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  • Day7

    Mt Fuji

    August 29, 2017 in Japan

    So a group of 16 meet up at Tochomae metro to hike Mt Fuji. The tour is run by Fuji Mountain Guides with 4 young guys (3 Americans and a Brit) as tour guides. It takes a long time to exit Tokyo as we're on the road by 7am during peak commuting period.
    The hike starts at the Subishiri 5th station, which is 1950m above sea level. Our goal is to reach Fujisan lodge (3400m) by late afternoon. We'll have an early night there, then leave for the summit at 2:30 am.
    Being of a certain age, I've retired the backpack and bought modern luggage. So I've rented a backpack and 2 hiking poles from the guides. It's immediately apparent that I can't fit all my gear into this backpack, so my daypack comes along for the ride. It starts initially attached to the backpack but that's too awkward so it becomes a frontpack later in the day.
    It's surprisingly warm and humid at 2000 metres. I'm wearing long trekking pants and sweating profusely (like most of the others). There's a lot of fog around so the views are non-existent. The 1st photo shows this. It's at one of the stations where we can take a break, have a toilet stop and buy drinks.
    We eventually make it to the Fujisan lodge by 4pm. The 2nd photo shows its location above the cloud layer. The 3rd photo shows the track leading up to the lodge with hikers. So dinner is supplied and is a curry with rice. Filling and quite flavoursome.
    We're turning in around 7pm. We each have a supplied blanket and sleeping bag but are tightly packed together. So if I lay on my back and stuck my elbows out I would hit 2 people. Some people sleep but my immediate neighbours both snore so I while away the hours in quiet desperation.
    Finally it's 2:30 and time to trek upwards. We go single file and encounter wind and freezing rain. Turns out the waterproofing wax I bought for my boots isn't that great. Awesome time to find out. There are a lot of hikers after the same goal. We get to the summit and mill around trying to take cover from the wind and rain. It's very cloudy but suddenly the sun appears! The crowd goes "oooh" and a mad scramble ensues to take photos. 15 seconds later the clouds are back and the opportunity is lost! Only for a couple of minutes as magically the clouds roll away and the sun is revealed in awesome majesty. These are my last 3 photos, including the obligatory "summit selfie".
    Anyway it's not smart to linger at the summit so we trek back to Fujisan lodge for breakfast. Chicken with scrambled eggs, very tasty. Everything is packed away and we make our descent. This is the reason that parts of my body no longer talk to me. With the weight I'm carrying my knees and toes cop a pounding. The terrain is mostly scree but there are sections involving rocks that were challenging. Thank God for the hiking poles!
    Eventually I make it back to the starting point. Time for a drink, a bit of a rest and then I'm off to Gotenba in the van. And that's the end of my Mt Fuji adventure.
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  • Day28

