We started around 6 am and reached 5th station at 8:45 am. That was the most boring part of the trip. It is a zig-zag way, all rocky, decent slope and the sunny weather. You just keep turning every now and then. We almost kept running through that part. We got freshed at 5th station and I caught bus for Kawaguchiko at 9:30. Trek to Mt. Fuji was definitely tiring. I would advice to carry as much less weight as possible with you. You can buy drinks and supplements at intermediate stations, though they are costly but it will reduce the weight. Be well prepared for cold at the summit. At sometimes winds also flow heavily, so bring ear plugs/caps. Also, carry a walking stick, helps to reduce strain on knees. At 5th station some wooden sticks are available on sale and on intermediate stations, you can collect stamps on those sticks and bring them home as souvenirs. While climbing down, it's better to use some mask and eye protection. Also, make sure you have ankle length shoes. otherwise, just like me, you will need to keep taking out stones/sand at regular intervals from shoes or you can use duct tape to seal of the shoes entrance. There is no any scenery to enjoy during climbing. The only good thing about trek is the Sunrise and feeling of reaching to such a height ( 3770 meter). Otherwise there is nothing else than stone, rocks, sand and soil.I reached Kawaguchiko around 10:30. It's a small town, with tourism as main occupation. You can see ads by different agencies, lots of hotels, restaurants etc. My hostel - K's hostel Mt.Fuji - was 15-20 mins walking from station. I reached there by 11 o'clock and checking time was 3 o'clock. They were kind enough to let me check in at that time and rest in lounge. But I couldn't get room as cleaning was going on. She showed me a nearby Onsen on map and I thought of relaxing there for sometime. Onsens are the hot springs all over Japan, some are artificial but mostly are natural. It is said that taking a dip in onsen for sometime heals all the body pains. I hadn't have the experience so far. So I thought what could be better day to test it than today. If it really helps, will cure my body pains from trekking and if doesn't, it will prove that it doesn't work. So, I went to onsen. I spent around an hour in it and it really cured my tiredness and body pain. I returned to hostel, but rooms were not yet ready. I took rest in lounge till 15:00 and then shifted to room. I slept for around 5 hours but that was a very sound and peaceful. I woke up around 8 o'clock. Looked for any Indian restaurant nearby. There was one, 10 mins walking. I went there, ate up to full bream, returned to hostel and slept again.
#TripotoTakeMeToHimalayasWhen you think of Japan, Mount Fuji instantly comes to my mind. There is nothing like Mount Fuji in Japan. It is a two and a half hour train ride away from Tokyo city and it a great experience. The train journey is extremely tiring. When I went to Japan in June, my love for trekking took me to see Mount fuji.
Mount Fiji: Mount Fiji is the only dormant volcano in the world. You can take a train to Mount Fuji or get the bus to take you there. The bus leaves from the main city in Tokyo. In this case, the bus is better than the train because it is more easily accessible. Mount Fiji had a beautiful view but the weather was getting bad so we had to leave early. The best thing is to go to Mount Fiji in the morning because people start leaving around 5 so you won't be able to explore enough.
The Fuji Five Lake is sited around the lakes Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Yamanakako, Shojiko and Motosuko. It is one of the best sites to view Mount Fuji from a close distance and a good base for climbing the mountain. It is the place where hiking, camping, fishing and other outdoor activities can be enjoyed at its peak.There is also plenty of hot springs and museums found in the area, along with Fuji Q Highland, one of Japan's most popular amusement parks with record breaking roller coasters.
Last but not least, the most important thing for going to Mt. Fuji is the weather. When it is raining or cloudy, it is very hard to see Mt. Fuji. I suggest better to check the weather and then plan your trip. If the weather is good, no matter where you go, you will definitely enjoy the sacred mountain.Since you can view Mt Fuji from many points around Japan, it’s worth a shot to try and capture it at different times of the day. Some people make it a mission to view Mt Fuji from all the possible location because each area provides a unique look. During sunset, I love how the light tinges the mountain snow cap. It's soooooo AMAZING :)So here ends my long guide to Japan (it's in 5 Parts :P) but still, I think I missed lots of things. Japan is so beautiful that you cannot capture all its beauty in one time you need to visit multiple times to feel its beauty and culture. I am definitely going to visit again.If you combine good fortune with proper planning you will definitely increase your chances to see Japan in its full glory!I wish you all the luck.Japan will always be top of my travel list. I hope you enjoy Japan as much as I did.Keep exploring and enjoy!!