Mt. Fuji is climbed by at least 300,000 people every year and, including the hundreds of thousands of tourists who travel up to the 5th Stations for sightseeing & don't even climb the peak, it comes as no surprise that Mt. Fuji is generally regarded as the most visited mountain in the world.
And since its designation by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on June 22, 2013, Mt. Fuji has now become even MORE popular.
The author’s love affair with Japan's high country has now spanned nearly 26 years, and in addition to scaling Fuji-san twice, he has climbed all of the 29 highest mountains in Japan, and 38 of the tallest 50. And in the Fall of 2012, he published his 1st book on Japanese mountains entitled "The View from the Top of Japan: My 2-decade-long quest to scale the nation’s 25 highest peaks."
The author also runs a website focused primarily on the highest mountains in Japan, and most of his mountain pages rank among the top 3 to 4 results at Google, and several of them are #1. His "Climbing Mt. Fuji - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" page has become the most highly visited page on his entire website.
It's from this vast reservoir of content that he’s drawn upon in this book to share information on things such as climbing trails, recommended clothing & gear, transport access, fun facts & recent news stories, some select questions and answers from his Climbing Mt. Fuji FAQ webpage, as well as some of the more remarkable stories and pics kindly shared by visitors to his website who’ve already scaled Mt. Fuji.
Unlike some other books written about Mt. Fuji which spend a lot of time talking about its history, culture, geology of the dormant volcano, and other non-climbing aspects of Japan’s iconic peak, the author has chosen instead to focus on providing just the essential information necessary for future climbers intent on scaling the mountain.
An advantage of having this eBook's climbing trail data handy on your smart device while scaling Fuji-san is that there's broad cell phone and Wi-Fi coverage nowadays. During the 2016 climbing season, free wireless Internet access was provided at a remarkable 49 hotspots, including at all of the mountain huts along all 4 Mt. Fuji trails.
If in the future you’re planning to climb Japan’s highest peak, there’s no question this eBook will prove to be a valuable resource.
[Note: This eBook was slightly revised in Aug. 2015, including correcting some URL links related to transport access & to update answers to some questions related to the 2015 climbing season. Climber traffic statistics and news stories were left as is, as they are still timely and & fairly accurate.]