Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Mount Fuji Climbing

Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 m (12,388 feet). For many people, summer season means it is time to challenge themselves to climb Mount Fuji for whatever crazy or wild reasons they have. As for me, I love nature and I love taking photos. I don't think I need more reason to climb it.


Mount Fuji
The official climbing season for Mt. Fuji is from the beginning of July to the end of August. The Fuji's trails are divided into ten stations according to the elevation. Most people go by bus or car to the 5th station and start climbing.

Mount Fuji
We started climbing at 10PM from the 5th station. The goal was to reach station 8.5 before 4AM to see the sunrise. Didn't take any photos at night because it was too dark and I was too busy climbing, but the starry night was so amazing. The sky was clear and full of stars.

Mount Fuji
Arrived at station 8.5 before 4AM and we decided to just wait there until sunrise.

Mount Fuji
Blazing yellow sky.

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji
The sunrise was beautiful. It's just like being taken out of a picture book. Amazing !!

Mount Fuji
After enjoying the sunrise, we continued our climbing to the top of the mountain. As you can see, the terrain was just barren. No tree, no life, only volcano ashes and rocks.

Mount Fuji
Be quiet at night.

Mount Fuji
If you are following my twitter that day, you could read that you should know that I was tweeting from top of Mount Fuji. Japan's phone signal is amazing. ^^

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji
The crater. If you plan to send a postcard, there is a post office at the top of the Mount Fuji. You need to walk 20 minutes to get there from station 9th.

Mount Fuji
Without a doubt, climbing Fuji-san was an amazing experience. If you have the chance to do it, it is one of the experience not to be missed.

2 comments:

Protocol Snow said...

How long does the climb take, and do you have to be in very good shape?

dans said...

Around 8 hours, and you do not have to be in a very good shape. I saw kids and old people managed to climb to the top.

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