I’ve finally been at the top of Japan, at the top of 富士山 (Fuji-san, Mt. Fuji) about 3770 meters above the sea. A worthy end (almost) for my eleven month stay in Japan.
We went on the bus at around half past five and then had a two hour ride to the fifth station on Mt. Fuji, which is located about 2600 meters above sea level. We walked around the area and bought provisions for the climb and had some dinner before departing at half past eight. Mt. Fuji has a number of climbing trails to the top and when we climbed up we had chosen a longer but not so hard route. A lot of gravel roads and stair-like constructions but during one part in the middle it was mostly rock-climbing.
When we left it was already dark and after climbing for maybe one and a half, two hours we could see the most amazing night sky. You can’t see that many stars in Tokyo.
We had has a goal to reach the top of the mountain so we could see the sunrise from there but we didn’t reach it in time, we took a bit too many rests on the way. Instead we saw parts of it (it was kind of cloudy down there) at the 8.5th station, at 3450 meters altitude. Absolutely amazing.