7th Station on the Kawaguchiko Trail, Fuji, Japan
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Hinodekan Fuji Reviews
Hinodekan Sunrise Inn on Mt Fuji Jul 11, 2009
Located as the 2nd mountain hut at the 7th Station on the Kawaguchiko Trail, Hinodekan is one of the mountain huts that lined up the ascending trail on the Kawaguchiko Trail to Mt Fuji's summit.
Hinodekan is approximately 1.5 hours from Kawaguchiko's 5th Station and from Hinodekan it is approximately 4 hours to the summit.
It is clean and the staff with limited English staff were very friendly and accommodating.
Overnight stay price is from 6000yen to 7600yen (w/o meals to 1 or 2 meals - dinner and breakfast) - approx $60-$76
There is a small mini-store to buy drinks, food, candy, and batteries, etc. (at a higher price).
Toilet facilities are also available outside the hut with a requested donation of 100yen for usage.
Don't expect a fancy accomodation, afterall, hiking on Mt Fuji is far from a luxurious activity to embark on. (see photos and website for visuals)
We stayed overnight from 6pm until the 430am sunrise. With 2 meals (dinner and a bento box breakfast), it costs 7600 yen (approximately $76). We had hot green tea with curry & rice for dinner. For breakfast, we had a bento box of 2 onigiri (rice ball wrapped in dried seaweed, filled with usually pickled ume or salmon, or other variety).
We were placed at the attic sleeping area until midnight to accommodate those who leave earlier than us. It was quite dusty up there but by midnight, we moved on the regular sleeping quarters where there were rows of bunk beds and futons after nearly all the hikers left.
*Note: Mountain huts are NOT meant for sleeping with the constant activity - coming and going - of hikers. It is more of a rest stop.
*Tip: If you want sleep, wait until midnight when most of the hikers leave to continue their hike (and reach the summit just before midnight); however, 1 night accomodation is only from 5pm to 430am or sunrise.
Overall, it was a great experience!
Part of the Summer in Japan 2009 travel blog
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