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great trail! great views!

hiking
27 days ago

It was very very worth!!

hiking
1 month ago

Good morning,Fuji In my opinion, I believe It’s the best to see Mount Fuji in early spring. Because there are a lot of snow on the top and clear sky. I went up the Mount Mitsutoge 三つ峠山 It’s one of the best view places to see the Mount Fuji. It takes about 6 hours to walk and back. Please try it.

hiking
1 month ago

The clouds which is spread out like the sea. However this mountain is looking down on the clouds.

on Mount Mitsutoge

hiking
1 month ago

Quite a nice trail with a good mixture of steep and flat parts. Not many good viewpoints along the way, though. The top of Mt. Mitsutoge gives a great view of Mt. Fuji and the surrounding lakes. Unfortunately we only got to see clouds.

running
1 month ago

The observation deck of Mt. Fuji and Chureito Pagoda was phenomenal, especially at sunrise! Once I got all the way to the summit though, I wasn't able to find a lookout point, just surrounded by trees. When I got back to the bottom though I found a sign that had the whole path laid out and explicitly stated that there is a view point at the top, so I recommend checking that out. Hope you're luckier than I!

I cut the corner over the bridge, great views from here of Mt Fuji

hiking
2 months ago

loved this trail. Steady climb with some challenging parts. changed my end to end at the expressway bus terminal.

I did the night hike years ago and it’s still one of the most memorable hikes I have ever done. Fortunately we had beautiful weather and a lovely sunrise. A notable portion of the ascending trail consisted of endless steep switchbacks. Lots of lose rocks on the descending trail. It was cold and windy near the summit so bring warm layers and rain gear. The 5th station has a shop with supplies for the climb. There are little huts along the entire way up and at the summit to get a hot drink/snacks. We arrived at the 5th station and started hiking around 11pm ( arrived at Subaru 5th station via bus from Shinjuku) and were able to finally summit around sunrise due to heavy traffic/congestion getting up the last station. This included a couple short stops to have tea. Even the congestion I would estimate it should 5-6 hours up and 3ish down. Coming from sea level, I definitely felt the altitude. Absolutely amazing in normal weather...I don’t recommend doing this hike if the weather or visibility is expected to be poor; it will be miserable on the climb and then you won’t even get the view as a reward (but you can still visit the crater).

This is the first hike I’ve done to higher elevation and I felt it. Above 9000 your body tells you to take small intentional steps and conserve energy as much as possible. Apart from feeling a lack of oxygen when you take a deep breath my body didn’t exhibit any other effects from the altitude. Although I hiked alone a few people I met at the base camp had to turn back because they started to feel sick. I can definitely appreciate why this is a Difficult rated hike, it’s 4 hrs of nonstop vertical climbing with the altitude, rough terrain and wind making it that bit more difficult. Took me 4 hrs up, (Subaru 5th station to the Summit) 2.5hrs down- with a quick 20 min got lost detour, I left at 5 am. The mountain was “closed” but I applied for a winter hiking permit at the info desk at the Subaru 5th station. The people there in-courage you not to climb. I can see the logic if you are not prepared, not fit or if something small happens none of the cabins are open to seek help. It was a nice hike. At 10,000+ you are well above the clouds and this is a surreal feeling. At the top it was a bit unremarkable, the ash does not encourage any wildlife or any type of vegetation growth. I came up the Ysodia trail. The wind was gusting 60+mph at the top making it quiet cold. I did not go over to the side with the elevation marker which is a little bit of a regret as I missed this photo opportunity. At the top the wind was blowing around the ash so I chose to get out of dodge instead. So in summary, this was a rewarding,challenging hike. Make sure your equipped for the drop in temp, possible rain and intense wind. On the way down you follow a ash/gravel steep declining bulldozed track. It would be highly recommended to have trekking poles as your feet often slide from under you on the loose ash.

