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Toilet Coin Bottle

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Toilets are available at the huts along the Yoshida trail of Mount Fuji where each usage is understandably expensive at 200 yen. The higher you go, the higher the ‘donation’, and so it’s 300 yen at the summit. Some toilets have high tech vending machine like repository for coins, but a couple, or three of them use repurposed plastic bottle as receptacle for dropping in at least two 100 yen coins.

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Fujisan Trek: Descending Trail

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The descending trail is mostly volcanic soil

While it was easy climbing up, going down was taxing to my toes and legs. Had to use my leg muscles for braking most of the time or else I would feel like I’ll lose my footing on the steep slope. I guess it was mostly psychological. The Yoshida descending route is different from the ascending one, tiring but the view was better.

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Descending can be slippery

At past 8 AM, it was hot that I was down to my shirt and pants though I’ve put on REI gaiters to keep the volcanic soil from entering my trail running shoes. The trail is mostly loose volcanic soil with no huts along the route and with occasional mountain crawler encounter. Thoughts of coming back and bringing my daughter to this volcano were on my mind while descending because really, the trek was such a beautiful experience.

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The view of the clouds below

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One of the trail markers along Yoshida descending trail

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Hikers descending and resting

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Trail marker

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If that little girl can hike Mt Fuji, then so can you

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An emergency shelter for bad weather or eruption

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Trail marker. Still a long way to go down

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I imagine it would be fun and scary to just slide all the way down

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The sparse vegetation up there

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Finally reaching the 5th station

Fujisan Trek: At 3776 Meters

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Sitting at Mount Fuji’s summit

Our very slow dark hike from the 9th station hut towards Mount Fuji summit started around 2:30 AM, more than enough time to be there just before sunrise. It was slow-moving because of the long single file of hundreds (perhaps thousands) of hikers going up. A modern pilgrimage of sun-worshippers. The slowness didn’t bother me, in fact it was truly an experience to witness so many Japanese people climbing the mountain they consider sacred, and then to wait patiently in the cold for the sunrise – their goal.

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Japan’s rising sun

After the heartfelt rising of the sun moment, one can walk around and see very clearly at daylight the crater of this active volcano, plus the heavenly ‘above the clouds’ view at 3,776 meter altitude. Ha! I’ll never forget Mount Fuji’s altitude number because one shop in Kawaguchiko sells this Mount Fuji t-shirt with 3776 visibly printed in front, though it’s not because of this, the fact that it cost 3,776 yen stamped the number on my mind like the stamping of climbing sticks.

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Suspense before the sunrise

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Sun worshippers

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Plenty of hikers

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Where one can buy hot beverage while waiting for the sunrise

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Vending machine at the summit — only in Japan

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Shelter at the summit where one can sit to defrost but you must buy hot meal such as curry rice or ramen

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Beyond those ropes in the crater of Mount Fuji

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Another snapshot of the crater yonder

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Torii gate just before entering the temple at the summit

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Having my stick (1/3 size of the climbing stick) stamped at the temple in the summit for sentimental purposes

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