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Around the corner and up a few steps from Umagaeshi was the First Station. A small, dilapidated shine, closed, stood behind a sign that informed me of my official standing, along with a small note on my elevation: 1,520 meters.
Heading on towards the Second Station, the path was much wider than it had been on the initial foot path leading towards the official trail. I was trekking through a rather dense forest, just as I had been below the First Station. I couldn’t see the top of Mt. Fuji, and I hadn’t been able to see it since before entering the Fuji Sengen Shrine at the bottom. Until I had made it onto the official trail, I hadn’t always been wholly certain that I was on the right path – seeing the First Station marker was a thing I was truly grateful for.
[The path above First Station]