    I got to try was my only thought when I was done with breakfast. Actually it was the only reason that I made it, how often was it so tempting to turn back. It started on the bike I was heading to Fuji at 11 and there was a lot of traffic jam. The plan on internet says 7 hours up and 5 down for the Gotemba trail. All other trails are shorter but more crowded and only to get to by bus. I found this out yesterday, even the bike didn't get through. But Gotemba was also at my side so I saved half a hour times 2 (for the way back) and the bus rides to take this longer trail. I enjoyed the curves with the bike but since yesterday I had these cramps in my wrist of holding the wheel. So glad to be there I changed clothes and headed up at exactly 14:00. At 15:00 I was indeed at the same level as one other station so needed 6 hours to reach the top from here. By calculation that would be to late. 20:00 the sun would be gone and to dark to head back. So I kept pace and every hour I checked my location to other trails to see if it was doable. The trail that needed 5 hours I already pass at 15:30 so I did good. It is al about altitude but in my case about attitude. I kept going without breaks, only for listening to what o thought was a thunderstorm again (it was predicted at 1500 in Fuji town) but it appeared to be Japanese anti aircraft testing. Awesome more like in the game but this time I was on the ground and not in the air haha. Beautifull landscapes, but a few times these waves of clouds came up behind me and covered everything in mist. A little rain in the beginning but a bit more at the end. It's funny that I started with my shirt up (Beijing belly haha) than changed shirt because it was wet of sweat and gettong colder, at 2000m I added my sweater on top of it, a while later my motor jacket and when I passed 6th station and a few other mountain huts the tempatation of stopping was there all the time. Especially when the rain came, I brought a poncho, very good on top of the Motor jacket since the jacket was not a windstopper or waterproof but all the air that was in between was nice and warm. Ok 3.5km to destination a sign said, I always think that 3,5km was the distance to my school in Hoofddorp. Takes you 20 min by bicycle haha, I walked ot once or twice. Now I had to head up, the energy was gone, I already ate 2 babanas and 1 snicker. Had one snicker to go and in total this was all my food I had 5 small bottles of water and 2 small orange juices. When the 1km sign was there I couldn't go 2 turns without resting. I checked after 500m my distance to the top to motivate myself because the distance on the track was much much longer. From 500m sign I could only take 50 steps and needed to rest. The summit being at 3776 meters, must be near, breathing was hard and if i did not stop that often my vision became less really quick, my head began to pound and a headace was already there most of the time. Why continue? Because I can and I could still think clearly but thinking became harder. My heart rate was also doing strange stuff, when I walked it was around 70BPM and jumped up to 150BPM and didn't really slow down when I rested. I kept an eye on it ;-). Oh and the thinking was strange to notice, I couldn't remember what I was looking for in my pocket once or twice. Stop and rest and then it came back to me funny right? Finally in the fog and rain I saw that no more curves were coming. Between 2 walls of rock there the trail did go and more signs and gate like things and there is was. The crater, completely filled with cloud of course but it didn't matter. I can look that up on internet, I made it. I even walked up to the highest point: 3822meters my tracking app said. Damn I walked from 1466 meter high up here. 2350 meters up about 10km and here it comes: I reached the top a few minutes before 1900 hell yeah. Exactly what I was hoping for. I even had 2 minutes of clear view on the top (not the crater of course) I was in a trance looking around from the top. When the clouds and rain came back, I also needed to go back. In case I was to tired I reserved a spot on the 7th station to have a sleep over, but when I came there the SPA in my hotel was calling me ;-). Walking the first part was really difficult in the fog.... only lava rocks so I had to use my flashlight to be certain where to step. This text is getting so long because it's raining where I write it ;-). But actually the way down was predicted to take 5 hours. I did it in 2.5 yeah, the first part was slow, I cancelled my reservation at the 7th station and until i reached the 6th I needed the flash light. My battery died, but I didn't need the spare one jet. The moon was so bright and the sight so wonderfull, I took stops while I didn't need it to just enjoy the spectacular view. I advise no one to go down a mountain in the dark but if you know the weather will be good just try sometimes. The moonlight on the mountain and the clouds from above, it was impressive and I felt relaxed, even with a head ace and the pain in my body ;-). When the trail went sandy again I could even run down on the moonlight. Tip: pull your socks back over your shoes to prevent rocks from getting in. I ran into the clouds again and had to use my backup battery. I could keep a good pass and the rhytm was comforting for my body. I saw the light of my starting point and already celebrated my victory by drinking up the last bit of water. On the whole way down I have seen like 8 people going up, 4 alone and 2 groups, I had rain at the beginning and at the end, layers of clothing I removed after 2400m also because of the running and I emptied my shoes 3 times than I came up with the sock idea. I changed clothes at my bike and was so happy to sit down again. I rode away, on the wrong side of the road off course, the car was going up and we both were not going that fast. I went around and thought.... why... ah yes, stay on the left side haha. I stopped at the first fast food store which was Mac Do. I suddenly felt sick and needed to lean on something. The 2 persons in line took like forever, fast food but slow people, finally, I ordered 2 burgers with fries, banana ice cream swirl, water and a coke. When I was done I got on the bike because my after diner dip already was kicking in. A miracle happend, the highway was almost empty and on top of that a Japanese in a Prius was driving an average of 140km/h and slowed down at the perfect moments like at speed camera's :). The trip took like 1hour 45, the traffic lights go on time in Japan, not efficiënt when you are waiting on nobody ;-). I walked into my hotel, or let's call it waddling and limping, I drank my water and went to the SPA, jumped in a personal hot tub and checked if everything was still in tact :). My feet had blisters and 2 toes were bleeding muscles I bended and streched it seemed a good end to this story as well ;-). You make your own luck right? Amazing day, sleep really tight :).Read more

  • Day20

    Mt. Fuji

    July 17, 2017 in Japan

    Nach ein paar Tagen in Tokio ging es gestern zum Mt. Fuji. Mit dem Bus ging zur 5th Station. Die lt. einigen Angaben im Internet als "bessere Wanderung" beschriebene Tour war anstrengender als erwartet. Teilweise kletterte man auf allen Vieren und ja, es war mehr klettern als gehen. Hinzu kommt das Gepäck! Man trägt sein Wasser selber hoch, sofern man nicht rd. 6€ für den 500 ml zahlen möchte. Auch der Wechsel aus Sonne, Regen, Hitze und Kälte mindert nicht das Gewicht im Rucksack.

