Climbing Mt. FujiTokyo, Fall 2010 - Language Intensive
After months of planning, I was finally on my adventure to the top of Mt. Fuji (Fujisan). Unfortunately for me the last bus to head to Fujisan was at 9:40 in the morning. So me and my friend, Henry, woke up early to get to Shinjuku bus terminal in time to make that bus. Now you may be saying “but 9:40 AM is early”, but our plan was to see the sunrise. That meant that we had to wait at Fujisan’s 5th station until about 10 at night so that we could get to the top in time to see the sunrise.
On the way there we met some amazing people from Germany and a man from West Virginia who also had the same plan as us and we decided to stick together. The weather was clear and windy but the temperature at the top of the mountain was around 30 degrees Fahrenheit without the wind as a factor. After about 7 hours of climbing we got to the top of the mountain and waited 30 minutes to see the sun rise. Those 30 minutes were some of the coldest that I have ever experienced, and I am from Minnesota!
After the sunrise we walked around the crater and got to the true summit of Fujisan at 3776.6 Meters (12,388 ft). We hiked down afterwards at 6 in the morning (we had not slept in 24 hours at that point) and made it back to the station at about 11:30. We waited for the bus to come and pick us up and then slept the entire bus ride back.
Overall the experience was amazing but as the old japanese saying goes “you are a fool if you have not climbed Fujisan, and an even bigger fool if you climb it more than once” I think one time is good enough.
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