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Mt. Fuji Hike (Day2-08Aug2013)

Day 2 of Mt. Fuji Hike
Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san, 富士山): 3,776 meters, Yamanashi, Shizuoka prefecture

Hiking (Day 2)

Continued from Day1 of Mt. Fuji Hike.
We stayed at a hut on the 8th station. My daughter looked tired yesterday so I went to sleep early but I do not know if she sleep deeply. It was a mountain hut at the 8th station of Mt. Fuji. Many hikers arrived at midnight and many left the hut in very early morning to see sunrise from the peak. It was a noisy night for me.

With flying feet

My daughter woke up early this morning.
“Do you wanna she sunrise?”
“Why not?”
I made her dress warmly quickly and went outside. There were many people outside the hut. It was cold even in August. We had to wait more than 10 minutes although we felt the cold very much.

sunrise from the 8th station
Sunrise from the 8th station
The rising sun flushed Mt. Fuji.
The rising sun flushed Mt. Fuji.

We left the hut before 6:00 in the morning. We saw many people walking toward the higher place. In less than two hours, we would arrive at Kusushi Shrine, the goal of Subashiri Route.

almost the peak of Mt. Fuji
Many people walking toward the higher place
My daughter looked tired
It seemed my daughter’s legs were leaden from fatigue.

It seemed my daughter’s legs were leaden from fatigue. She walked with frequent stops to rest.
“Keep trying!”
“I know”
I thought she was walking very slowly and stopped frequently. Then, I noticed. I saw the same parties on the way to the peak such as; two Japanese young men carrying an oxygen gas can, a family of four from outside Japan. We passed each other repeatedly. I noticed my daughter walked hard.

Shops on the mountaintop area
We could see shops on the mountaintop area. It’s almost there.
at Kushshi Shrine on the peak of Mt. Fuji
at Kushshi Shrine on the peak of Mt. Fuji

We finally arrived at the peak of Mt. Fuji. It took 100 minutes from the hut while estimated time according to guide book was 90 minutes.
“Dad, where is the post office?”
There was a post office on the top of Mt. Fuji. It opened only in summer hiking season. My daughter brought post cards to grandparents and a kindergarten teacher.
“The post office is 20 minutes walk from here.”
“No way.”
She did not want to walk anymore. I wandered if I could persuaded her to walk to Kengamine peak, the highest point of Mt. Fuji

Ohachimeguri route
a path for Ohachimeguri
Kengamine peak
kengamine peak
Explosion crater of Mt. Fuji
Explosion crater of Mt. Fuji
post office on the top of Mt. Fuji
post office on the top of Mt. Fuji

“Well, now you look all right for the time being by posting the cards. But, we will head to the highest point.”
“No! I’m tired of it. I don’t wanna go up any more!”
She was just too tired. I knew it. However, I also thought my daughter would regret strongly if we went down without stepping the highest point. I did not want to climb Mt. Fuji again just for the highest point.

the steepest slope of the Mt. Fuji hike
I felt the slope to the highest point, Kengamine peak, was the steepest of this Mt. Fuji Hike.
Kengamine peak at 3,776 meters high
Kengamine peak

I took a long break on the way to the starting point of descent route. I thought she got a sense of satisfaction.
The descent route was called as ‘Sunabashiri’. Sands was like snow. Although many hikers looked feeling windy, my daughter and I went down With flying feet.
“It is so much fun, daddy.”
Thanks to her effort, we caught an earlier bus at Subashiri-guchi and had a time to take a bath in Gotenba before we got home.

Route & Time

Hike date: August 8, 2013
Members: Family (farther and 5-year-old daughter)
Course time:
5:53 mountain hut (Edoya) – 6:57 9th station – 7:33 Kusushi Shrine 7:45 – 8:08 post office – 8:40 kengamine – (long break) – 9:45 entrance of descent route – 11:52 subashuru-guchi [5 hours and 59 minutes]

many people at 8th station
[5] It becomes crowded there because Subashiri Route and Yoshida Route join at the 8th station.
'torii' of Kusushi  Shrine
[6] This is a torii of Kusushi Shrine; meaning it is the mountaintop of Mt. Fuji.
many shops on the mountaintop
[7] There are many shops. There are something that you can get only here, I think.
Kengamine peak
[8] The highest point, Kengamune. It is 50-60 minutes away from Kushshi Shrine.
don't miss
[9] Edoya is a landmark of the branch of descent routes (to Yoshida0guchi and to Subashiri-guchi). Don’t chose the wrong route.
[10] ‘Sunabashiri’

Access using public transportation

How we get to Subashiriguchi for this Mt. Fuji hike.

Area Information

Hot bath after hiking

hot bath - image

400 yen/adult
TEL: 0550-83-7337
5 minutes walk
from JR Gotenba Station



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