Chasing Shadows on Mt. Fuji: A Surprising Climb Beyond Expectations

Climbed Mt. Fuji last week. Was far tougher that I imagined. I fell in love with the mountain when I saw her in April this year.   The odd thing this time – I never saw her except her shadow when on the top. From afar Mt Fuji is a postcard beauty but when you want to climb her, you wouldn’t recognise it’s the same mountain.   Oh yes! Trust the Japanese to have a fully functional post office just in case you might want to send documentary evidence home in the form of a postcard from the summit! 

About Mt.Fuji

Mount Fuji, Japan’s iconic stratovolcano on Honshū Island, stands 3,776.24 meters tall. It’s the tallest mountain in Japan, the second-highest volcanic island peak in Asia, and the seventh-highest island peak worldwide. With the last eruption in 1707-1708, it’s an active volcano. The symmetrical cone, covered in snow for around five months, is an enduring cultural symbol. Mount Fuji is a UNESCO World Heritage site, that attracts artists, poets, and pilgrims. Popular climbing routes include Kawaguchiko, Subashiri, Gotemba, and Fujinomiya. The Yoshida route is preferred for its huts. Shinto mythology connects it to Kuninotokotachi. Mount Fuji’s influence permeates Japanese culture and beyond.

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