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Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji April 3rd 2012

For those of you who are still following my blog, I am going to make this last entry short and sweet. Part of the reason for this is exhaustion...but perhaps an even more important reason is that the experience of seeing Mt. Fuji seriously cannot be captured in words. A few weeks ago, I told a Japanese man staying in my Tokyo guest-house that I was planning to visit Mt. Fuji during my last weekend in Japan. I incorrectly assumed that he had visited Mt. Fuji before, both because it was the largest mountain in the country and because it was known all over the world. Much to my surprise, though, he said that he, and many others in Japan, never visit Mt. Fuji out of respect for its awesomeness and religious/spiritual significance. It was a ... read more
Mt. Fuji
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Fuji-Sengen Shrine

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji March 8th 2012

Okay, this is just to get the map up. Stories and photos will have to follow later. Here's the deal: once at Sendai station, only local trains are allowed. No Shinkansen. Have to take the next train headed in a direction other than North. No backtraking, so in the event of a wrong train (Aizu-wakamatsu, for example), I have to work my way back around. Here are the stops, not ALL the stops, obviously, just the ones where I got off and looked around. Sendai Fukushima Koriyama Aizu-wakamatsu (oops) Kitakata Niigata Niitsu Nagaoka Noetsu Nagano Ueda Komoro Kobuchizawa Kofu... read more

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji November 6th 2011

Day 3 - Shizuoka We caught the iconic shinkansen (bullet) train from Osaka to Shizuoka today. Travelling at speeds over 300kph, we arrived about 2 hours later and picked up a Mazda rental car. I was a bit nervous about driving in Japan but the driving itself turned out to be easier than I'd imagined as the road rules are quite similar to ours and the traffic wasn't too bad (probably helped that it was lunch time on a Sunday). Anyway, we made our way out along Highway 1 towards Mt Hakone. Unfortunately, we only had Japanese GPS and even though I had maps that I'd downloaded from Google, it was still difficult trying to find our way due to the lack of signs in English. We eventually ended up where we wanted to go which ... read more
Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi
Stunning Shosenkyo Gorge
Autumn foliage at Shosenkyo

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji September 25th 2010

Mt Fuji The season was drawing in on us for our opportunity to climb Mt Fuji, by the time we heading back this way. Only the stupid would climb it, but we wanted to at least see it. So we booked ourselves on the train from Kyoto to Mt Fuji, for one night only, as we were struggling for time to do everything we wanted and we had not even been to Tokyo yet, we had less than a week to go before our flight to Sydney. We constantly checked the weather praying for a good day for our only day at the mountain. We stayed in a lovely hostel that was empty. We headed to the supermarket to get our lunch, the town was small and very tiny. Nobody was about and only a handful ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji August 11th 2010

I've delayed writing this post for over a year, because it took that long before I could think of this mountain without a sense of aversion and dread. Maybe I'm exaggerating, but after the experience I had I think it's safe to say this is something I will only do ONCE in my entire life. Where to start... My good friend from home was visiting and on a whim we had decided that we would hike Mt. Fuji together. We figured it would be fun, exciting, and at the very least something cool that we could do together during her stay. We went into this venture well prepared. We'd made a list of everything we would need - food, lots of water, hats, flashlights, gloves, oxygen, mitts, change of clothes, rain ponchos, emergency medical supplies, sun ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji July 7th 2010

This is the second of a three-part series on our Japan adventure. Part 1 is dedicated to highlights of our time in Tokyo and Part 3 describes our two-day trip to Hakone. After our first full day of sightseeing in Tokyo we had a satisfying dinner at a Thai restaurant. Jeff is vegetarian, and unfortunately we had problems communicating this in Japanese restaurants so far on our trip, so we went to a Thai restaurant where I could order vegetarian food in Thai for him. With our bellies full, we went to the bus station next to Shinjuku Station and got onto a bus headed to Mt Fuji's fifth station. There are a total of nine stations on the trails leading up to the summit of Mt Fuji. Most hikers take a bus to the fifth ... read more
The Cloud Cover That Foiled Our Sunrise. Boo!
Me At Summit
View From Summit

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji September 12th 2009

Fuji Hike by the Numbers: a) Elevation at summit is 3,776 m/12,388 ft. b) Yoshida Daguchi Trail vertical climb is ~3,000 m/9,800 ft. One-way distance is 19 km/12 mi. c) 38 km/24 mi over 1.5 days. 16 km/10 mi day 1. 22 km/14 mi day 2. d) 8.75 hiking hours to summit (excludes lunch and overnight at Station 7). e) 7.75 hiking hours to descend (includes 1 hr for "exploring" a side trail). f) 16.5 total hiking hours punishing my feet. As the Asia travel itinerary was and is a loosely based plan on places to visit, I knew Mt Fuji would come into play in some shape or form. After reading more about Fuji, I learned that there are a few routes in which to reach the summit. The most popular route is taking a ... read more
Entrance to Sengen Shrine.
Sengen Shrine - start of the Yoshida Daguchi Trail
Sengen Shrine main gate

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji September 3rd 2009

We are leaving Kawaguchiko station with the first bus going to Mt. Fuji 5th Station at 9:40AM. It's already quite late since the regular season is just over (ends on August 31st). For the same reason, the last bus leaves rather early too, so we cannot go up and return on the same day, which means we have to stay on the mountain. Weather and mood are good, so we start to climb up aby 11AM. The trail starts gently and there are many many mostly young Japanese people on the track. After about one hour we have a first rest, talking to some monks sitting in the morning sun and smoking cigarettes (funny, ain't it?). They have just returned from the summit, and tell me how to beath the best on the way up, proving ... read more
Monks on Mt. Fuji
Walking up the Mars

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji July 29th 2009

Ah, Mount Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan at 3776 m. One reason I decided to climb it is that one of my favourite restaurants back home is called Fujiyama. Also, after a few days of only Tokyo, I was itching to get moving. I planned it out perfectly. I would take a direct bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchi-ko fifth station, the most common starting point for the climb. I would rent a locker and deposit my stuff there. I would begin the 8 hour climb at 9:30 pm and I would arrive at the summit for sunrise the next morning. This would would enable me to skip the $65+ mountain huts. The next day I would rest and recuperate at the fifth station after the 5 hour descent. Then finally, I would catch a night ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji July 26th 2009

A wise man climbs Mt Fuji once, a fool twice Mt Fuji is one of the few mountains to have a proverb about it and it is repeated in a self-deprecating manner by those who have climbed it more than once. Self-depracation is the humour of the humourless, and generally comes across as an attempt at lame conversation. To each country its obsession and to Japan it is climbing Mt Fuji quite like avoiding all sorts of strenuous physical activity in India(self-deprecation?). Almost everybody in Japan has tried it or at least thought of trying it . I first visited the 5th station(the base point for most climbers) 4 years back and the thought of climbing it all the way to the top first crossed my mind. But the opinions about the climb have varied in ... read more
Start of the trail
Kawaguchi lake from the trail
Half way to the 6th station




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