Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Climbing Mount Fuji

Climbing Mount Fuji is really only possible during July and August when the weather is suitable. A group of fellow Fulbrighters and I were up for the challenged and booked our bus tickets to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji for the last weekend in July!

We took a bus out of Tokyo around 9pm- enough time to allow for the 2 hour bus ride, and plenty of time to climb to the summit for sunrise! The bus was sold out weeks in advance!

Gym shorts over tights is the dress code.

The climb was way more difficult than any of us anticipated! Climbing uphill over rocks and other obstacles overnight in the dark with only the glow of a flashlight was tough!

Unfortunately, our hopes of seeing the sunrise from the peak were quickly squashed by a thick layer of stubborn fog. Instead of the sun, we were rewarded with an otherworldly blue fog that made the mountain side seem like another planet.

There was a single file line during the last 500 or so meters that made the climb to the top a bit more difficult.

The final 200 meters really seemed like a lot longer.

The final tori gate at the top!!

Within about twenty minutes into the descent, the fog cleared and revealed some incredible views...

No comments:

Post a Comment