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July 1st is the day for the ceremonies of Mt. Fuji Climbing, traditionally held in Fujinomiya, Gotemba and Subashiri of Shizuoka Prefecture on the same day every year to pray for the safety of climbers.
I went to “Fuji Sengen Shrine” for Subashiri trail in Oyama Town to join the Ceremony. I felt so excited because I’d never been there. You know, new experiences always enhance our intelligence and sensibility.
It was overcast, about to rain. The ceremony was solemnly performed in Shinto main hall, starting with a long whoop of Shinto priest. Many concerned people got together in it to listen to him, to make a vow, and to give thanks to God. It lasted for about an hour and, believe it or not, hard rain came down on the shrine right after the ceremony. How fortunate we were not to have such a rain as that during the ceremony !
After the ceremony all carried out, I drove up to the Subashiri 5th station, where I saw quite a few people walking already in a climbing suit and boots in spite of foggy weather. The shop-men were so vigorous, which delighted me much !
Subashiri Trail is often introduced as the only one with abundant nature among 3 trails in Shizuoka. It will take about 6 hours to the top.
The current condition of Mt.Fuji Climbing, as of July 1st, is as follows,
Fujinomiya Route ： As far as New 7th station.
Gotemba Route ： As far as 6th station.
Subashiri Route ： As far as 7th station.
＊Private cars are restricted to the 5th station every weekend and other predetermined days. Please refer to the notice from here.
The opening ceremony was also held in Fujinomiya and Gotemba as well on the same day. They have respectively traditional way of it to pray for the safety of visitors from the world. These pictures are of Gotemba, by the way. I wish you try all routes to enjoy the distinctive atmospheres of each trail. I will also try Mt. Fuji climbing, or hiking, at the end of this month.
To those who has a plan for Mt. Fuji Climbing.
Be sure to get prepared enough for the climbing. The god won’t help people who don’t pay respect for the spirit of Mt. Fuji.
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