How can I get from Gotemba Station to Sengen Shrine really early in the morning on my climbing day?
First, thanks for all the great information you provide with your website. It's the best source of information I've found anywhere on climbing Mt. Fuji!
20 years ago I had the opportunity to climb Mt. Fuji while stationed in Okinawa as a Marine, but at the last minute I was unable to make the trip. This July I'm getting a second chance to climb with some friends while their on vacation. The plan is to meet them during their trip and do part of the climb together. Since their 8 year old son will be with them, their plan is to hike the Subashiri trail, stay in a hut at the summit overnight, catch the sunrise and hike back down the Subashiri or Gotemba trail.
My plan is a little more ambitious... Assuming good weather, I'm going to start at the original Station One (Sengen Shrine) and meet them at the summit, spend the night, and come back down with them. We will all be staying before and after in Gotemba.
Question - How can I get from Gotemba Station to Sengen Shrine really early in the morning on my climbing day?
I have not seen any bus options and I'm not even positive I could use or afford a 40-minute cab ride. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your help!