It takes 6-8 hours to climb Mount Fuji from the 5th station at the Subashiri Trail. That`s according to the guide book anyway. Last Wednesday, it took me and a lady in my tour group 5 hours just to get halfway.
She was exhausted from the climb (not from my company). She was also getting dizzy with symptoms of tozanbyo (altitude sickness). Short of sticking her in my backpack, I could see no option but to descend.
I was disappointed not to reach the summit, but the climb we managed was still an incredible experience. Sitting in silence on a cold and wet rock in the dark may not sound like fun, but I encourage you all to give it a go.
In 5 hours, we saw less than 10 climbers on the trail. Tourists are still staying away from Tokyo and Mount Fuji. Now is the ideal time to climb to the usually packed peak.