End of Mount Fuji Climbing Season

Mount Fuji Climbing Season, End of

On or near August 26
Climbing Mount Fuji is such a popular sport in Japan that the climbing season has a formal opening and closing. It begins on July 1, when the six most popular routes for the journey up the mountain are opened for the summer, and ends with a fire festival in the city of Fujiyoshida on or near the evening of August 26. Huge torches more than 10 feet high and several feet in circumference are set up along the streets, and families pile up firewood in front of their houses. At about 5 p.m., two portable shrines are brought down from the mountain and carried through the main street of Fujiyoshida. About an hour later, all the torches and family bonfires are lit simultaneously. The flames continue long past midnight, and thousands of spectators flock to the town to witness the spectacle.
CONTACTS:
City of Fujiyoshida
1842 Shimoyoshida Fujiyoshida-shi
Yamanashi-ken
Fujiyoshida, 403-8601 Japan
81-5-5522-1111; fax: 81-5-5522-0703
www.city.fujiyoshida.yamanashi.jp/div/english/html
SOURCES:
BkFestHolWrld-1970, p. 110