A group of us had a plan to hike up Mount Fuji. There is a fair amount of preparation necessary for such an endeavor. You need comfortable hiking shoes, water proof outer clothing, jacket, hiking pants, etc. You also need to pack a lunch or bring enough money to buy the expensive food on the mountain. You'll need some money to take care of other business too. There is a 100 to 200 yen "donation" required for use of the restrooms.
The mountain beckons!
Getting ready for the hike at Station 5.
View on my way up
I made it to Station 7! Yeah!
I made it to Station 8! But, my pace was too slow to keep going and still have time to get back to Station 5 in time for transportation. So...
I found the Station 8 bailout point and headed back down the mountain.
The view was nice up there, being above the clouds.
Heading back down
After I got back to civilization....
...I got myself a green tea ice cream, and all was better. I then waited for the rest of the team to return from the peak.