Climbing Mt Fuji and seeing the sunrise is a rite of passage for many people in Japan and an increasing number of tourists, especially recent Chinese visitors.
A popular route to the summit of Japan's tallest mountain is the Subashiri course starting from the 5th station, which is accessible by bus and car.
The ascent of Fuji-san from the 5th station to the 8th station takes about 5 and a half hours. Here visitors rest in one of the manned, dormitory huts overnight before making the 90 minute climb to the top to see the sunrise.
The climbing routes from the fifth station include Subashiri, Lake Kawaguchi, Gotemba, and Fujinomiya, with the Lake Kawaguchi route the most popular.
The climbing season at Fuji is from July 1 to August 31. The old adage "Everyone should climb Mount Fuji once; only a fool would climb it twice" holds true.
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