- September 18 2015
Great view of the morning glow! I climbed the World Heritage Fuji Mountain (Second Half)
Continued from “Amazing Sunrise! Climbed the World Heritage, Mt. Fuji”
Gravel roads after the 7.5th station. We are almost at the top!
When we passed the 7.5th station, all the plants disappeared. Volcano rocks made lots of pebbles, which created the gravel roads. This flat and dull road continues in zigzags.
When we left the 8.5th station, we suddenly experienced rain, hailstones, and a gust of wind at all once. It happened so fast that we got all wet while we were trying to take out our rain gear.
It was raining for probably 30 minutes. Afterwords it suddenly stopped, just like when it started raining, and we saw the sun coming back.
We even saw a rainbow! How lucky!
Now we were almost there.
We were a bit tired and slowed down around the 6th station, but so far the whole trip has taken about 5 hours and 40 minutes. We started climbing at 9 am and finished a little before 3 pm.
When we went through this torii (a gateway at the entrance to a Shinto shrine), we were finally at the top of the mountain!
Finally at the top! Stayed one night after Ohachi Meguri
Phew! We finally made it! I have a friend, who finished in 2 hours and a half hours, but he was practically running instead of climbing.
As we walked, we encountered a crater. In Japan, we have a practice called “ohachi meguri,” where we walk around the edge of craters to worship the mountain. We call it “ohachi meguri,” meaning “Tour of a bowl,” because the shape of the crater looks like a bowl. Try this before it gets dark as it can be a little dangerous at night.
While we were doing “ohachi meguri,” clouds appeared and we felt the chill.
The temperature quickly went down, and it was so cold. Jeez.
We changed into snowsuits, which we brought by a bulldozer from the ground.
We slept at 9 pm in the evening.
We slept only three hours last night, so we fell asleep very quickly once we get in our futon.
We didn’t wake up until the morning, which was great.
Woke up at 3 am! Finally “Goraiko!”
We woke up at a little before 3 am in the middle of the night. Once we went outside, there was not a single cloud, and it was warmer than in the evening. The temperature was 6 Celsius in the evening, and there was some wind. However, later in the night, it was 9 Celsius and there was almost no wind.
When we looked down, there was a line of headlights visible from the 8th station.
It was a little mysterious and magical scenery.
More and more people arrived at the summit, and it got packed quickly.
It was past 4 am when the sky started growing with light: time to see “Goraiko.”
The white arch shaped thing below is Yamanaka lake. We looked it up on our iPhone’s map.
Look, look! It’s here!
Ta-dah! It was amazing.
Bonus: Introducing what we ate during climbing
This time, we ate a lot. While we were climbing, after we finished climbing, and when we were at the top, we ate.
When we were at the top, we had pork soup, oshiruko (sweet red-bean soup), and curry rice. And corn soup and bread as a snack.
Of course we gained some weight when we came back...
We started going down the mountain after we saw “goraiko.” We weren’t very good at this climbing down part. Our knees were shaking, and we were almost screaming.
All and all, it took about three and a half hours for us to finish going down.
Then we went to the store at the lower station and had some beer and ice cream!
Curry when we went back to our hotel!Negitoro-don (raw tuna with green onion on white rice) at our office!
The only problem of climbing mountains is that we eat so much to replenish the energy we spend for it.