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Suyama-guchi snow hiking

The image that visiting Mt. Fuji is only for summertime is probably shared by many Japanese people, but it seems to be about time for this image to be changed. Aiming to summit Mt. Fuji during the winter means entering a world of snow-mountain climbing that is accompanied by a high level of danger. Nevertheless, the mountainside course starting at Mizukazuka Park that is introduced here is physically much easier than climbing Mt. Fuji during the summer, and makes it possible to enjoy winter hiking at Mt. Fuji with a very low level of danger related to slips and avalanches. Snow hiking under a clear winter sky along the mountainside where there are views of Mt. Fuji colored pure white is an exceptional experience!

Course data

  • Elevation difference: about 350 m
  • Distance: about 8.5 km
  • Suitable time of year: Mid January through late February
  • Level: Hiking

[Notes, etc.]

*The level of snow accumulation differs greatly from one year to another. The gear needed for this hike will depend on the condition of the snow and the hiking path, but generally it is best to bring clothing and equipment for winter-mountain hiking, such as light crampons and snowshoes, etc.

Start

Reference time schedule

9:00 Mizukazuka Park Parking Area

This is a spacious parking area with a great view of Mt. Fuji.

Walk 1 hr

10:00-10:10 Suyama-nobori 1.5th Station

Turn right at the branch in the path. Ahead the path will continue on flat ground.

Walk 50 min

11:00-11:10 Suyama-kudari 1.5th Station

From here, climb in the direction of “Makuiwa.” The path changes from flat to slightly steep.

Walk 35 min

11:45-12:45 Setsugen, before Yotsutsuji (lunch)

The volcanic desert is a snowscape covered with a smooth surface of snow. The scenery at the foot of the mountain, including Suruga Bay and the Izu Peninsula, can be seen before one’s eyes without any obstructions.

Walk 1 hr

13:45-14:00 Suyama-Otainai

Inside the lava cave there is a stone statue of Konohanasakuya-hime (blossom princess). It is said that many people used to pray to her as the god of easy childbirth.

Walk 1 hr

15:00 Mizukazuka Park Parking Area

Goal

*The course duration is merely a general guideline, and it includes time for lunch.

Course map and elevation graph

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