About Taishikan Hut
Taishikan is located at the 8th station (approx. 3100m a.s.l.) on the Yoshida Trail, halfway between the 5th station and the top.
The name Taishikan comes from a famous prince in the 6th centry, Shotoku-Taishi. According to the literature about him, when he climbed Mt. Fuji, he stopped and took a rest at the place where Taishikan is now.
Because of the altitude, the boiling point is lower than the normal place, so we have to use special facility to cook your meals, for example, high pressure cookers.
We provide you with curry and rice as well as a side dish pack as dinner. Vegetarian and Halal food availiable for staying guests on request in advance.
Our breakfast is TO GO, and handed at the dinner time so that you can leave anytime to see the sunrise at the summit. (Check out time is 5 A.M.)
You don't want to sleep in a futon with other climbers, do you?
Now we have sleeping bags for you. We used to have capacity for 550 people with shared futons, now we cut it down to 350 at the maximum with sleeping bags.
Our bath room is said to be the cleanest in the mountain. Our policy is hospitality starts from clean bath rooms.
How to use the mountain toilet? Just put the papers into the paberbox instead of flushing them to the bowl. To flush use the watergun.
You can see the sunrise anywhere from the Yoshida Route trail above the 6th station. So it is the best route to see the sunrise.
From hudreds of years ago, climbers have chosen Yoshida trail to see the sunrise.
Adjacent to our hut, there is a first aid center operatde by doctors and comedicals. It is open from mid July to late August.
Please come here when you get sick or injured.
Access to Taishikan
To the Yoshida route 5th station
From Shinjuku bus terminal, there is direct bus service to the 5th station. Early reservation is recommended. The online reservation is accepted from the day 1 month before your ride.
Shinjuku---JR Chuo line---Otsuki---Fuji Express line---Mt.Fuji(Fujisan) station---Local bus---5th station
From 5th Station to Taishikan
・5th Station >>Taishikan 3-4hrs.
Descending time ・Top>>5th Station 3-4hrs.
・Taishikan>>5th Station 2hrs.
Taking a rest at the 5th station for an hour or so make you get tuned to the thin air for a little bit.
Please start trekking from 5th station no later than 1 P.M.
Equipments to Climb
Volume of around 25 litters (1500 cu. in.) will suffice for summer Mt.Fuji climbing. Waist and chest harnesses will make your backpack more stable and comfortable. Raincover will keep your things dry on rainy days, but it's recommended that your spare clothes be held in a waterproof bag or a plastic bag. Because of the low temperature, wet clothes may make you hypothermia
Choose mid- to high-cut boots for trekking. Basketball shoes are not good for the slippery descending trail. Expensive leather boots should be avoided because the rough lava might damage them.
Avoid cotton 100% pants. It will never get dry once wet. Jeans are the worst for climbing Mt. Fuji.
You don’t have to buy new shirts, but again, cotton 100% is not recommended. Use easy-to-dry material shirts. If you don’t want to be burnt by the high altitude strong ultraviolet rays, choose longsleeves.
To protect hands from being scratched by the lava. Also for the cold when waiting for the sunrise.
For protection from UV rays. There are many windy days in Mt. Fuji, so use cords or clips to keep your hats and caps on your head.
Thicker socks are good for trekking. Wool material is tough and comfortable.
It can be as cold as the freezing point around sunrise time at the summit. Even when it is boiling hot in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji is winter!
It is often said that it rains from underneath on Mt. Fuji. It is very common to rain with strong wind. Ponchos or raincoats are no use here. Please equipped with rain suits desirably with waterproof, breathable fabric such as Gore-Tex®.
There’s no street light on the trail. so if you want to see the sunrise, please bring a headlamp. iPhone flashlight is good for taking pictures of your face to upload to SNS, but is not enough to light the trail all the way down to the 5th station.
You need much water to climb Mt.Fuji. At least 3 litters of water are needed to climb up and down from the 5th station. If you are fit enough, you can carry all of them. But because of the altitude, if you once get exhausted, it’s difficult to recover in a few hours, so we recommend to buy waters at the huts when you drink up a bottle. It will cost around 500yen for 500ml of water, but bills and even coins are much lighter than water.
Snacks like candy, chocolate, biscuits, and energy jellys are good for energy supply. Choose things easy to eat. Don’t buy Sugarless or low-fat healthy stuffs. They are just useless burden.
There’s no public trash bins up in the mountain. Please take trashes you bring down to the city. Check over packaging in your backpack. It also trims weight of your backpack.
Sun burn is not only bad for the skin, but also drains your body of water. So it might increase the risks of altitude sickness.