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Now, I took the direction to Mt. Hoei from the 6th station. The trail was easy to follow. A mass of fog came toward us and soon we got shrouded in it. In ten minutes or so, I stood right in front of the crater ! I took a video to tell you how foggy it was. Please play it anyway.＾＾
Now, I walked in it along the trail to reach Mt. Hoei and it was the very sort of ordeal or vicissitude to me because, descending was fine though, the trail is rather sandy and my climbing shoes were mired in it every time I stepped to ascend. And what is more, physical power wouldn’t be restored enough due to insufficient oxygen. My walking was like this； 10 steps and 30 second rest and 30 steps and 5 minute rest. No wonder I took almost 1.5 hours to the top of Mt. Hoei from the bottom of the crater ( climbers would make it in an hour ). ＾＾；
Still, the fog was flowing when I reached on the top. No views. All I could see was a white air. I found a monument ( maybe a sun-clock ) at the edge of the site. Snack time. Salty rice cracker was so good as though the saline soaked into my body. Twitter for the “Enjoy Shizuoka” again. Then, suddenly, believe it or not, a miracle occurred. The fog cleared away and the thick cloud broke up, and the blue sky showed up right over my head just as the god opened the door to say hello to me. The sky looked more blue than “blue”. The clouds were like cotton candies. Mountain lines were literally beyond description.
I attach a video below to tell you all the beauty of the miracle moment. You would think it’s definitely a world of gods and goddesses !
There, I took one of the most unusual pictures in my life ! Can you see what it is ? I found a figure on the place where human ought not to be, which tuned out soon to be myself. Yes, it was my shadow reflected in the haze far in the distance. Maybe Mt. Fuji is such a mountain wrapped in mysteries and miracles.
The blue sky got out of my sight after only 10 minutes or so. I stepped down the trails and when I got to the 5th, another miraculous blue sky came out. Impressive ! Please visit Mt. Fuji where all kinds of nature sprits play around, and you will see how blue the sky is supposed to be.
Mt. Fuji 5th station at Fujinomiya Trail
Access ： By Mt. Fuji Climbing Bus from JR Mishima Sta., Shin-Fuji Sta., Fuji Sta., Fujinomiya Sta.
Bus Fare ： ¥3000／adult ( for round-trip )
Time table ： Please open the PDF.
Mt. Hoei Hiking Trails are available until around mid-Nov
※Mt. Fuji Climbing Trails are supposed to be closed at the end of Aug.
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