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Is it true you can rent horses from Mt. Fuji's 5th Station???

by ann
(maine)

ok maybe it is here and i have missed it (would not be the first time;) i read somewhere you can rent a horse and ride from station 5 to 7, but i cannot find details. which route? how much? is it respectable or totally 'cheating'?

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Aug 30, 2015
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It's now official! Sadly the answer is YES.
by: Gary Wolff

It's TRUE! I saw them with my own eyes. :-)

In one of the millions of brochures I picked up last week @ Mt. Fuji's 5th Station was a pic of one of the veteran horses named Akabee Gou, who's even hoofed it to Mt. Fuji's summit. Bless his heart!

Yes, horses have played a key role in Mt. Fuji's rich history, having since ancient times carried people's luggage, transported construction materials, and even delivered supplies to the mountain huts. Nowadays Mt. Fuji's 16 horses also help out folks with minor injuries or others too tired to hike.

Mt. Fuji 5th Station horses in their raincoats
Mt. Fuji 5th Station horses in their raincoats on Aug. 20, 2015


Aug 26, 2015
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Mt Fuji Horse Rental Pricing
by: Anonymous

I took a picture of the horse renting prices when I climbed Mt. Fuji in July 2014 (no, I didn't cheat): Mt. Fuji 5th Station horse rental prices


Jul 28, 2015
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Oh, NO!!!!!! (#2)
by: Gary Wolff

When you get a chance, please check out the 1:29 min. mark of this video: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2zgl8t

OMG!

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p.s. Please have a look @ the pic in the "Access to Yoshida Trail" section about halfway down this page: http://www.useful-tips-japan.com/sightseeing/trails-to-climb-mt-fuji-yoshida/

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Jul 26, 2015
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Oh, NO!!!
by: Gary Wolff

Ann, I was hoping & praying you were joking, but then I found this page where 3 different places they mention rental horses up to the Yoshida Trail's 7th Station: http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/kokuritsukoen/en/miryoku/hiking/course1.html

Ouch! PLEASE TELL ME IT AIN'T SO!!

I'm still hoping & praying that this page is obsolete, inaccurate, and that horse rentals are no longer possible. :-)

I burnt out about 4 decades ago having to dodge voluminous amounts of horse poop while climbing up America's gorgeous Rocky Mountains. Uh, no thanks.

Perhaps another visitor to this page who's recently climbed up the Yoshida Trail can vouch for whether there are really rental horses between the Yoshida Trail's 5th & 7th Stations.

Oh, and definitely YES....it's TOTALLY cheating!! :-)


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