Experience of a lifetime to say the least. Started hike around 10 and was at the last station (8th?) by 1245. Didn't sleep just bought the cheapest menu item until they kicked me to the cold. Sunrise was incredible, most people were late. Try being up 30-45 before actual sunrise as the elevation and ocean makes the sunrise start way earlier than actual sunrise time. I had to run to the top from the last station so I wouldn't miss a second of it.
Night hike of Gotemba. Perfect conditions. Left a bit too early, had to wait at summit for sunrise. Sand route on way down is either not marked or has do not enter sign at it's highest point. Recommend asking but staff about where tontine it to avoid going down all the switchbacks.
Nice ascent do Fuji (after an unsucessful previous attempt late august 2015 due to heavy rain and winds). this time weather was +/- acceptable. Going very slowly in 4h up to 9th station (3418m) then next morning to the top reached at 4.40 in just 2h20. The hike is nice and technically very easy. 645.4 hpa on the top.
beautiful view on crater from Kengamine (highest point), still some snow Inside the crater.
An easy hike. Me and my friends reached the summit on the 12th but the weather was bad - rainy and foggy and we decided to sleep in one of the huts and go to the highest point on next morning.
I had a blast climbing Fuji through the night: calm and peaceful, without the hordes of the day, Milky Way ablaze. I was hoping to climb slowly and nap outside in order to summit at sunrise, but it was too cold out to bivy so I broke down and spent the $55 to sleep at the 8th station for a few hours.
I started hike from the 5th station at 5 PM and arrived at the 8.5 station at 8 PM. After about 2 hours of sleep I joined the hordes on the remaining hike to the summit at 3:30 AM. It was only about an hour to the summit where hundreds of people (mostly Japanese) gathered for the sunrise. Clouds obscured most of the views unfortunately. I made the short walk over to the true summit and was back down at the trailhead by 9 AM.
Me and my girlfriend Åsa wanted to experience a quiet Mount Fuji far away from the crowds we had heard of. Therefore we climbed it before the season started. For a proper acclimatization we camped two nights on the mountain. We started out from the town of Fujisan and took a taxi to the Yoshida trailhead. After a night in the lush Yoshida forrest, close to the 5th. station, we continued up until above the 9th station at around 3.500m where we pitched our tent on a little outcrop beside the trail. From there it was a short hike up to the summit and we enjoyed a beautiful sunrise all alone on the mountain. Although there was lots of snow and some part of the trail was icy. The true summit, Kengamine, was hidden in thick fog but we finally found it when walking around the crater ridge. It was marvellous when suddenly the fog lifted and we were blessed with sun and blue skies.
One note for off-season climbers though: Be sure to bring enough water as all huts are closed.
Met my friend Jim Lundgren and his daughter Ashley from Moscow, Idaho to hike up Fuji. We arrived at the mountain about 7pm on Saturday, August 25th after four hours in trains/bus from Tokyo. After climbing for awhile at a healthy pace we realized we needed to slow way down, taking long stops at the various stations, to arrive at the top for sunrise (We didn't want to be exposed at the top for several hours waiting). Met people from USA, Europe, Australia and Asia. I was surprised at the number of people who smoked during rest stops! Trail was somewhat steeper than I expected. We got to the top just after sunrise at 6am. Visibility was pretty poor - it is more days than not I'm told. Descending trail was in great shape and we got down pretty fast.
Anchorage, Alaska USA
Took the Yoshida trail, starting at daylight. Really enjoyed the trek up, stopping at the huts (which were starting to close up, or make preps for it), trying to converse with locals, getting the "touristic" walking stick stamped, everything. The views at the summit were muted because of the clouds sitting at about 9k ft. However, the weather was fantastic, completely sunny above the cloud ceiling, a bit of a brisk wind, but overall very lucky. Not too bad with crowds going up, but passed quite a bit heading down that afternoon. The 5th station was a mad house at the base when I returned, however. Get in your bus line early, as they fill up quick, and are in short order this time of year.
Wanted to hike Fujinomiya originally but the weather and timing didn't match up, so I elected to try for the Yoshidaguchi trail.
Started walking from the Fujisan train station and arrived at the Sengen Shine around 4pm for the official start of the hike. The lower stations were great but hiking at night there was not too much to see. The train of people and the desolate landscape after the 6th was a bit depressing. Altitude sickness kicked in pretty bad near the top and I slowed to a crawl. Summit at 5:30am, just after sunrise. Terribly boring descent and bused out slightly disappointed but proud.
Winter season solo ascent. Second weekend in a row to make the climb - Weekend prior had to turn at station 8 because of wind conditions over 110km/h that would not let up. Yesterday was successful.
Yesterdays conditions in terms of wind was much better but temperatures were below -15c before taking wind chill into consideration which showed temps of 35c. Lots of hard snow/ice above station 8. Knowing how to self arrest is crucial. It was more challenging than I expected.
Done in a 24hr period.
Climbed Fuji-Chan via the Gotemba Route with one experienced Mountaineer and 2 inexperienced hikers (all Japanese). Left at 7PM to hike under a full moon in hopes to reach the summit by sunrise. Unfortunately, I was the only person in our party that was able to summit to watch the sunrise. We were on the trail for 18 hours total due to the inexperienced hikers needing lots of rest stops. Super fun, although somewhat of a long slog...
Climbed with Sayuri
This is one of the most rewarding hike if done off season and without the crowds. Did it as a day trip from Tokyo.
The trail to the summit is very crowded during the August season, and the summit is full of tourist. However the view is amazing and the acces to the mountain is very easy. Would like to try a winter ascent.
One day climb during the first week of September 2008. I remember the weather was terrible at the summit with little viability and temperature at approx -10C. Regardless of the conditions, lots of people and even some young children were attempting to summit.
Might try again for a winter summit.
Just for clarification on my previous post. There are lockers available at the Kawaguchiko train/bus station in town, that will accomodate typical "carry-on" type luggage.
If you are planning on doing a day hike at Mt Fuji and are departing from Kawaguchiko Station, they have lockers that are large enough to fit a typical black square roller type carry-on luggage.
Off season solo ascent in perfect conditions, plenty of snow, cold but calm and clear conditions.
Up in cool and rainy weather, down in sunny weather via the Sunabashiri sand slide, which was very cool.