Dormy Inn Kofu
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... are located on the edge of town, on the lower slopes of a ridge swathed in tall, majestic evergreens. Our first stop was Rinno-ji, a temple undergoing extensive reconstruction. It’s currently encased inside a massive 7-storey temporary work building to protect it from the elements. It seems like mainly traditional techniques are being used; there were lots of interesting diagrams of how massive wooden beams were being carved to fit ...
... surface of the mountain looked surreal. Something out of a science fiction movie.
For the first 45 mins everything seemed to be well, than the rain came and boy it came!!!!! Within 20 mins, everything that wasn't covered by my so cool raincoat was completely wet. After one hour, everything was wet. water proofed or resistant just couldn't hold off the amounts of rain and wind we were exposed to.
As mentioned before the way down, ...
... front door saying, " Hiking mountain today. Fuji." And our day began. We arrived at the Fifth Station of Mt Fuji mid-morning. As the mountain is only open July through mid-September, visitors flock during the short climbing season. I learned on our trip that it is the most climbed mountain in the world. Most hikers start at the Fifth Station as well as the place most tourists visit. It was crowded and developed. Restaurants, shops, buses was all that could be seen ...
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 ...
... about Mt Fuji, both in The Netherlands as here in Japan, said their trip was not worthwhile. Too crowded, not a real climb ('even children and elderly can do it'), no view because of the clouds... There is some truth in all of that, but in my case I seemed to have picked the perfect time.
Some basic facts: Mt Fuji is climbed every year by over 300.000 people, which is quite astonishing since the snow-free climbing season is limited to 2 just months. And ...