The Fujinomiya 5th Station (富士宮五合目, Fujinōmiya Gogōme) is the second most popular and second most developed of the four fifth stations on Mount Fuji. It is the easiest to access by public transportation from western Japan, and is served by direct buses from Shin-Fuji and Mishima Stations along the JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
The windy road to the 5th station, called the Fujisan Skyline, used to be a toll road, but it is now free to use. However, the road is closed to private vehicles during the entirety of the official climbing season (July 10 to September 10) when shuttle buses instead operate to a designated parking lot further down the mountain and train stations. The road is also closed during winter from late November to late April.
Besides a lot of parking lots, the Fujinomiya 5th Station offers a shop, restaurant and toilets. As with the shops found at the other fifth stations, this is the last chance for climbers to get food, water, oxygen, and other supplies at reasonable prices before the costs skyrocket at higher elevations.
At 2400 meters above sea level, the Fujinomiya 5th Station is the highest of the fifth stations, and the Fujinomiya Trail is the shortest route up Mount Fuji. The ascent takes 4-7 hours, while the descent takes 2-6 hours. There are about half a dozen mountain huts along the way. The Fujinomiya Trail is the only route that is not split into separate ascending and descending trails, which can result in congestions on busy days during the climbing season. Note also that the trail does not offer views of the sunrise before reaching the summit.
Besides the trail to the summit, Fujinomiya 5th Station offers a shorter hiking trail to Hoeizan, a nearby secondary peak with a crater on the southeastern slope of Mount Fuji. Hoeizan was formed in 1707 and 1708 during the Hoei Era of the Edo Period, when Mount Fuji last erupted.
The trail to Hoeizan branches off the Fujinomiya Trail at the 6th station, and it takes about 30 minutes to reach the crater rim from where nice views of Hoeizan's crater and peak can be enjoyed. Hikers can then return to the 5th Station via a circular route or continue for another 30-60 minutes through the crater and up to the peak of Hoeizan on the opposite side of the crater.
From its 2693 meter high peak, Hoeizan offers an unobstructed, panoramic view down to the Pacific Ocean and as far away as Tokyo on a clear day. The return trip down into the crater includes a short "sand run" similar to the Osunabashiri of the Gotemba Trail and is considerably faster than the ascent.
In the regular year, buses to the Fujinomiya 5th Station depart from Shin-Fuji Station daily during the climbing season and on weekends from late April through October, and from Mishima Station during July and August; however, in 2021 there is no bus service during the off-season. Shin-Fuji and Mishima Stations are located along the JR Tokaido Shinkansen, which connects Tokyo with Osaka.
By bus from Shin-Fuji Station
Buses operate between Shin-Fuji Station and the Fujinomiya 5th Station, making a stop at Fujinomiya Station along the way. From Shin-Fuji Station, the one way trip to the 5th Station takes two and a half hours and costs 2420 yen, while a round trip ticket is available for 3200 yen. Shin-Fuji Station is served only by Kodama trains along the Tokaido Shinkansen.
Bus Timetable (climbing season)
Bus Timetable (off-season)
By bus from Mishima Station
During most of the climbing season there are direct buses between Mishima Station and the Fujinomiya 5th Station. The one way trip takes around two hours and costs 2500 yen, while a round trip ticket costs 3200 yen. There are no bus connections during the off-season. Mishima Station is served by all Kodama trains and one out of four Hikari trains along the Tokaido Shinkansen.
The windy, toll-free road to the Fujinomiya 5th Station is closed to private vehicles during the climbing season (July 10 to September 10) and during winter, typically from late November to late April. During the rest of the year, the 5th Station can be reached by car.
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