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waltraudDate Climbed: September 1993  Sucess!

waltraud

What a great experience. Made it to the summit in time for sunrise
Posted Feb 14, 2006 8:58 pm

das1310Route Climbed: Don't remember Date Climbed: September 1992  Sucess!
Did a 6 month tour in Japan, and did the climb on a saturday morning. Great views when finally above the clouds.
Posted Jan 11, 2006 11:56 am

hmronnowRoute Climbed: Kawaguchiko (from Lake Kawaguchiko) Date Climbed: July 2nd 2005  Sucess!

hmronnow

Had only one day to spend on hiking Fuji, and reached the summit within 12 hours of landing in Tokyo. I took regular trains and started hiking from Lake Kawaguchiko, which is at ~800m. (The fifth station, from where 97% start is at 2300m - halfway up the 3800m mountain.) The lower part is quite nice through slightly mysty forrest, had noodles in a small joint at the 1st station. Hiking/running from the lake took about 6 hours (the last 1h20 with cramps in both quads), summiting at sunset. Sleeping outside was very cold, but the sun-rise well worth waiting for. Going down, at 5th station, a taxi arrived with two hikers, wanted some silly 10kyen for taking me back to the train station, but then realised he had to drive down anyway, and took me down for 540yen.
Posted Oct 31, 2005 4:44 am

Nyle WaltonRoute Climbed: From Gotemba Railway Station.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 1961

Nyle Walton

Philip Michael DeSemlyen and I detrained in Gotemba on our way from Kyoto to Tokyo, the last leg of our journey across Asia from Istanbul. I recall that we took a bus from the railway station to a point well up on the mountain and proceeded to climb all night to reach the crater at dawn where we observed the sunrise along with a horde of white-clad Japanese. Through the morning we circumvented the crater, pausing only to investigate a number of souvenir stands and tea houses. We then descended in long sandy strides back down to the road and Gotemba and caught a train to Tokyo where I remained for two years, teaching English to make a comfortable living while eating sushi, drinking beer and playing pachinko. All these activities were inexpensive back then for the almighty gaijin in the two decades before the 1970s when the dollar dropped and life for the gaijin in Japan became prohibitively expensive.
Posted Aug 20, 2005 11:29 am

BobkylakaRoute Climbed: Kawaguchiko - Gogome Date Climbed: 14 July 2005  Sucess!
Excellent climb. Started out from 5th Station at 11:30am, in mild conditions. However, temperature dropped about 30 degrees F between 8th Station and summit - went from synthetic Tshirt to sweatshirt and jacket in the last hour and was still cold at the top! Unfortunately, summit was very cloudy (2:30pm) - couldn't even see into the crater... but, had good views during the ascent and descent. Path down allows for very rapid descent and easy on the knees - but requires you stop and empty your shoes 3-4 times. Roundtrip took just under 5 hours - in time to wash up and catch the 5pm bus out.



Was expecting hundreds of people, but I'd estimate a max of 50 climbers on the mountain that afternoon - most on the lower half.
Posted Jul 20, 2005 1:56 pm

bbirtleRoute Climbed: From Kawaguchi-ko Gogome Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2002

bbirtle

Unfortunately had to turn back at around hachi-ten-go-gome ("8.5 station") to make sure to catch the last bus back, as no mountain huts are open this time of year and we didn't have bivy gear.



Fuji-san is definitely possible in winter and spring, but you do need crampons and an ice ax. Not too steep, no need for belays -- I'd rate it F+ on the French grading system.
Posted Jul 7, 2005 1:25 pm

bbirtleRoute Climbed: Direct from Kawaguchi-ko train station to the summit Date Climbed: May 4, 2002

bbirtle

Interesting experience, unfortunately did not reach the summit. Took the last train from Tokyo to arrive late Friday night. Hiked straight from the train station, through town, and after a long time reached a parking lot at ichi-gome ("first station" - you usually *start* at the go-gome ("fifth station")!!). Kept going, and finally laid down the sleeping back in an old deserted shrine building at I think around san-gome ( "third station").



Early morning but not early enough -- reached up to hachi-ten-go-gome ("8.5 station") and had to turn back because otherwise would have meant missing the last bus back to Tokyo. Unfortunately, as weather was great and I was feeling perfectly fine.



