/ Fuji in September

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tingle - on 18 Sep 2016
Me and the girlfriend are planning a trip to japan next September and want to climb Mount Fuji as part of it, and as it is mainly a touristy holiday, we don't want to be carrying mass amounts of equipment with us. So I would like to ask if anyone who has climbed it slightly after season, just how light can you go? Looking at weather reports for September it looks relatively warm minus the rain. Thanks
TonyG - on 20 Sep 2016
In reply to tingle:

There's no snow on Fuji yet in September, and in many ways it's a nice time of year to go... Far less crowds on the mountain, and the buses to the 5th stations are still running. If you're walking up through the night it can get cold, so don't go 'too' light... at least make sure you've got a few warm layers each.

The main drawback to September, maybe the only one, is that it's typhoon season in Japan and can be very wet. That doesn't mean it will rain every day, but this year in particular has been extremely wet. So you might want to build some flexibility into your schedule during the month, keep a firm on the weather forecasts (http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Fuji-san/forecasts/3776) and be prepared to head over there as soon as you get a couple of dry and clear days.

Feel free to get in touch by email if you want any more info about it, and if you and your girlfriend might be looking for any other hikes or rock climbs to do while you're over here, you might find my book ("10 Classic Alpine Climbs of Japan" - http://amzn.to/2cZRIrU) or site (Climb Japan) useful for ideas.

Enjoy planning your trip! Tony
tingle - on 23 Sep 2016
In reply to TonyG:

Great stuff i will check that out, as you are obviously knowledgeable about japan would you recommend maybe hiking in the Japanese alps instead of fuji? i can see fuji as one of those places that when you are on it theres not that much to see.

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