On a Mountain High in Japan
By Garry Sonter
Ten years ago I dared to climb Mt. Fuji, Japan’s most famous mountain and was awed by its shear size. I had never before hiked so high or stood with the world at my feet looking over a sea of clouds. There were hundreds of people including young and old making their way to the top. Mt. Fuji was a busy place and I am not one to like large crowds but the experience was truly amazing.
On my latest visit to Japan I not only revisited Mt Fuji and rejoined the hoards of people on a pilgrimage to the summit, I also found another place that exists high in the clouds – a place of respite from mainstream Japan – a place of scenic views and treacherous trails. This paved the way for a physical, exciting and deeply moving experience in the North Japan Alps.