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Mt. Fuji, From Umagaeshi but not climbing. ( Day Hike / Japan Mt. Fuji)

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Date:
17 Aug, 2019(Sat) [Day Trip]
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  Transport: Train Bus
To: Mini-van bus from Fujikyu Fujisan station to Umagaeshi BS 500 yen. No reservation required. If the passengers are more than 9, which is the mini-van capacity, they call taxis with the same price, 500 yen.
https://bus.fujikyu.co.jp/rosen/detail/id/5/#d_h01
From: Fujikyu Fujisan station

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   8:45 Fujisan Stataion
9:10 Mini-van bus left station
9:40 Arrived Umagaeshi terminal BS
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9:45 Start walking around Umagaeshi looking for flowers.
9:55 Start hiking down to Sengen Jinja.
11:00 Naka-no-chaya tea house
11:50 Sengenjinja
12:05 Fujisan station


Route Infomation:
   The trail from Umagaeshi to Sengenjija runs parallel with the narrow drive way.
There are several bus services from Sengenjinja to Fujisan station but it's only 20 to 30-minute walk to the station.

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I changed trains at Ohtsuki at 7:50. As it was the weekend of Obon holiday season, the train became fully seated.
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I changed trains at Ohtsuki at 7:50. As it was the weekend of Obon holiday season, the train became fully seated.
Arrived at Fujisan station at 8:45.
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Arrived at Fujisan station at 8:45.
Unfortunately Mt. Fuji was already covered with clouds, though I could see the tip of it on the train.
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Unfortunately Mt. Fuji was already covered with clouds, though I could see the tip of it on the train.
I didn't know the "bus" to Umagaeshi was Mini-van.
As there were nearly 20 passengers waiting for this, the company arranged taxis for those who couldn't get in this van with the same price, 500 yen.
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I didn't know the "bus" to Umagaeshi was Mini-van.
As there were nearly 20 passengers waiting for this, the company arranged taxis for those who couldn't get in this van with the same price, 500 yen.
Arrived at the terminal Umagaeshi 9:40. The drive way was so narrow that the mini-van is the maximum size that could drive on it.
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Arrived at the terminal Umagaeshi 9:40. The drive way was so narrow that the mini-van is the maximum size that could drive on it.
I planned this hike to look for this wild-flower, shide-shajin.
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I planned this hike to look for this wild-flower, shide-shajin.
I thought I could have difficulty finding it, but I actually found it near the Umagaeshi BS. But these are the only spot I found them this day.
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I thought I could have difficulty finding it, but I actually found it near the Umagaeshi BS. But these are the only spot I found them this day.
I also took pictures of wild flower, but I'll omit most of them. If you are interested in them, please check the original log in Japanese at:
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1978683.html
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I also took pictures of wild flower, but I'll omit most of them. If you are interested in them, please check the original log in Japanese at:
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1978683.html
I first went upward a couple of minutes to check the trail which leads to Yoshida-guchi 5th station and to the peak of Mt. Fuji. It is about 2,400m above this point, and it would take 6 to 10 hours even advanced hikers.
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I first went upward a couple of minutes to check the trail which leads to Yoshida-guchi 5th station and to the peak of Mt. Fuji. It is about 2,400m above this point, and it would take 6 to 10 hours even advanced hikers.
I came back to Umagaeshi in 10 minutes. The parking lot was full, and there were dozens of cars parking along the road. I guess most of the people parked here were hikers to the peak of Mt. Fuji
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I came back to Umagaeshi in 10 minutes. The parking lot was full, and there were dozens of cars parking along the road. I guess most of the people parked here were hikers to the peak of Mt. Fuji
I first chose to walk down the drive way.
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I first chose to walk down the drive way.
The forests at the skirt of Mt. Fuji is known as Jukai, or the sea of wood, which was said to be a dangerous area for strangers, because there was little footpring and compass didn't work because of the magnetic effusive rocks covering the area.
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The forests at the skirt of Mt. Fuji is known as Jukai, or the sea of wood, which was said to be a dangerous area for strangers, because there was little footpring and compass didn't work because of the magnetic effusive rocks covering the area.
The temperature was 21 degrees-C or 70 degrees-F. The humidity was high but not so tough for a downward hike.
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The temperature was 21 degrees-C or 70 degrees-F. The humidity was high but not so tough for a downward hike.
At this explanation signboard of former Ohishi chara tea house, I walked into the trail.
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At this explanation signboard of former Ohishi chara tea house, I walked into the trail.
The trail runs parallel with the drive way from Umagaeshi to Sengejinja, which was one of the main climbing routes until Subaru-line highway was open to the Yoshida-guchi 5th station.
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The trail runs parallel with the drive way from Umagaeshi to Sengejinja, which was one of the main climbing routes until Subaru-line highway was open to the Yoshida-guchi 5th station.
It was a gentle and cozy walk through woods.
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It was a gentle and cozy walk through woods.
11:00 I arrived at Naka-jo-chaya, the only tea house, or rest place, still open to the visitors. I hurriedly passed it because I found I could made the next express train from Fujisan station at 12:13.
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11:00 I arrived at Naka-jo-chaya, the only tea house, or rest place, still open to the visitors. I hurriedly passed it because I found I could made the next express train from Fujisan station at 12:13.
I half ran on the trail.
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I half ran on the trail.
Crossed a driveway. I had thought I might better run on it. but it was too hot so I continued to walk on the trail.
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Crossed a driveway. I had thought I might better run on it. but it was too hot so I continued to walk on the trail.
I passed several foreign hikers around this section. They seemed to stay one of many overcrowded mountain huts around 7th station today.
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I passed several foreign hikers around this section. They seemed to stay one of many overcrowded mountain huts around 7th station today.
There is a bus stop in front of Sengen Jinja shrine, but the road was jammed. I chose to walk to the station which seemed to be faster than the bus.
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There is a bus stop in front of Sengen Jinja shrine, but the road was jammed. I chose to walk to the station which seemed to be faster than the bus.
After a twenty-minute fast walk on the hot drive way, I came back to Fujisan station at 12:04.
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After a twenty-minute fast walk on the hot drive way, I came back to Fujisan station at 12:04.
The 12:13 express train was operated with two sightseer-trams and two ordinary trams.
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The 12:13 express train was operated with two sightseer-trams and two ordinary trams.
As I didn't have the seat reservation, I got on an ordinary tram. I thought it was crowded on this obon holiday weekend, but it wasn't probably because it was too early for the returners.
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As I didn't have the seat reservation, I got on an ordinary tram. I thought it was crowded on this obon holiday weekend, but it wasn't probably because it was too early for the returners.
I couldn't see Mt. Fuji on the train, unfortunately.
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I couldn't see Mt. Fuji on the train, unfortunately.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   This log is not exactly for a hiking, but I'll post this just to share a hint to Mt. Fuji climbing.

