How about starting from Fujinomiya 5th station and connecting with the Gotemba trail 6th station... at night?
Mt. Fuji shadow - Aug. 5, 2015
Thanks for your wonderful website! I organized my 2014 climb by reading all your stories and tips and thanks to this, my climb was PERFECT! I had to choose the Yoshida because all the others weren't open the day I choose to climb (weather cast was very uncertain ... a lot of rain mid-July).
That's why this year I want to choose another trail (less crowded) and will go this August 2015 (two climbs expected on different trails).
I am not afraid about the Gotemba ascent trail... at least from the 6th station, that's why I want to try the climb by starting at Fujinomiya 5th station (easy to go with bus) and connect with the Gotemba 6th station by taking the "Hoei Crater path." This will allow me to climb at night in silence and avoid the "August" crowd (Japanese and tourists).
QUESTION: By checking the map, it looks easy to connect the two trails, but I would like to know if someone has made the same "circuit"? Is it easy to lose one's way between the two trails at night (even with a 520 lumens headlamp)?