Food is not brought on foot there, it was may be 20-30 years ago. They use mountain buldozers for that. Alice-chan
I removed the following, but am putting it here for reference and future research:
Fujiyoshida's official website has more updated info on the Kawaguchiko trail's huts.
conflicting costs at the summit
The following 2 lines are in the same section... which one shall we keep?
Sorry, I don't believe two hours to the top at walking pace is reasonable. There's a race to the top and back every year, and although that's all the way from the bottom (2x the distance), even the hardened pros seem to struggle to manage it in four. Jpatokal 07:13, 26 July 2007 (EDT)
From my experiences 2 days ago I think a healthy person could walk it to the top (from the 5th station) in 2 hours. Certainly none of us ran at any point and all 4 of us made it to the top and had to sit there and freeze for 4 hours to wait for the sunrise. The officially quoted times seem appropriate for extended families and the like. 184.108.40.206 07:33, 26 July 2007 (EDT)
If travelling via Gotenba: The last bus up the mountain leaves around 5 pm. If you have water purification equipment, there is free rainwater at the 6th, 7th and 8th stations. There is no mountain house at the 9th station You should have gaiters for the climb down, as otherwise your shoes will fill with sand while running through the ash field between the 6th and 5th stations. I was told by someone working at one of the mountain huts that there is no need to make reservations to stay at the mountain houses on this route on the weekdays (although it doesn't hurt). There is no need to bring T.P.- all the bathrooms have it. The only functional vending machines on this route are at the bus stop at the 5th station and at the souveneir shop at the 5th station(which is closed at night). I ate curry rice recently at the hut at the 8th station with no rest fee charged (800 yen total). Perhaps whether or not a rest fee is charged while eating varies from hut to hut?
Yes, Mount Fuji is within Fuji-Izu-Hakone National Park, but "Fuji-Izu-Hakone National Park/Mount Fuji" is a terrible name. We haven't districted national parks before, I don't think we should start now. (Except Kruger National Park, which I still think is handled wrong now. If it's big enough to be a region, its subparts should be small city destinations.) Jpatokal 09:33, 30 April 2008 (EDT)
Someone has twice removed the statement that you need official permission to climb in the off-season. Does anyone want to argue that that's not true? Gorilla Jones 00:21, 15 June 2009 (EDT)
Why do all the directions assume you're coming from Tokyo? Very confusing when Nagoya and other cities also have Chuo lines.
And yes, I'd be glad to update it myself if I figure this out. 220.127.116.11 07:40, 14 July 2011 (EDT)