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The weather was perfect for the first 1/2 of the hike
The trail is very natural except for the occasional ladder I encountered during the 1/2 halve of the hike. The hike is a steady climb from the start and only gets steeper until you reach the "Kata-no-Koya" mountain hut where I lodged for the night.
The very tight sleeping quarters on the second floor of the mountain hut
This hut was much more primitive than the huts I stayed at Tateyama and Hakusan. The hut I stayed at for the Tateyama hike was the only hut I have stayed at that had a bath. Other huts have had TVs separate rooms with a handful of people staying in each, and running water. This hut had no running water and the water that was available for washing, etc. was 100 yen per liter. The toilets unlike the other huts were out houses. And all the hikers slept in one big room on the second floor. That night the temperature dropped below freezing and it started to hail a bit. In the morning I woke about 5:15 by the rustling of hikers getting ready. I then headed down for breakfast and to watch the sunrise.
Fujisan as seen from out mountain hut 5:30 a.m.
Fujisan during sunrise
From the mountain hut the trip to the peak took about 30 minutes. I spent about an hour at the peak just relaxing.
"Kata-no-Koya" mountain hut from the approach to the peak
Fujisan from the peak of Kitadake
A photographer readies his tripod for some shots of Fujisan
Another photographer snaps some 4x5s at the peak of Kitadake
Another photographer captures the colors of the fall leaves
The very next day at work I looked out the window and notice that Fujisan was suddenly and almost completely covered in snow! There was not a flake to be seen the prior day! The southern Alps where I hiked also got a lot of snow the night that I returned. Talk about great timing!