ll find traditional temples and snack foods interspersed amongst both surviving and restored features of this historic entertainment district. We then board one of the iconic water buses for the voyage to the Hamarikyu Japanese garden. We wrap up the second day of our tour in Ginza, where opportunities for shopping and delicious food abound.

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

Day 10 • 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.

Meals Included: None

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




Tokyo Tour Extension: $995

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

Deposit and Payments

  • A non-refundable deposit of $1000.00 per person secures your reservation.
  • The balance is due 120 days prior to the start date.
  • The balance can be paid by credit card with a surcharge of 3.0%, or Zelle payment network.
  • If your balance payment is not received 120 days before the start of your program, your reservation will be canceled, and all program fees forfeited.

Price Includes

  • Scheduled land transportation in Japan
  • Scheduled Kyoto – Mishima Shinkansen rail transfers
  • Traditional Japanese style home (Machiya) in Kyoto
  • Japanese Inn (Ryokan) in Lake Kawaguchi
  • Hotels in Mishima and Tokyo
  • Mountain hut on Fujisan
  • Kyoto, Lake Kawaguchi 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
  • Alcoholic or bottled beverages)
  • Tour entrance fees in Tokyo (Tokyo Tower, etc.)
  • Personal gear
  • Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
  • Single room supplement (hotels only) $600
  • 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 or synthetic, must cover 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: A breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Hardshell Jacket: GORE-TEX© or fully waterproof shell. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Light Insulated Jacket: Light synthetic insulated or down 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.
  • Trekking Pants: One pair. Synthetic, stretchy, non-insulated
  • Hardshell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants.


  • Trekking Socks: Two pair wool or synthetic medium weight
  • Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots, or hiking shoes with adequate ankle support, large enough to be comfortable with your warm socks
  • Gaiters: Lightweight, optional

Packing and Backpack

  • Backpack: One 30-liter pack with good support and adequate space for personal, trekking gear
  • Liner Bags:  One large plastic contractor bags to keep gear dry

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, 1-liter wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE© or purchase bottled water on the mountain.

Personal Health and First Aid

  • Small personal first-aid kit and medications



Program Location:
Begins in Kyoto and ends in Tokyo, 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-country in the 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 a pre-departure information packet upon booking. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Mount Fuji Fitness & Training

Activity Levels: Moderate Hiking

Most of our itinerary consists of exploring cultural sites in 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 build 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

Why Mountain Gurus

Since 2008, we have offered world-class Seven Summits expeditions, high-altitude climbs, and specialized treks around the globe from the Himalayas to the Andes, and from the heights of Africa to the rainforests of the Amazon Basin. We make safety our foremost priority. We employ some of the most talented guides in the industry, and we maintain low client-to-guide ratios to ensure that you enjoy the best possible experience. Our business is rooted in environmental and social stewardship. We also offer a wide selection of mountaineering courses and climbs in the Pacific Northwest through our partner company, Northwest Alpine Guides. To learn more about our services, history and philosophy, please visit: Why Mountain Gurus.

What will the weather be during the summer?

In July, August and early September, the weather on Mount Fuji is typically hot, but cold temperatures can prevail at higher elevations in the early morning hours. Our route up the mountain is free of snow, following a well-maintained trail. We will ascend with trekking poles and a day pack. Ice axe, crampons, and other special equipment are not needed.

What are the accommodations like?

During our three nights in Kyoto we stay in traditional, wooden Japanese homes known as Machiya. These homes are simply and elegantly restored. They operate like private hotels, with housekeeping staff, and offer a choice between Japanese futon bedding or western-style beds. Single accommodations are not available in the Machiya as this is a shared living environment. We spend one night on Mount Fuji in bunks in a mountainside hut with sleeping blankets provided by the caretakers. After our climb, we spend one night at a Ryokan with Onsen hot spring bath. On the other two hotel nights of our tour, we stay in comfortable hotels in Mishima and Tokyo.

Do I need mountaineering experience?

Mountaineering experience is not required. We welcome anyone with strong physical fitness 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?

For your comfort, we trek to the summit of Mount Fuji with a 26- to 30-liter day pack, ideally weighing no more than 20 to 25 pounds. Clean bedding is provided by the mountain hut where we spend one night before summitting. During our climb, we leave our wheeled travel duffel, extra travel clothes and other items at our hotel or in storage lockers.


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