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Christmas Day Sunset

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Sunset on a Christmas Day as seen from Namsan, Seoul

Mount Fuji Toilet Signs

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The phone can wait

A toilet in the mountain is like a bottomless hole, that deep I presume. What goes in is impossible to retrieve. You’ve been warned by means of a sign. Almost all toilets have no sink in order to conserve water. One needs to use the hand sanitizer (if provided by your hut) instead. No faucet showering, and no tooth brushing, even if you’ve booked a hut. Awareness have been made possible through these toilets signs, including their hope that you’ll safely climb Mount Fuji.

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Conserve water in the mountain

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Have a safe climb, says the toilet

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Unexpected freebie since everything is costly up there

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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Picture Trail Sign

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Though I couldn’t read the written characters, it is very clear from the picture sign that one should not enter this particular trail in Mount Fuji. Pictures signs are universal, and in Japan they are widely use.

Arakurayama Jaunt

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Ascending and the trail is still a bit wide from here

I was thinking that if my legs were mildly sore from the Mount Fuji trek, then perhaps a short hike to the top of Mount Arakura (Arakurayama) the following day might be soothing, plus I get to see Fujiyoshida City from above.

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At the goten, I was on a supposed to be a good spot to have a pleasurable view of Mount Fuji from afar. But since it’s summer, Fujisan is hardly visible due to the haze, but since it’s summer then it’s a good time to climb Mount Fuji instead, which I did.

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The top of Mount Arakura

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Hanging gong

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Hammer to strike the suspended gong

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Sign at the goten (viewing spot)

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Fujiyoshida City on a plateau as seen from the goten

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Another view from the goten

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Almost at the end of the descent

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