For anyone wanting to do this route, it's 2700 vertical meters (8500ft) gain from town to 8.5 gome, a little more to the summit!
Posted Jul 7, 2005 1:23 pm

bbirtleRoute Climbed: From Kawaguchi-ko Go-gome Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2000  Sucess!

bbirtle

Completely different experience than the summer and thank god for that. No huts open. Only a couple dozen on the route. Really peaceful. Lots of little toris (Shinto wooden gates) and shrines along the way. Quite cold, but really not a problem. Don't listen to anybody that tells you "the mountain is closed" -- you can climb Fuji all year round. Just mind the bus schedules.
Posted Jul 7, 2005 1:15 pm

ahaassRoute Climbed: Stage 5 to summit from south Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!

ahaass

Cool experience! Gotta do it! Take a jacket.
Posted Feb 19, 2005 9:42 pm

wwellsRoute Climbed: Kawaguchiko Date Climbed: Mid-July, 2001  Sucess!

wwells

The most culturally iconic climb I will ever do. After taking an early evening bus from Shinjuku in Tokyo, we left Kawaguchiko 5th station at about 9:45 p.m. Arrived at the summit around 4:15 a.m. in time for an unforgettable sunrise. Call me a fool, but I'll do Fuji-san again.
Posted Feb 4, 2005 11:21 pm

BryowanRoute Climbed: Kawaguchiko and Gotemba Date Climbed: September 2004  Sucess!
My eighth and possibly last ascent of Fuji-san. Three in the summer of 2004, and once each in Nov. '03, April '02, May '01, Sept. '96 and Aug. '96. I've been hiking in the area many times but was never able to climb from Sengen Shrine. Someday I would love to complete the beautiful old approach route through the forest from Fujiyoshida.
Posted Jan 20, 2005 12:48 am

maxczRoute Climbed: Normal Ascend Date Climbed: Aug 1990  Sucess!
Climbed Fuji during the Obon vacation, hence the mountain was unbelievably crowded. Set out at 10 pm from the bus stop, and managed to overtake most of the crowds on the way up. The last hour I was practically on my own until the top, which I reached at 2am in the morning. After 2 hours sleep in the (expensive) refuge on the top I woke up to a spectacular, memorable sunrise.
Posted Nov 14, 2004 1:52 pm

Hector Garcia HeviaRoute Climbed: Kawaguchi-ko Date Climbed: September 11th, 2004  Sucess!

Hector Garcia Hevia

Went to Japan for a short work trip, so no much time to spare. I took the 08:45 bus from Shinjuku station, arrived at 11:15 at the 5th station and made it to the summit in just under 3 hours. Sliding down took roughly one hour, to make just in time for the last bus to Tokyo. Weather was quite good, with a sea of clouds around 2500 meters. Most of the huts were closing for the season, and some were selling out the drinks for 200 yen, instead of the regular 500.
Posted Sep 23, 2004 1:10 pm

telesis1Route Climbed: from Kawaguchi-ko Date Climbed: August 7, 1999  Sucess!
A mid-August storm hit, preventing the promised sunrise views. The all-night ascent just wasn't worth it, as I never got to see the mountain nor the surrounding vistas--between the stormy darkness and the morning fog!
Posted Jul 21, 2004 9:52 pm

2hansenRoute Climbed: Ascend from tourist station, Descend along tractor track (due to very bad weather) Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!

2hansen

Climbed in fine weather, slept in cabin near summit, next day very bad weather with heavy rain and no visibility. Next day again mountain could be viewed from Tokyo!
Posted Jul 7, 2004 10:48 am

jstanleyRoute Climbed: normal Date Climbed: 4 July 1959  Sucess!

jstanley

I climbed this as a boy with my parents. The last two thousand feet was all snow. We circumnavigated the crater, briefly getting lost in the mist, and doing a loop interior loop.
Posted Apr 19, 2004 9:07 am

roadsidefireRoute Climbed: Tourist route Date Climbed: June xx, 2002  Sucess!

roadsidefire

Followed tourist route suggested by Lonely Planet. Raining and lot of elderly tourist. Quite pleasant on the way down.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 3:48 am

neocrashRoute Climbed: normal route via subaru line road. Date Climbed: Oct 2 2003  Sucess!

neocrash

It may have been clear. but it was frezzing! with the wind blowing you off the your feet, almost made me turn around. but I'm glad I didn't, what a view from the top. and the best part about climbing this mountian in the off season, was that we had it almost to ourselves.
Posted Dec 14, 2003 11:56 pm

DebRoute Climbed: no route Date Climbed: 12 May 2003

Deb

Hey, John you got the date wrong, remember I left Japan on 14 May? Too foggy and tons of snow, nevermind we didn't have the time to go for the summit but we stood on the darn thing anyway!
Posted Dec 9, 2003 9:54 pm

RockopotamusDate Climbed: 16 April 2003

Rockopotamus

Pulled into Japan for a short port visit and only had a few hours to spend on the mountain. It was the wrong time of the year, but did get so good photos. Maybe next deployment!
Posted Sep 25, 2003 9:56 pm

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