Other Hiking Routes:
There are actually five different routes you can take to reach the summit of Mt. Fuji, (Kawaguchi, Subashiri, Gotemba, Fujinomiya and the Yoshida routes). The Yoshida and Subashiri trials actually connect with the Kawaguchi trail, the Yoshida route joins from the 6th station and the Subashiri joins at the 8th station, essentially this is also the main reason why some first time climbers get lost on the mountain,as they incorrectly take the wrong descending route downward.
The Original Mt. Fuji Pilgrim Route:
The original Yoshida route starts from Fuji Sengen Shrine, where the pilgrims of over 500 years ago came to pray before they started their climb up the sacred mountain. It begins at the Sengenjinja, where Fuji pilgrims, who became known as Fujiko, arrived to purify themselves and then pay their respects to the Shinto goddess and protector of Mount Fuji.Taking the traditional pilgrim route from the bottom allows hikers and climbers alike to enjoy the historical and cultural heritage along the way. Of all the routes up Mount Fuji, the Yoshida trail is the oldest, first conquered many centuries ago.
Finally, there is also a relatively unknown circle route around Mt. Fuji called the Ochudo trail that circles the entire mountain near the 5th stations, however do not expect to see many people on this trail. Also at Mt. Fuji’s highest point there is a trail running along the crater, it takes about one hour or more depending on your energy level to do a complete circle around the crater,however, as most have little energy leftover, this is often skipped.
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