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... Apparently, most things close pretty early there and I was told the hostel had a 11 pm curfew (made me feel like I was back in High School). I walked over to a local Tempura restaurant for a decent meal and then back to the hostel (8 people per room, not much privacy, not very social). I decided to get to sleep early (not much else to do) so I could wake up for my big date with Mt. Fuji.
The next day I woke up early, and ...
... below, but where we were was clear and we had great views of the crater. We could even see a few distant mountains sticking up from the lower layer of clouds to the north. Quite the sensation, being so high with no other mountains around us! On the roof of Japan we took some photos and ate our celebratory chocolate before starting down. It was a fairly quiet day today, but in the peak season in August the trails can get very busy up here; ...
... got to work that night :)
Unfortunately I was not able to make an pictures climbing up, it was just to dark. But it looked incredible, to see the clouds beneath you with the moon reflecting on it.The mountain just a shadow on each side of you, reminding you how steep it actually is.
There are a few platform's on the way to the top, to rest. However none of them have shelters, meaning you are the whole night exposed to ...
... my navigating tool. I questioned if I'd lost all my photos. Mike reminded me that I could easily visit all the places I'd been and take new ones since we live here. He suffered through re-taking ones I took early that day. Will ate ice cream and posed for photos with random Japanese people. He watched the mules carting passengers. He climbed on the telescopes and through some tunnels. At least Will was having the time of his life. It wasn't a bad day. I'm glad we went, ...
Left our capsule hostel at 6am to get a direct bus to the start of our trail, Yoshida 5th Station (about 2.5 hours south west of Tokyo. Started hiking at 10am Surprised at how much 'climbing' was required rather than hiking. This is definitely not a trek you just decide to do there and then. Made it to our mountain hut for the night called Fujisan hotel before any other guests arrived. The temperature was much colder than what we've been used to. Bunk beds in the mountain hut were like ...
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