    Übernachtet haben wir an der alten 8th Station auf 3.400m. Von dort aus ging es gegen 1:45 in der Nacht weiter auf den Gipfel (3.774m). Leider jedoch im Regen und einer einzigen Menschenschlange. Da das Wetter nicht wirklich berauschend war (Regen, 4-6 Grad und Wind) konnten leider keine schönen Aufnahmen gemacht werden. Aber die Herausforderung "Fuji" wurde erfolgreich abgeschlossen. (weiter Bilder folgen)
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  • Day6

    Fuji-San

    September 10, 2015 in Japan

    Alors qu'hier le Fuji était fermé cause mauvais temps et après Tokyo sous la pluie, on se preparait à monter dans le brouillard... Et miracle on a eu LA fenêtre de beau temps. Un mont presque totalement découvert le matin et une montée au soleil. 4h de montée 1h autour de la calderas et 3h de descente. Le plus dur a été pour moi de gérer l'altitude à 3776 m on s'essouffle. Un belle aventure sans accros !! (Même un peu de judo au sommet ;))Read more

  • Day406

    Japan 5, 3d: Hakone & Mt Fuji

    October 9, 2017 in Japan

    Mo, 09.10. Hakone NP
    - 5:30 Seeehr lange Reise, aber top Wetter :)
    Hostel - Kanda 20Min; Kanda - Shinjuku JR 20Min
    Shinju - Odawara Odakyu Line Train 90Min;
    Donjon Castle
    Odawara - Hakone-Yumoto Hakone Tozan Trai 15Mi
    - 8:15 Hakone
    Bekannt für Geschichte, Kultur und Natur
    a) Hakone Tozan Bus Blue 40Min
    a1) Hakone-jinja Tor auf Wasser und Schrein
    Echt toll, super Weg am See entlang
    b2) Tempel & alter Highway
    Noch ein Tempel, nichts Besonderes mehr
    b3) Seeufer Promenade
    -->Mt Fuji 1. Aussichtspunkt von Ufer aus
    -->genau das Postkartenbild von Hakone :)))
    b4) Ancient Cedar Avenue
    Traumhafter Wald, gr Bäume, frische Luft toll
    b5) Onshi-Hakone-Koen Park
    Super schöner Park, tolle Wege an Wasser
    u steiler Hügel hoch, traumhaftes Herbstlaub
    -->Mt Fuji 2. Aussichtspunkt von Berg oben aus
    -->so Glück mit Wetter, bi,s Gipfel sichtbar
    b6) Hakone Checkpoint 1619 gegen Rebellen
    Interessant, da Geschichte und Kultur kostenl
    Bin ja nicht so Museumstyp davon gibt's etlic
    b) Tokai Bus Orange Shuttle 1h
    Mishima Skywalk 400m, längste Japans
    - 12:00 Kostenloses Mittag m Proben getr Fisch, Gem
    Cracker & Süßigkeiten
    c) Hakone Sightseeing Cruise gegen 12:30
    Von Hakonemachi-ko Pier im Süden 10Min über
    Motohakone-ko Pier im Osten mit Tor und Mt Fuji
    30 Min nach Togendai-ko Pier im Norden
    Über Lake Ashi, Kratersee 20km 43m tief 723 uM
    3000J alt, gefriert nicht
    -->Mt Fuji 1. Aussichtspunkt von Boot aus
    -->windiger, bissi zugezogen aber trotzdem toll
    Auch am Mt Komagatake & Mt Kami vorbei
    d) Hakone Ropeway & Owakudani gegen 14:00
    d1) Fahrt nicht bei zu hoher vulkane Aktivität
    Tolle Seilbahn m Blick auf Mt Komagatake & Kami
    Schöne Wälder wieder mit Herbstlaub
    Etwas bewölkt und windig, Mt Fuji in Wolken
    d2) Owakudani/Owakudani
    Explosionskrater durch großflächige phreatische
    Explosion vor 3000J entstanden, Tal der Hölle
    Stößt immer noch Gase mit giftigen
    Hydrogensulfit und Sulfurdioxid aus, riecht man
    auch, verfaulte Eier, Farben grün türkis bl br schw
    Sehr fragil, Erdrutsche 1910 schlimmstes Regen
    des Hayawaka Flusses
    Geopark & Geomuseum
    Toller Weg entlang, Wahnsinn Aussicht
    Schwarze Eier spektakulär 1 essen 7J länger lebe
    Dachte wäre Schoki aber einfach schw gefärbt Ei
    Sogar Wasabi und schwarzes Eis, schw Eier Scho
    schw Süßigkeiten gef Sesam Nusse etc
    Owakudani Natürliche Heiße Quellen
    Owakudani Naturweg, Hakone Vulkan u Aktivität
    (leider zu aktiv, Gase zu hoch, beide Wege zu)
    Kuro-Tamago Eier
    Tamago-jaya Tempel
    -->Mt Fuji 3. Aussichtspunkt von ganz oben
    -->Seilbahn direkt drüber über ganzen Gase
    Soooo lange Schlange, viele Leute hier merkt
    man Feiertag in Japan, China, Südkorea
    Aber nicht mein nach Sounzan/Gora
    Medizinisches Feuchttuch zum Schutz vor Gasen
    e) Hakone Tozan Cable Car bis Gora, steil runt 15:30
    Hakone Gora Park, Japans ältester offizieller frz
    Garten 100J, viele Blumen, schön angelegt
    Tropisches und japanisches Gewächshaus
    Hakuundo Teegarten+Teehaus, Bergretreat, Fels
    Toller Rosengarten mit Pavillon, süß duftend
    Handwerkshaus selbst prob in Blaserei, Ton, Bl
    Natürlich viele Kirschblüten
    Onsen, Hakone Open Air Museum
    f) Gora-Gotemba via Sengoku Bus Blue G 1h g 17:00
    Hakone Bot Garden of Wetlands, Premium Outlets
    Super kurvige Straßen, aber schön m Sonnenunter
    g) Fujikyu Bus Gotemba-Kawaguchiko 1,5h geg 18:0
    Vorbei an einer der 5 Seen, Lake Yamanakako
    Rießig und abends schön beleuchtet
    -->5x gesehen
    -->Land, Berg, Wasser, Luft, Hügel, Land

