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[Signs along the road indicate you're on the Fujiyoshida Trail]
There is a road next to the Fuji Sengen Shrine, and people will tell you that this is the path up the mountain.Yes and no.It goes up the mountain, but there is also an adjacent foot path that the signs will direct you to after a short distance.
[The path I followed, not sure if I was going up Mt. Fuji as I couldn't actually see it]
The sign that tells you when to cut over will be overhead on your right-hand side as you’re heading up the mountain – it’s all in Japanese, as I recall, but with a large hiker and a large arrow pointing the way, the meaning is quite clear.The trickier part is noticing the small sign then on your left that directs you onto a narrow strip of dirt and trampled weeds that is your actual foot path.And there you will stay.For hours, and hours, and hours…
[Later on, I got the occasional sign like this...they're all in Japanese, but the meaning is clear: you are on the right path, and you have a looooong way to go.]