One of those memorable trips that you'll be thinking about for weeks after your return...
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
- The sight of Mt Fuji - we first saw its unmistakable shape at dawn from the hut on Mt Yari. Then, when we arrived at Fujiyoshida we had amazing views at sunset & sunrise.
- Visiting the Fujisengen-jinja shrine to pray for a safe ascent.
- Relaxing in the hot pools at the onsen & staying in the ryokan - eating an exquisite meal and then going out to a bar wearing a dressing gown (sorry - yukata!).
- The many beautiful temples & shrines in Kyoto.
- The contrast of old traditions & new technology.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Steve was a great leader - working very hard to look after us all & share his love of Japan. He gave us a Japanese lesson one evening in the hut on Mt Yari & encouraged us to try out what we'd learnt. He went out of his way to enable us to experience so much - a variety of types of restaurants, many bars you'd never have found on your own (you must go to the mushroom bar in Kyoto!), the onsen experience, kareoke, the tour of Tokyo, the cheeky beers...and he timed our arrival at the summit of Mt Fuji in time for sunrise perfectly.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
We were very lucky and had fantastic weather, but Steve had told us that on the two previous trips they had days of solid rain when climbing Mt Yari, so you need to ensure you have the right gear.
If you can, add on a couple of extra days at the beginning of the trip in Kyoto and/or at the end in Tokyo. There's so much to see & do you won't regret it.
Finally, go with lots of energy if you want to try to keep up with Steve!
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Mt Fuji will be the carrot that makes you think about booking this trip, but there's so much more too. The trek up to Mt Yari takes you along a beautiful valley & Mt Yari itself is a stunning mountain. The final climb to the top involves a bit of scrambling and some fixed ladders - a very rewarding climb. On the descent we practised our Japanese greetings (much to the Japanese hikers amusement) and watched macqaque monkeys in the forest.
Finally, don't underestimate the number of people that will be climbing Mt Fuji with you - it is a wonderful experience but solitude is not a word you could use! Watching the sun rise above the pacific from the top of Mt Fuji makes it worth the effort. So, what are you waiting for...book to go on this trip!