enicee staff climbing Mt. Fuji!
Written by Jeff

Making the vertical climb up to 3,776 meters!

Our team climbed the Mont Fuji! Read abour our experience and tips for the big climb! .

Hi everyone! Jeff from the enicee team here!
I recently had the chance to go climb Mount. Fuji (Mt. Fuji),
and this time I decided to take lots of photos so I could show all our users what its like!

Mt. Fuji is an extremely important symbol and national treasure to Japan, 
so anyone that likes Japanese culture will most likely come here at least once in their lifetime!
As mentioned in my article about 5 things to do in Japan during the summer, many Japanese men and Japanese women haven’t
had the chance to make this climb, so this would be a good activity for both foreigners and Japanese to experience!

1. Arriving at the 5th station

Mt. Fuji has a total of 10 stations, and most people take a bus to start climbing from the 5th station.
Whilst the peak is over 3770 meters above sea level, the 5th station gives you a bit of a head start at 2300 meters above sea level.
Once arriving here, you need to stay at least an hour before climbing, to let your body get used to the mountain, and not get altitude sickness.

The 5th station is roughly at the same height as the ‘sea of clouds’

Special Mt. Fuji ramen (The seaweed says “World Heritage - Mt. Fuji, 3776 Meters)

Changing into climbing gear! Since you can only climb it in summer, there is no snow, but it still gets close to 0 degrees at night near the top.

Visiting the Shinto Shrine at the 5th station to pray for good weather for the climb (And dabbing because…memes)

2. Beginning the climb

The weather was superb, and we began our climb at about 2pm.
Some people like to go straight to the top, but because we wanted to see the sunrise, we had booked a place to stay at the 8th station.
This way, you can arrive during the evening, and get some rest before your continue your climb at about 1am.

Even so, it is still a 5-6 hour climb to get from the 5th station to the 8th station.

Blue skies, and a beautiful view of the nearby Kawaguchi lake.

Me just beginning the climb, trying to enjoy it as much as I can before I start getting tired.

A beautiful sunset, but we couldn’t see much because the sun sets on the other side of the mountain.

3. Arriving at the lodge

Lodging at Mt. Fuji is quite expensive, and can be somewhere between 50~80 USD for a single night.
It isn’t very comfortable either, having to share beds with strangers, with no noise protection, and long lines for bathrooms (which cost about 1~2USD for every time you use them).
However, it is still nicer than having to sleep outside in near-0 degrees celsius temperature, so…. it’s up to you.

Do you value money or (some form of) comfort?

The lodging i stayed at was very cramped, with 4 people sleeping in a ~3m long bed, and I had to share a blanket with a 50 year old man.

Meals provided at the lodgings aren’t very luxurious either, but since everyone is so tired, it all tasted delicious to us.

4. Continuing the climb

Everyone begins waking up at the lodge at about 1:00~1:30am to begin their preparations to climb to the top.
Some people start feeling sick during the night, and would give up at this point, using oxygen masks to help deal with the altitude sickness.

Each light shows at least 1 traveller, making it a MASSIVE line of people all trying to get to the top. 
Most estimates say about 4000~5000 people climb Mt fuji every day on public holidays / weekends.

5. Reaching the top!

It took another 3.5 hours from the 8th station, but we finally made it to the top and managed to see the sunrise!

A nice relaxing gaze into the view that I spent hours climbing for.

Panorama view from the top

And of course, it only makes sense to end it with how I started it…. with memes.

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