2017-02-19

Sea of Trees to Summit Part 2: Climbing Mt. Fuji through Aokigahara Forest (青木ヶ原樹海)

...and back into the heart of the forest we dove:




   And found holes...BIG holes. In this area (south east of road 71/northwest quadrant of Mt. Fuji's base) there were several large caves and holes, seemingly in much more abundance than near the Lava & ice caves.





Whatever this root curled around obviously came out the loser in what was likely a years-long fight for survival...

   Based on the shape, I think this should be called Jabba the Cave. This is connected to a 2~3 km long cave.




   Some creepyness here. I wonder who and why(??!?) did someone (...or something?) feel the urge/need to look for several softball-sized rocks and pile them up like this...

...and I hope this lonesome hat we found on the trail was dropped by accident, not because the owner had no use for it (and life in general) anymore. Either way, we left it where it was... 

After having gotten off the trail earlier in the day, it was good to know we were back on the right path...





A somewhat seemingly oddly placed tree(?) farm, where we took a break to eat and rest.


    Here we crossed under the Fuji Subaru (*which means 'constellation', not 'Japanese car maker') Line toll road.



   This map, unlike Google Maps, clearly shows the trail we mostly took after turning off of 71. 

   The only wide open space we saw until...



...we reached the 5th station, got some food, had a celebratory beer...

...then laid down, outside at first, then later inside the rest/vending machine area, to get some much needed sleep.

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