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Which sand run is better....​the Gotemba trail or the Subashiri trail?

by Maxime
(Japan)

Hi,

Thank you very much for your extremely helpful website !

There's only one (and a half) thing I couldn't really find an answer to : for a nicer experience, I was thinking of climbing the Yoshida Trail and going down another route. First of all, do you think it's a good idea ?

If you do, I'm having trouble choosing the route down, between ​​the Gotemba trail and the Subashiri trail.

Apparently, both have the nice "sand run." The Subashiri trail seems easier (and maybe more connected for the return trip to Tokyo), but do you know if there is a "better" sand run out of the two ?

I hope you have the time to read and answer ! Sorry for the trouble.

Thank you very much.

Maxime

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Jul 14, 2015
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by: Maxime

Thank you very much !

I think I'll go down the Subashiri route. That way, even if some of my party don't like it, it should be shorter than the Gotemba route (even if only a little).

Thank you again, for your answer and your whole site. :)

Jul 14, 2015
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by: Gary Wolff

Thanks, Maxime.

Yes, I think a lot of folks go up the Yoshida route and down another.

Sorry, I'm not familiar with which sand run is better, but I can refer you to 2 stories written for my site and which are both featured in my Climbing Mt. Fuji book:

https://www.garyjwolff.com/hints-from-a-successful-2012-summit-via-gotemba-trail-and-a-2009-fail-via-subashiri-trail.html (David liked going down the Gotemba route)

https://www.garyjwolff.com/my-2012-climb-on-the-kawaguchiko-and-gotemba-routes.html (Jenny DIDN'T like going down the Gotemba route) :-)

Hopefully these differing, yet very informative, perspectives will help with your decision making. Best wishes...

Cheers,
Gary

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