"What is the easiest route to the top of Mount Fuji", I wondered, as I am really a lazy gazetteer. However, laziness comes at a price of researching more and making the right decisions.
There are four trails to the summit, only one is the best trail for climbing Mount Fuji to watch the amazing sunrise in the Land Of The Rising Sun.
I knew the chance to climb this symbolic mountain only opens for a very short window i.e. from early July to middle of September. Which is approximately for 2.5 months. If you miss this window, you will need to come back next year.
On other months, it will be too dangerous to climb up. At 3776m, it is the highest mountain in Japan. Ice and snow accumulates at the slopes, making it unsafe for climbers.
Being the research freak as I am, I don't only want the easiest but also the cheapest. Kinda wanting the best of everything.
There are multiple ways to get there from Tokyo, but trains are the most convenient. Even so, there are a few options to go.
Option 1: The Fujikyu Railway
It is a private-owned railway. The Japan Rail Pass does not cover it. Thus, I need to pay an extra JPY 400 to reach Kawaguchiko. Furthermore, I need to make a transfer. More waiting, and more hassle. Option 1 OUT!!!
Option 2: JR Chuo Special Rapid Service
This option bypass the Fujikyu Railway, and it is covered by the Japan Rail Pass. But I still need to pay an extra JPY 400 to reach Kawaguchiko. Despite it solving part of the problem in option 1, it takes an extra 10-20 minutes compared to Option 1. Thus, Option 2 OUT!!!!
Option 3: Limited Express Fuji Excursion
The Limited Express FUJI EXCURSION is now included in the Japan Rail Pass. No extra charge. It goes directly from Shinjuku Station to Kawaguchiko Station. Solved all my problems. Decided, Option 3 it is!!!
Which is the best trail to hike up Mount Fuji?
Choices are good, but choosing is hard. There are four trails up to peak of Mount Fuji. Each has its good and bad.
But I know me. Lazy, scared of dying and scared of inconvenience.
Anything that does not require too much work, or unsafe is definitely OUT!