July 1st is the start of the official climbing season on Mount Fuji and ends August 31. http://wikitravel.org/en/Mount_Fuji
If you must climb Mount Fuji (as I have three times) read my 3Yen guide to climbing it: Mount Fuji — Just say no. Basically, my suggestion is to climb (semi-illegally) in the off-season rather that smell the shit of tens of thousands of climbers who came before you like this photo.
Click for a full view of the horror of enjoying “nature” with of 10,000 Japanese on the summit.
Mt Fuji Tourist Office will now rent out ninja costumes to tourists who want a photo with the mountain in the background: Mainichi News (machine translation)
Also read my 3Yen posts:
. . . —Japan’s Mt Tashmore denied World Heritage status
. . . —Record number of litterers wallow up Japan’s sacred Mount Gomi
And here a photo of the traditional fun of hauling 80 lbs. packs of junk up Japan’s Mount Trashmore circa 1906.
via OkinawaSoba’s flickr