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Published on 04.28.2016
Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan and has one of the greatest number of hikers climb it every year. The most common way to climb the mountain is to take a bus to the “Yoshia” and “ Fujinomiya” 5th station summits on either side of the mountain at about 2400m. But there is another more traditional way to climb this mountain. Just like the original mountaineers did, that is from ocean up to the top of the Fujinomiya trail, which takes around about 13 hours to complete in total. The issue with this trail is that it doesn't start on any particular trail, the hikers must make their way via their own path and then make it to the mountain path. the walk is almost back braking, it requires a lot of preparation as Mounti Fuji is 3776m tall so it is not for the faint of heart.
But what comes with the price of effort that you pay are some of the most amazing views of Japan, going through the true nature, seeing everything as you ascend above the clouds it is a once in a life time experience.
From Tokyo, the ocean trail start point near Yoshihara Station, will require you to ride a couple of trains. Starting from Shinagawa Station you can take a Bullet Train to Mijima Station, then from there you have to take the Tokaido line to Yoshihara Station and it will take about 2 hours in total. From there you walk to the ocean side and your journey will begin.
Remember that it is tradition in Japan when doing this ungodly Sea to Summit trail to take a cup of water (you can use a bottle) to the top of the mountain and pour it out to show respect to the mountain. Which may seem strange but I feel that is sort of spiritual in a way.
If you are the adventurous type then you should take the challenge to try this incredibly difficult sea to summit climb. It will more than likely change your life forever.