    Di, 10.10. Fuji-Hakone-Izu NP
    - 5:47 Sonnenaufgang an Chureito Pagoda
    Morgens echt super kalt nur 10*
    4 los, 5km 1,5h hinlaufen Arakurayama Sengen Park
    Super schön, klare Luft, Sternenhimmel, ruhig, Grille
    Letzten 300m steil bergauf,100m bis Tempel
    Sengen Jinja Schrein mein erster bei Nacht mystisc
    200m Treppen bis Cheida Pagoda berühmtestes
    Fotopostkartenmotiv nicht beleuchtet
    Allererste 5 hoch kurz nach 5 da
    Wetter könnte echt nicht besser sein
    Top Sonnenaufgang strahlend blauer Himmel sogar
    Mond schon von Osten links beschieden Hammer
    Wäre auch mit Fujikyu Railway über Fujikyu Railway
    St, Mt Fuji St zu Shimo-Yoshida St gegangen
    Danach 1h Wanderung zurück, Frühstück
    ->Mt Fuji 6. Mal gesehen dieses Mal direkt frontal
    viel näher und mit Pagoda
    - Mt Fuji Besteigung 3.776m
    8:40 Bus Fuji Subaru Line Mt Fuji Station to 5th
    Station Mt Fuji 1h Bergwanderumg Besteigung bist
    8. Station da außerhalb Saison, früh Bus zurück
    Hier 13-36*, oben 0* oder Minusgrade
    Aber keine Wolke nichts, so viel Glück mit Wetter
    Super gefährlich off season va wenn Schnee
    Viele verunglückt;
    Problem: keine Bergkette steht alleine, ungeschützt
    Wetter Wind Regen Schnee Eis ausgesetzt
    Höchster und schwierigst zu erklimmender Berg
    Bis 8. Station 3.300m von 10 halb 1, 2,5h schneller
    als gesagt 40 bis 6, 1h bis 7, 2h bis 8 insgesamt 6
    bis hoch aber nicht machbar weil letzter Bus 4 und
    auch 4h zurück zuui windig viel zu gefährlich
    Immer gleiche Aussicht muss es ja nicht riskieren,
    ich fast davon geflogen mit Fliegengewicht
    Vorher vulkanischen Sand kl Steinchen schwarz
    Ab 6. Station echt Felsen klettern mit Händen
    Gute Entscheidung ab halb 2 rießen Wolkendecke
    Ring unterhalb Gipfel super windig kalt nass
    Traumhaftw Herbstlandschaft so bunt gefärbt gelb
    orange rosa rot braun grün scheee
    ->Auf dem Berg gewesen von dort sieht man
    natürlich nicht Mt Fuji aber dafür alle 4 Seen und
    umliegenden Berge und Bergketten
    Dann wieder Toilette mit Sitzheizung :D
    - See Kawaguchiko Fuji Viewing Plattform &
    Kawaguchiko Ohashi Brücke
    Bergkette, im Hintergrund Mt Fuji
    So schön bereits toller Sonnenunterg
    - 17:39 Sonnenuntergang von Hostel Dachterrasse

