This was my second time hiking Mt. Fuji, but this time I hiked the Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail. We picked up the trail head at the very bottom of Mt. Fuji – at the Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine, and we ended our hike at the 5th Station. Out of the two hikes, this was definitely the more scenic of the two. We hiked a total of 2,305 meters on this trail – with my previous Mt. Fuji hike (from the 5th station to summit) being a total of 1,471 meters. Between these two Mt. Fuji hikes, I have now conquered the entire 3,776 meters of this breathtaking, monumental volcano – an accomplishment that I am incredibly proud of & humbled to have achieved. Having the wooden, stamped hiking sticks on display in my house is a great reminder of these two days.
To get to the trail head, we took the train to Fujisan Station and then followed the signs for the Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine – it’s about a 30-minute walk from the train station to the trail head.