Mt. Fuji (#32 of the 100 famous mountains in Japan)
What is one hundred mountains in Japan?: http://beauty-of-japan.com/article/japan-one-hundred-best-mountains/
The route described here is from the Kawaguchi-ko (north) side of the mountain, beginning at Kawaguchi-ko-guchi at go-gome (Kawaguchi-ko Fifth Station), joining the Yoshida track to the top, making a circuit of the crater, and then descending to Gotemba guchi Shin-go-gome (Gotemba New Fifth Station) on the opposite side of the crater by a variant of the Gotemba track known as the suna-bashiri (sand slide). Be careful not to confuse the Gotemba Shin-go-gome suna-bashiri track with the Subashiri-guchi Shin-go-gome (Subashiri New Fifth Station) track. The latter is a trail that leads off the Yoshida track from its Eighth Station. Both of these tracks lead to bus stops that take you to the town of Gotemba, but the real sand slide is to the Gotemba-guchi Shin-go-gome. It is equally possible to go up and down the same route but transport to the Kawaguchi-ko starting-point is easiest and the run down the Gotemba Suna-bashiri is great fun, making an excellent combination.
Be aware that each traditional route for climbing the mountain has an ascending track and descending track, as the most notorious accidents on the mountain are injuries resulting from falling rocks dislodged by hikers above.
There is a chain of huts up the mountain, which will provide you with a cramped sleep on a futon should you feel the need.An overnight stay will cost ¥5000 to ¥6000 and use of toilet is ¥200. Meals are extra. Bookings are not necessary. As long as you order something to eat you are welcome to rest out of the cold. A bowl of noodles halfway up may be enough to get you enused again. Most of the huts have toilets for customers' use only. The huts are easy to find even in complete whiteout conditions - the sound of the generators comes into hearing range just as the smell of their toilets reaches you. All the huts basically operate 24 hours per day, but they ask for quiet from customers and passing hikers during the night as guests are sleeping inside. Drinking water is sold at most of the huts. There are also huts on the top selling souvenir paraphernalia.
- Kitayama Fujinomiya, Shizuoka
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