Mount Fuji: the mere mention of this iconic name resonates awe and admiration in the hearts of tourists, locals and hardcore mountaineers alike. Topping out at a height of 3,776 meters, Japan’s tallest peak and still-active volcano had a record-breaking increase in climbers since UNESCO bestowed it with World Heritage status earlier this summer.
Some friends and I decided to make the ultimate trek the weekend before Mt. Fuji officials enacted the ¥1,000 admission fee (so we can brag to our friends that not only did we climb the tallest mountain in Japan, we also saved money). We knew that particular weekend would be insanely crowded; Kyodo News recently reported that the number of Mt. Fuji trekkers in the first three weeks of official climbing season was 35 percent higher than the previous record, set it 2010.
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Comment: Been there done that and got the sore feet to prove it! BTW, up close and personal, that is one "f-ugly" mountain!