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【Beautiful holy Fujiyama mountain climbing almost killed me】Beautiful stories from far away From Japan

2022-06-14 | TOSHI

     

Beautiful holy Fujiyama mountain climbing almost killed me

Dear followers and readers, how are you?  I’m TOSHI, a Japanese woman.

If you are interested in Japan, you probably know Fujiyama, right? It is “The best mountain in Japan”. It’s very beautiful holy mountain, also a World Heritage Site, but I was about to climb and almost die with my French friends.

It’s a personal experience, but let’s talk about that today.

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Beautiful holy Fujiyama 

If you are interested in Japan, you probably know Fujiyama (Mt. Fuji, “富士山 hujisan”), right? It is “The best mountain in Japan”.

It is the highest mountain in Japan and at the same time very beautiful holy mountain, it is also a World Heritage Site. It can be said to be one of the symbols of Japan. There are many paintings and novels which describe this mountain in art such as pictures of Hokusai.  

To tell the truth, when I was a kid, I couldn’t believe that Fujiyama was the highest mountain in Japan, even though my teacher said so. Because it seemed too beautiful, and more “gentle” mountain for me. 

When you see it from a distance, it looks like a mountain with a very wide skirt, gentle and kind in a way with gradual inclines to the summit. 

It seems very strange that the highest mountain in Japan, which looks so beautiful and mysterious, is almost in the center of Japan. It is a mystery. If it’s the highest mountain in Japan, it can be in a more remote area and look steep yet jagged.

❚ My experience with French couple

One day, a couple of my friends from France came to Japan and decided to climb Fujiyama with me.

I enjoyed the trip Japan with them very much, but only this mountain climbing Fujiyama made me feel like I almost died.

Originally, I have no physical strength. I have rarely climbed mountains, so it may have been a mistake to suddenly climb the highest mountain in Japan.

Also, the friends brought a famous French guidebook, and it said that “Fujiyama can be climbed in this hours”, which is completely different from the official guide in Japan.

I showed them the English version,

“No, no! It must be dangerous! You can’t climb Fujiyama in such a short time.”

I desperately insisted, but it’s hard to believe (I wonder why foreigners don’t believe in official guides? Or do we believe too much?).

Some people have died from climbing Fujiyama. Life is most important, so I contacted and hired a guide (our guide was Japanese) for our climbing Fujiyama .

So, to say the impression, climbing Fujiyama was a hell for me. It is true that Fujiyama is beautiful, and along the way there are beautiful unforgettable scenery, rare plants, and mysterious sights that seem to be separated from the world, which may be good for those who like mountain climbing.

However, it is difficult to reach the top of the mountain. It is natural because it is the highest mountain in Japan. Fujiyama is not bad, I underestimated the journey itself .  

Also, on the way, we met a French person, middle-aged, seemed not athlete type, but I was really surprised because he said that he had a same French guidebook, and he said (with a big smile) he was on his way back after climing Fujiyama on time as the  guidebook detailed. 

When climbing Fujiyama, it is common to climb as high as possible the day before, rest in a mountain lodge in the night, and climb again  to see the rising sun from the top of the mountain early in the morning.

I was exhausted and maybe I got altitude sickness. It seems that there are people who have become conditioned to the altitudes, and it does not matter whether they are physically trained or not.

I couldn’t get up, so I was waiting in a mountain lodge on the way. The couple heading for the summit.

They came back with a lot of excitement and said, “I’m glad I even posted it on Facebook !!”.When I saw it later, he said with a great smile, “I climbed Fujiyama!” And had a lot of likes.

On the other hand, I had a pale face and was feeling I was about to die, and the kind-hearted French couple carried my luggage.

But once you climb Fujiyama, you basically have no choice go back by yourself, on foot. I was thinking it could kill me.

Then, with their help, I could back to the Japanese inn we stayed at the foot of the mountain, I slept like a dead woman. Maybe I should have gone to the hospital (readers, please be careful), but after a while my tiredness got better.

I was really surprised again, the kind-hearted French woman, who carried my luggage on her back, immediately went to the hot spring of this Japanese inn, in a yukata! !! She’s an ordinary housewife who doesn’t even exercise but why…It was a mystery.

I don’t know how to end this story.

I was shocked and couldn’t see Fujiyama for a while and relive my hiking trauma, but now I think it’s beautiful to see it from a distance.

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