My co-workers (ended up being only two long-term staff, one volunteer staff, and two short-term staff) and I decided it would be a good thing to do together to bond as a team. I was of course thrilled about that idea, having wanted to go for a long time. After almost six years living in Japan, I finally made it! With all the build up, I honestly thought it might have been anti-climactic. A lot of people told me I should climb Mt. Fuji once. Some friends told me it's actually not that beautiful to climb. They said it's a volcano. I agreed with them, thinking that seeing Mt. Fuji from the tops of other mountains was probably more exciting than trekking through volcanic rock. But I was so very wrong! It was stunning!! The view was incredible!! The word we kept using was majestic. Even after the sunrise was over, I was still perpetually in awe. I will never tell someone casually that if they have the chance they should climb it once. If you can at all make it happen, climbing Mt. Fuji is 100% absolutely and completely worth it (pray for good weather, because we were blessed with pretty much perfect conditions.) I still REALLY want to climb Mt. Fuji any chance I get.
Many of these photos were taken by my co-workers, one of whom guided us since it was his third time. Thank you Taketo-san!