    Mi, 11.10. 5 Lakes NP
    - Sonnenaufgang bzw Frühstück mit Hammer
    Aussicht auf wolkenfreien Mt Fuji
    - 2 Seen Shojiko & Motosuko
    -Erst bei See Shojiko ausgestiegen mit Wahnsinn
    Kodaki Fuji Viewpoint direkt auf See am See unten
    -Panorama Observatory Shita 1h Wanderung 325m
    hoch zu tollem Aussichtspunkt auf Mt Fuji, See
    Motosuko und See von oben
    -Kurzfahrt Bus entlang Aokigahara Wald zu See
    Motosuko schöne Aussicht See unten
    Sooo schöne schmale bunte m Vorhängen Retro Bus Toll an den ganzen Seen vorbeigefahren Panorama Aussichten bei top Wetter, Wasser glitzert so schön, blaue Strecke komplett und wieder halb zurück
    - Eis-, Wind- und Lavahöhlen aber alles schon so oft überall in NZ, DE, ZA gesehen nicht mehr interessant
    - 2 Seen Saiko & Kawaguchiko
    -Wanderung Jukai Naturweg durch Aokigahara Wald,
    Meer der Bäume bis See Saiko und Saiko Iyashi-no-
    Sato Nenba, typ jap Dorf
    -Dorf mit Mt Fuji Sicht angeschaut
    Super interessant, alte Häusche, kl Wasserfall, Fluss
    Gärten, Shops, getr Fische und Früchte, Obst, Markt
    Sicht auf Mt Fuji aber ab halb 3 frisch windig zugezo
    - Zurück mit grün und rot schöne Fahrt entlang der
    beiden Seen Saiko, durch Tunnel und Wälder und
    See Kawaguchiko zum Bf, total genossen 1h Fahrt
    Aber schon so zugezogen, Mt Fuji und anderen Berge gar nicht mehr gesehen, auch im Hostel nicht mehr
    Total bewölkt, super viel Glück mit Wetter gehabt
    - Danach mit Chuo Highway Bus zurück nach
    Shinjuku/Tokio gegen 17 Uhr über Highway Land
    Freizeitpark
    Top moderner Reisebus inkl Getränkehalter, Tischen
    und sogar funktionierendem WLAN
    Auch wieder so überpünktlich und top organisierert
    Japan toll zum reisen; sicher zuverlässig aber nicht arbeiten zu streng stressig genießen nichts
    Wieder schöne Fahrt durch Lichtermeer

    5 Seen:
    1) Yamanakako:
    Größter, zw Hakone und Fujikawaguchiko: Mo ab
    2) Kawaguchiko:
    Zweitgrößter m Brücke, 2N Unterkunft: Di & Mi
    3) Saiko:
    Viertgrößter mittig an ganzen Höhlen: Mi
    4) Motosuko:
    Drittgrößter ganz westlich: Mi
    5) Shojiko:
    Kleinster, aber feinster tolle Aussicht Wanderu: Mi

    -->Alle 5 von oben von Mt Fuji Besteigung gesehen
    -->So viele andere Berge, Bergketten, Wanderparadies
    -->So viel zu sehen und tun, tolle Naturlandschaften
    (Spaziergänge, Wanderungen, Klettern, Radfahren, Baden, Wassersport, Onsen Heiße Quellen, Höhlen, Wildpark, Museen, Schreine, Tempel, Kultur, Freizeitparks, Shoppen etc für Jung & Alt)

    -->Ticket von 8.000/60€ für 3T = 30€/T erstmal viel
    Aber noch nie so gelohnt
    ->Allein Mo Hinweg Tokyo-Hakone schon über 4.000
    Allein Rückweg Fujikawaguchiko-Tokyo 1.700
    Alle Busse, Züge, Straßenbahnen braucht man, weit
    Sightseeing Cruise m altem Schiff schon 1.000
    Ropeway über Berg schon
    ->Auch Di mit 2x Fujikyu Railway
    ->Allein Mi mit 2x Blue Line, 1x Green und 1x Red Line
    Fujikyu Sightseeing Buses
    Plus Rückweg Chubo Highway Bus Kuchigawa St to
    Tokyo 2h
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