My number 1 of my bucket list was to reach the top of the highest mountain in Japan -volcano-Fuji, which measures a staggering 3776 m. Japan is called the Land of the Rising Sun and exactly due to the beautiful Mount Fuji. Tradition is a matter of fact start climbing late at night to catch the sunrise. And that’s exactly what we did and my number one is not on my bucket list anymore cause I went there last year when I spent 2 months in amazing Tokyo.
Our adventure started at 4:30pm by leaving the bus from Shinjuku station in Japan. After almost 3 hours, transported us to the fifth station from where we were ready to start out jurney to the top of Fuji. Since sunrise was about 5:35am and the journey to the top takes about 7 hours, we still had some time so we were having some snacks in the local overpriced cafeteria and bought the last pieces of equipment (gloves, stick, scarf.). When we left the Tokyo was about 26 degrees but when we got off the bus in the mountains was already around 15. We started to hike around 9:30pm. It started with paths, then more steep paths until we got to the seventh station from where we started to “climb”. It was a reserved path full of large stones and quite steep and often I had to use my hands. As we went higher and higher, the weather got more and more cold so we were putting on layer by layer. After a short time we ran out of our supplies of clothes so we had to be satisfied with what we had and we mainly focused on not to rest for a very long time cause we would start to freeze. Despite of the cold I stopped so many times, watching the sky full of stars and listening to the silence. We were already above the clouds. It was about 1 o’clock in the morning when we got to the last stastion from where it was around 1 hour to the very top of Fuji. Cause we were fast enough for fear that we would miss the sunrise, we got totally up at 2-30 am. And there was a problem. As I have mentioned before- sunrise was about to be at 5-35am. And so we waited. We were unbelievable cold, so we found some abandoned shack cabin and we were warming each other by our own bodies. Some participants started to feel sick (including me). And so we couldn’t continue to squat and freeze so we started to walk around. Feeling of hopelessness when you dont care about absolutely anything else than about a bit of heat is not really enjoyable. Luckily the weather was great (for Fuji conditions) and so was no : snow, fog, rain or strong wind. If I imagine that we would be in that cold whole wet I really dont know what we would do.
When after 3 hours of waiting and freezing appeared on the sky orange line predicting sunrise, it was incredible. My dream came true! Sun was coming up as the queen of the whole world- spreading the light and heat everywhere around. The way back after sunrise , was already much nicer :). Sun was shinning and the smiling faces of people only contribute to a good mood!
I do not know if I would go once again but one thing I know for sure – it was worth it! I recommend to everyone who decides to visit the land of the sun.I understand why 300 years sleeping queen Fuji is considered the most beautiful volcano worldwide.
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