Wow! Moment: The summit of Mt. Fuji

During my first summer in Japan, I had the opportunity to climb Mt. Fuji. Most foreigners in Japan seem to want to try that. I was quite interested in it.

So, on July 31st, 2005, I and 4 other teachers left Shinjuku in Tokyo on a bus to the 5th stage of Mt. Fuji. It’s halfway up the mountain and the highest point that vehicles can travel.

We started our climb at 10pm and planned to arrive at the summit in time to see the sunrise. It was dark, so we needed lights. There was a line of lights all the way to the top, hundreds of other climbers. While it was dark, the thing that amazed me was the night view. Not only could we see city lights, but the sky was very clear and thousands of stars were visible. My first “Wow” moment was when I saw the Milky Way very clearly. I’d never seen it before. Absolutely beautiful!

By the time we reached the top, the sun was rising. That’s my second “Wow” moment. It was amazing to see from the top of Japan. At the top, we rested, at ramen, looked at the crater, and finally headed down. What amazed me then was how red the mountain was. “Wow” number three was for how it looked like pictures from Mars.

We arrived back at the 5th stage around 10 am, feeling very sore, tired and hungry.

And you know what? I really want to climb it again.

4 thoughts on “Wow! Moment: The summit of Mt. Fuji”

  1. I saw that done on one of the NHK world shows. It really looked very fun to me. I would like to get to the top around the afternoon time so I can look at the clouds. Did you need one of those cans of O2 since the air is thinner up there?

    1. I didn’t need any oxygen, but one of my co-climbers had a mild case of altitude sickness. He ended up sleeping at the top for an hour or so. I was lightheaded and found it hard to climb the last bit because it was a lot of work with so little oxygen. But I made it unaided.

  2. The temple i went to visit seemed to be right at Mt Fugi. We went to see the Shohondo at Tisekiji (sp?) The evil high priest there who were angry at Daisaku Ikeda for disagreeing with him that he wasn’t the direct conduit to the Buddha, which is absurd, tore down the Shohondo. a beautiful piece of architecture and all of the cherry trees around it out of vengence. Even Buddhism can become corrupt.

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