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Today I headed to mt fuji. It was a 4 and a half hour trip, setting off at 6.30 am and arriving by 11am at my hostel. Having postponed my trip to fuji because of bad weather 3 days ago, I was hoping for a clear day for the best views. At first Fuji was covered by some low hanging clouds but as the day wore on I got lucky again and they gradually dispersed. I decided that the best ...
... left for Yatsugatake earlier.
It took about 2 hours to go over the mountain and we arrived at about 5.30pm at the ryokan (Japanese inn). By the we made up the futons and got ourselves ready, it was time for dinner. Shigeki's favourite restaurant in the area was a beer hall restaurant serving fusion food. The only reason was not for the food but for the beer.
The food was a mix of everything. We had pizza, a potato ...
The best about all is to see the shadow of mount Fuji in the clouds behind. The perfect pyramid is reflected and these pictures have to be taken, they wont stay long and disappear rapidly as the sun rises more and more.
Now the temperatures become more and more comfortable and we start to take the one hour walk around the crater. We can spot some snow that remains ...
We can see mirads of people climbing the mountain, their head lights are visible in the night, Its like an ants nest, the people arrive slowly from different directions and occupy the crater.
The sunrise is taking longer than expected and we have to stay a while in the cold morning, but when you see the sun coming above the horizon and the place around you get into the sunlight - its an unforgettable experience.
... at night!
Luckily I managed to get the last bus back from the mountain at 9.20pm, otherwise it would have been a long walk back from the fifth station through bear inhabited woods!
If you get the chance you should climb Mt. Fuji. it is not that difficult to do but as the Japanese pronoun says, 'a wise man climbs Mt. Fuji once, but a stupid man does it twice'! That's why i won't be climbing it ...