If you’re feeling a bit worn down and flat, prepared to be inspired by this 93-year-old Japanese man who casually climbed Japan’s famous Mount Fuji. Think your legs hurt after the gym? Try scaling a mountain at almost 100!
In case you aren’t familiar with Japan’s tallest mountain, this is all 3,776m of Mount Fuji ????
It is rather big, rather covered in snow and naturally requires an obscene level of fitness to conquer. Masashi Toyoda, from Toyohashi in Japan, has been logged as the oldest person to climb to Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha, a shrine at the foot of the mountain, in 2017.
The best part is, Toyoda only took up hiking seriously at 74 years old! After retiring he climbed Mount Hongu and while it was hard, the hiking bug soon had him joining up to a hiking club called Katakuri no Kai. In fact, Toyoda still climbs his first mountain 20 times on average a month, which leads us to believe the 789 metres of Mount Hongu is basically a casual walk in the park for him.
“I was sweating and panting all the way up, but I felt such a sense of accomplishment as if I had conquered the mountain.” – Toyoda on climbing Mount Hongu for the first time.
Toyoda has already survived a stroke and refuses to let age define his ability to do things. In fact, prior to his 2017 achievement, he’d already climbed Mount Fuji 20 times! Starting at 76 years old, it would be a challenging hike for anyone, but even more so for Toyoda, not that you would guess! Unsurprisingly he’s planning to do it all again, telling Japan Times, “My body is not as strong as before, but I would like to climb (Fuji) again this year.”
"Mount Fuji is a symbol of Japan, so the sense of achievement you feel is different. I’m also motivated by the fact that my name will remain in the records.” - Toyoda on climbing Mount Fuji.
You can only record your achievement in the log books at the Shrines if you’re 70 and over, and in 2017 there were over 2,000 hikers who fit the bill. Japan is a very fit country isn’t it? Want to know something else cool? He’s not even the oldest person to do it! The oldest climber ever recorded in the Shrines’ logbooks was 103 years old!
We’ll see you at the top!
— The Japan Times (@japantimes) March 27, 2018