|Mt. Fuji Self Guided Hike
Japan 6 days ex Tokyo
Though not generally seen as an adventure destination Japan has a lot to offer. We spend a day cycling around the mega city of Tokyo and
discovering some of the nooks and crannies which make this fascinating city so much more unique and interesting than it may first appear.
With a staggering 10% of Japan’s population calling the Tokyo/Yokohama metropolis home it’s not surprising that high-rise and concrete
dominate most people’s perceptions of the city but there is more to this historic city than power suits and tall buildings. Before it became the
capital of Japan in 1603 Edo (as it was then called) was a small city of little note. The Shogun (military commander) picked it as his capital
and within 100 years it was one of the most populous cities in the world at the time. It has suffered many setbacks: regular fires, the 1923
Kanto earthquake and the 1945 firebombing but has bounced back every time and is one of the world’s most vibrant and intriguing capitals.
On a clear day you can look to the south-west of Tokyo and through the tall buildings spy Mt. Fuji (3,776m) in the distance. Japan’s tallest
mountain is a near perfect volcanic cone which last erupted in 1707 (now classified as dormant). Rising majestically from the Kanto plain it
has long been seen as the abode of the native Shinto gods. First climbed in the 7th century by an anonymous monk it now attracts visitors
from all over the world who aim to see the sunrise from the top of this amazing mountain.
As well as detailed trail maps with history of and information about the areas you hike though we also have meal and restaurant
suggestions. In Tokyo we can also organize fully guided tours or help you do some of the great activities on offer – cooking school visit,
martial arts class, tea ceremony class, calligraphy lesson, visiting a sumo stable and much more – you tell us what you'd like to do!
|Day 1 Tokyo
Arrive and transfer from Narita Airport to your ryokan (local guesthouse) in the
heart of Tokyo. There will be a note letting you know what time to meet your guide
tomorrow and a list of restaurant suggestions for dinner tonight.
Day 2 Tokyo guided cycle
Tokyo is a dynamic, modern hub, the thriving capital of an ancient land.
Contradictions are everywhere, as hi-tech gadgetry and neon lights play an
integral part in the lives of a population steeped in tradition. Picking up our
bikeswe join the population of Tokyo as they cycle around their city and head to
the world’s biggest fish market, Tsukiji. The 1,700 stalls sell an amazing 450
varieties of seafood including many you have probably never seen before! Our
ride continues through the many and varied neighbourhoods of Tokyo - from the
Shitamachi downtown area with its down to earth characters to the glitz and
glamour or high street Ginza.
Day 3 Mt. Fuji
You travel by bus to the city of Fuji Yoshida to start the ascent of this iconic
mountain. It’s estimated that 200,000 people climb the mountain every year but
almost all of them begin at the fifth station after taking a bus half way up the
mountain. Instead you will take the Fuji Yoshida route, the oldest pilgrimage route
up the sacred mountain and have the lower slopes of the mountain almost to
yourself as you walk from Sengen Jinja shrine (850m) to your mountain hut at
2,700m. The walk should take you about 6 hours depending on walking speeds.
Day 4 Mt. Fuji
You will need to start very early if you want to get to the summit for sunrise.
Continue the climb to the summit and witness the sunrise from Japan's highest
point. This is also the best time for a clear view because during the early morning
it is least likely to be shrouded in cloud. Weather permitting, you have time to hike
the crater for an hour or two and check out the spectacular views of Mt Fuji's
different sides. After a leisurely descent to the 5th station you will catch a bus
back to Tokyo for a hot shower and a good night's sleep!
Days 5-6 Tokyo
Spend your time back in the capital exploring, doing some last minute souvinir
shopping or indulging in a traditional Shiatsu massage. Characterized by its
great simplicity to an observer Shiatsu would appear to be merely a still, relaxed
pressure at various points on the body with the hand or thumb or a simple
rotation of a limb but much is happening internally to the body's energy on a
subtle level. You can depart at any time on day 6.
Tokyo city cycle tour, Tsukiji fish market, Climb Mt. Fuji
from the base, Shrines, Pilgrimage route, Rustic
mountain hut, Local characters.
min 1 (private tour)
Detailed route directions
Meal and sightseeing suggestions
Detailed history of areas
1 day Tokyo cycle tour
1. Mt Fuji is a rewarding but difficult climb. We offer the
option of day walks in the area instead. There is not any
change in the trip price. Please advise your preference at
time of booking. Unless otherwise advised the itinerary
including the Mt Fuji climb will be booked.
2. Although the official climbing season is from 1 July to
31 August conditions at the summit vary greatly. If you
are climbing a month either side of the season, please
contact us about chances of reaching the summit.
3. It is important to come prepared with clothing for cold
and wet weather.
4. In the event that you are not able to climb Mt Fuji due to
weather conditions you will participate in hikes of the
Traditional inns (4 nts), mountain hut ( nt).
5 breakfasts, 1 dinner.