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Mt. Fuji’s First Snow This Season: Is It Safe To Climb?

Travelers Today       By    Angela Ordonez

Updated: Nov 13, 2016 05:00 PM EST

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Japan's highest peak, Mount Fuji, has been covered with snow for the first time this season. It's the most recent initial snowcap on record as it did in 1956 as it came 26 days later than average. Japanese weather officials say that the snow was detected at around 6:20 AM, Japan time, on October 26.

The Japanese' highest mountain has been adored as a holy mountain that gained popularity among artists and common people. According to Japan Guide, the easiest way to view Mount Fuji is from the train trip between Tokyo and Osaka. The best view of the mountain can be appreciated from around Shin-Fuji Station on the right-hand side of the train.

The temperature of the 3776-meter Mt. Fuji on the mountaintop at 7 AM was minus 7.1 degrees Celsius, based on reports by NewsOnJapan.com. . You are already fortunate if you will be able to get a clear view of the mountain because it is often blocked by the clouds and poor visibility. Japan Guide added that the visibility of the mountain is better during colder seasons than in summer which is more preferably in the early morning and late evening than the middle of the day.

Japan Guide reported that climbing Mount Fuji makes life more memorable. Although the mountain may look more beautiful from afar than close up, but the climbing experience are equally rewarding for mountain hikers across the globe.

For Mt. Fuji hikers, the official climbing season is on early July to mid September which is also the time when the trails and mountain facilities are open. At this period, the mountain is free of snow, weather is warm, there is easy access by public transportation and the mountain huts are open during this period as per Japan Guide.

Moreover, the key challenge of the climb is the fact that it is physically strenuous, plus the more you gain altitude, the thinner air, as well. Thus, visitors without hiking experience are advised to have an orientation during the official climbing season.

Japan Guide also cautioned visitors that if there is snow on the mountain, proper mountaineering equipment and skill is required. It is noted that from October to around mid June, climbing to the summit is highly dangerous due to life-threatening winds and weather conditions of snow and perils from avalanches.

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