After climbing Mt. Fuji there is no better reward than relaxing in a natural hot spring. The volcanic area around Mt. Fuji is home to hundreds and some of the best natural hot springs or "Onsens" as they are referred to in Japan. Appreciating a Japanese onsen is in itself a cultural experience. This is even more so after climbing Mt. Fuji when you need it the most. Relaxing your sore muscles in the healing volcanic mineral water leaves you rejuvenated and refreshed.
For local Japanese climbers enjoying an onsen after each climb is a necessary routine and as important as the climb itself. Every local Japanese Mt. Fuji climbing tour includes a stop at an onsen after each climb to relax. However, we understand that some visitors are not used to this open bath culture and would rather return to the safety of their own hotel to clean up. This is why we have offered a hot spring experience as an option on all our Mt. Fuji climbs.
For many first-time visitors to Japan, entering an onsen is a somewhat unfamiliar experience that involves bathing nude with others of the same sex in hot mineral water. Unwilling to try this new experience some visitors decide to skip the onsen altogether, which is a real shame as the alternative after a Mt. Fuji climb is to spend the next several hours on a bus sitting next to others, dirty, smelly and sore. If you get a chance I highly recommend trying an onsen experience after climbing Mt. Fuji. Your body will be grateful you did.