Fujisan Trek: Ascending Trail

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Wide trail at the start. Can be shared with horses

It was a foggy Friday past noon in the ascending Yoshida trail with temperatures ranging between 10°C and 15°C and where it rained in some parts.  The hike was rather pleasant and easy. Uphill is usually undemanding for me. My backpack was small, the one used for adventure racing with just enough space for a 1.5L hydration bladder and change of clothes. I could even run up on the trail but don’t want to spoil the beauty of mountain hiking where one can take in more of the surroundings when going up (or down) than in mountain running. Running makes me focus more on my feet because of uneven terrain, else the risk of tripping when not looking down.

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A shelter for bad weather, erosion, or eruption

Loose small rocks and volcanic sand comprised the first part of the trek from the 5th station. In one segment towards the 9th station, it was stair-like, steep and rocky. The higher you go, the windier and colder it becomes. Took 4 leisurely hours with ample time to pee expensively (200 yen) and rest in shelters along the way for high altitude acclimatization until we reached our hut at the 9th station, our pit stop for the night before continuing the next day to the summit.

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To those who haven’t ‘donated’ ¥1000 yet, there’s a donation table here at the 6th station

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Hikers resting, some were eating. This is still early part of the hike

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Hikers on the trail. Using trekking poles is a good idea. See the erosion barrier on the slope?

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This plant with clusters of tiny white flowers is common in Mt Fuji

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Not too easy for those with big packs

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One of the huts along the trail

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More huts up there. Each hut somewhat serves as a hiking milestone

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Looking down this time to those huts and hikers

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Stairway on the trail

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Stairway and wire mesh baskets for soil erosion protection

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A closer look of the wire mesh baskets securing rocks and soil on the mountainside of the trail

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Sign pointing to Mt Fuji summit

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Rocks were placed on the roof of this hut to secure it from strong winds

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9th station at last…No more fog because we’re above the clouds

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