A New York Times travel piece notes the advantages of a night hike up Mount Fuji:

… my most persistent memory of Mount Fuji remains the night climb in clear, cold air, when the sense of adventure was keen and darkness wrapped me in the mountain’s mystery. That was a walk on the wild side, though all things considered a hike up Mount Fuji is more a cultural than a wilderness experience.

A popular site, commercialized and accessible, it’s near one of the most crowded urban areas on earth. But somehow the power and sacred essence still linger on Mount Fuji like the snow, though you may need Zen mind to perceive it. Like so much of life, Fuji-san is easier to romanticize in a postcard or a poem – or in the dark. Which is finally the best reason to climb it at night.

More Fuji-related links at Gadling.com.