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rocky
2 months ago

An experience of a lifetime. I hiked to the summit from the Subaru Line 5th Station at 7.5k ft in about 4.5 hours. Even with poor weather toward the summit the views were amazing.Several people on my hiking bus did not summit due to altitude sickness and/or poor physical fitness. If you plan on doing his hike start hydrating a few days out, get sleep, minimize caffeine, and avoid alcohol. Wear boots with ankle support and consider trekking poles or a walking stick for the way down. Checkout my video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0tZLnatQSbs

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rocky
2 months ago

(Sept 3-4) We did it! My oldest daughter and I hiked to the summit of Mt Fuji (12,388’). We persevered the steep rocky inclines, and the human traffic to reach the summit. . We started at 1:00pm at Station 5 and hiked 5.2 hrs up to Fujisan Hotel (11,154’), the original 8th station. We woke at 2:00am to hike another 2hrs to the summit (12,388’) to view the sunrise. Fortunately we started early due to the large number of people making the trek. It was a slow moving queue, like rush hour traffic on the freeway. Once on top we were met with wind, clouds and misting rain. Strong wind periodically cleared openings in the clouds to provide gorgeous views of the sunrise. The descending route is a steep tractor path covered with loose red lava gravel. It was slippery, but it was much easier and faster than the ascending route. We returned to the 5th station in 2.5 hrs. This was a strenuous hike even for a 61 yo, but I’m glad to have shared the experience with my daughter

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closed
washed out
2 months ago

How can I even start this review? I’m in the navy and I did a guided MWR tour. Got to Subaru line early because supposedly a typhoon was rolling in (July 28). Our guides talked to the mountain guides when we arrived to discuss whether or not we could do it. It was pouring rain, windy, foggy, just not what I had in mind for Fuji. I wanted to see the views. The decided to go, so up we went. Let me just say, that this was singlehandedly the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. The first set of switchbacks were hard but manageable albeit in the horrible weather. After you get to the 6th station, the switchbacks to turn sheer rock, and it’s excruciating. We trekked all the way up to the original 8th station, the weather getting worse. We were told that the summit was too dangerous and had to turn around. I was so devastated. The trek down was faster, but more painful. My advice is if you’re gonna do fuji, make sure you have great weather! Gonna do this again in my lifetime!

It was a buitiful loope hike from Fuji-Subaru Line 5th Station. Staying overnight at 8th Station. Starting "day 2" at 2:30 am in due time to reach the summit on due time for watching an amazing sunrise.

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blowdown
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

I would highly recommend this trail, be cautious of extreme wind gusts, and lava dust, eye protection, and gloves a must.

Climbed Yoshida route on August 16. 4.5 hours to the Hakuunso hut on 8th station, spent a night there and another 2.5 hours to the summit (left the hut around 5am). Did “ohachi meguri” (loop hike around the crater at the summit) that took for couple of hours, and another 4 hours to descent. As many as 13 or so huts are selling warm coffee etc during ascent but don’t plan on it for descent. Wonderful view from anywhere passed 8th station.

Did a guided climb (MWR Atsugi) yesterday 24 Aug. Hike was 5th station to summit. Loved the climb and it was more challenging than I thought because of the elevation. My recommendation is to go as light as possible, and take trekking poles for the decent. The decent trail is like skidding down on moon dust with rocks. I did not have gaiters and dreadfully regretted not taking any. Got started at about 0700, summit at 1430, back at 5th station 1830. I want to come back for the sunrise hike another day.

If you wanna go the extra mile(s) instead of starting at 5th Station, then this is the trail for you. It is incomparable, and this particular route adds a nice gentle uphill climb through the woods. I feel a profound sense of accomplishment. And if you’re crazy like me, start all the way back from HOSHINOYA Fuji on the north side of Lake Kawaguchiko for an absolutely epic hike.

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no shade
rocky
4 months ago

Enjoyed the summit and all of the views, still was pretty crowded and not the most "cozy" because camping in tents is not allowed. Many people wear sneakers and run this trail because after doing it about five times it's very predictable-- dont be like them -- I would still wear boots after summiting 100 times, those volcanic rocks are just too annoying on the way down and gaiters are something that I highly recommend if you go when it's crowded. There is water on the trail but if you ever need to buy some from there, then you didn't prepare well. It takes common sense and preparation to climb Mt. Fuji once, and an idiot to climb it twice.

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rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

This was horrendous. Admittedly we bullet climbed it with no accommodation though - We started at the Shrine at 2.30pm which was pretty (although soon need to be on look out for bears once outside the shrine) but I wouldn’t wish this hike on an enemy. For a start, we seemed to be the only ones stupid enough to start from the shrine, so it was 18 miles in total, we finished at 9.30am the second day. When we got to 8th station we shuffled in line for about 2 hrs to get to the summit, this was on a Tuesday at about 2am, so only had 45 minutes until sunrise! The sunrise was incredible though but didn’t make up for the awful descent - dusty, never ending switchbacks, tons of people. Truly a hateful experience, save your effort for something more enjoyable.

The ascend was much easier than the descend. If going in July, still prepare for cold weather.

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