Climbing Mt. Fuji

Climbing Mt. Fuji

One of my unforgettable trips in my life was a climbing trip two weeks ago to Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776m.

At first, I and three friends at JAIST went by bus from Kanazawa station at 11 pm on August 13, and we arrived at Shinjuku station at 6 am on the next day. After taking a rest, we went to Tokyo tower by metro, a very popular way to travel in Tokyo. We left Tokyo at 2 pm to go to Kawaguchiko station near Mt. Fuji, and arrived there at 5 pm.

Before climbing Mt. Fuji, we had dinner and prepared all necessary things carefully for that, because we knew that we would have a very long, hard time of climbing overnight. After dinner, we got on the sightseeing bus to go to the fifth station of Mt. Fuji at 2,300m. At the fifth station, we started climbing at about 9 pm. Fortunately, the weather was fine although it was rainy at first. There were many people climbing Mt. Fuji on that day because that time was the “Obon matsuri”, which is a traditional holiday in Japan.

You may be impressed when you see a long line of people like an incredible wire climbing Mt. Fuji. The way to the top of Mt. Fuji contains ten stations and many places for climbers to take a break and buy food and drink. The higher we climbed the thinner the air was, and the lower the temperature was, so we had to take a rest every 200m. The climbing was delayed, because one guy in our group felt bad. Luckily, with some help, he could continue walking. That was the reason we were late to reach the top of Mt. Fuji before sunrise. Actually, we planned to reach the top of the mountain early to see sunrise. Therefore, we saw sunrise and took some photos on the mountain slope at about 30m below the top. The scene at that height was very imposing with clouds in varieties of colors covering the sky and the sun rising up little by little.

After seeing sunrise, we continued climbing, and we reached the top at about 6 o’clock. We took some photos there, then we began going down at 8 o’clock. It took about 5 hours to arrive at the bus stop; less time than climbing up, because going down is not as hard as climbing. At last, we got on the bus and went home. We were almost exhausted after long, hard walking, but we felt proud of climbing to the highest place of Japan. That was a really memorable event in my life.


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