The point is Umagaeshi is an optional start point to Mt. Fuji for those who are tired of very crowded Fuji Subaru line 5th station route.

When I climbed Mt. Fuji, I used Fuji Subaru line 5th station, which is located 2,300 meters above the sea level, but it was a one-day "bullet" hike from 5 in the morning till 3 in the afternoon.

Compared with Fuji Subaru line 5th station, Umagaeshi is about 850 meters lower, but if you will stay at any of mountain huts below 7th station, about 1,400 meter ascent for the first day won't be an impossible plan, or even a reasonable plan if you don't mind overcrowded mountain huts, which can provide a single-bed space for three people on high season weekends.

[Rating of the trail, Kawagoe walk exclusive, for middle-aged beginner hikers, like myself
* The keys used in my logs are in: http://mountrec.com/modules/diary/629-detail-455
- Required Stamina: Level 2 of 5. Easy.
- Difficulty: Level 1. No difficult spots.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No scary place.
- Get lost? Level 2. There were a couple crossings of driveways, but if you have GPS tools on your cellphone there shouldn't be a problem.
- Photogenic? Level 1. If you are a wildflower lover, the level can be higher.
- Come again? Level 2. Too easy for a hike, and there was no grand mountain views, but as a flower-loving hiker I may come back in early summer.
- Comment: If you plan to walk from Fujikyu Fujisan station to Umagaeshi, it is about 10 km and the elevation-difference of the points are about 650 meters, so it would take three hours or more on foot.

The original log of this hike in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1978683.html
If you are interested in my other logs, please check
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