Here is a request you don't find everyday. Last year, I climbed Mt. Fuji for the first time. I have to say it was a great hike and the sunrise looked awesome. I plan to go again this year and am currently rounding up a group of people who wants to go. Yes, I know it sounds a bit strange since we have never met. However, I like to think we have a bound and have one thing in common; we are both foreigners living in a foreign country. Agree?
My plan is that we all meet up at Shinjiku station with our pre-ordered round trip bus ticket. Get to the 5th station around 7pm and start our climb at no latter than 9pm. This will give us ample time to reach the summit in time to see the sunrise. The date is not set, but it will be either the 1st or 2nd week of August, preferable mid-week to avoid the crowds. First time interested souls, I strongly urge you to read up on other climbers who have posted their experiences on the Internet. Mt. Fuji is NOT as easy as you may have heard or read. I should know. I've climbed it last year. The ascend starts off with a mild walk through the forest than later have you on all fours humping up rocks. It sounds rough because it is. But in the end, you will enjoy a spectacular view of the sunrise at 3,776m.
If you have further questions or interested, please contact me for further details. Looking forward to a great and safe hike this year and also meeting new faces.