Fujinomiya Trail - Part 2

Discovering success while climbing Mt. Fuji

By Elena Lisina    - 3 min read

The day before climbing Mt. Fuji I visited the Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha shrine to pray and to receive a special marching staff with sacred bells, the sound of which drives away evil spirits. It was a life saver, particularly during the descent. Great quantities of small rolling stones made the trip back down very slippery with many people finding it dangerous.

Slippery descent
Slippery descent

I stumbled and fell a number of times, once hurting my knee, but with nothing else to do but get up, I continued my descent. At times, the stony landscape made me feel as if I were on another planet, perhaps Mars as the main colour everywhere was red. I also came across stones of blue and grey in all manner of shapes and sizes. It was fortunate that there was no rain or strong wind, nonetheless, the descent was painful for my legs and stressful because of the fear of being hurt again.

The descent
The descent

Thinking back, it was presumptuous to think that I could make it in one day. A slower ascent in the daytime, staying overnight at the 8th or 9th station, then reaching the summit and descending on the next day would have been a better plan. Still, my choice was what it was and fortunately so as it rained the next day and a descent in that weather would have been very, very difficult for me!

Mars surface!
Mars surface!

On the way back I mistook the 6th Station for the 5th and so was missed the last bus. It was getting dark when I decided to rest at the 6th Station and eat for the first time that day. The onigiri rice balls and coffee gave me the energy to reach the 5th Station and then to Fujinomiya via taxi for a painful 9500...

Some 'ripped' stones speak of a volcanic origin
Some 'ripped' stones speak of a volcanic origin

Despite all this, I don’t feel disappointed that I wasn't able to reach the summit. On the contrary I am very grateful that the day of my climb was so warm and bright and that I could get so far on my own. There I was, standing there with the clouds as companions and enjoying the solemn silence of Mt. Fuji.

The descent was really harsh
The descent was really harsh

The physical effort cleared my mind from any and all fussy human thoughts and I am grateful for meeting all the kind people from different countries who were very friendly and helpful. One couple from the USA gave me some medicine that helped adjust my blood pressure for which I was very grateful. Many people greeted me, wished me well and seemed truly concerned about my welfare.

These are very precious memories in my life!

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: https://gurushots.com/f10384/photos Matane!

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Cathy Cawood 7 months ago
You got farther than I did, Elena! Fuji-san is a very big mountain, and the trail is steep.
Elena Lisina Author 7 months ago
Yes, it is! I wish I had better health :( But I really enjoyed grand views and met so many friendly people, so I'm satisfied. And above that - the weather was wonderful!
Kim B 8 months ago
I love your positive attitude! It’s absolutely still a wonderful achievement to do what you did!

The landscape really does look like what I would expect on Mars!!
Elena Lisina Author 8 months ago
Thank you! Now it's a good memory, but walking down was really painful and seemed too long. I hurried for the last bus and mistook stations - that was a bitter moment. I think I had to eat something during the trip, but I only drank water.