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Climbing Mount Fuji- An honest account:
Now, I have since noticed that several students have managed to find me on social media, so I'll try and keep this as clean as I can.
Since coming to Japan, naturally, something I had been particularly keen to attempt was to climb the 3,776m of Mt. Fuji, Japan's most famous and tallest mountain. I had hoped to enjoy the traditional experience of climbing season and begin my ascent one afternoon, rest at a mountain hut and wake up in the early hours to complete my ascent in time to watch the sun rise in the most stunning location of the nation which is literally named sunrise land (日本). Unsurprisingly I wasn't alone, and a square billion other climbers had the same grand idea. (On the national holiday, "mountain day", I should have known better). Hiking becomes significantly less fun when you stop hiking and wait in queues for hours (on a bloody mountain) crowded with idiot tourists attempting the same trail in jeans and flip flops, listening to their moans of "oh, it's really big I didn't realise" who are also getting in your way and totally wasting your time. What's more, whilst staying in a mountain hut, sleeping in an unwashed sleeping bag stuffed in a sardine tin with 10 other climbers is nobody's idea of fun, it makes for an even worse experience when one of your fellow fish is coughing and sneezing illness all over you, ensuring you manage about 40 mins sleep, and that you wake up with a splitting headache, throat dryer than the sahara and a distinct feeling of being utterly mugged off for being 9000円(£70) worse off for the pleasure. Although looking back on some incredible photos I managed to took, and given that i'm sure no student has bothered to read this far, if I could sum up Fuji in a word, that word would be, shite.
A small bottle of water along the trail will set you back 500円(£4) and now my wallet's feeling a little light, so if there are any jobs going at the tourist board you may consider this my cover letter.
Japan is honestly great, but seriously, Fuji is shite.