If you need some inspiration to get more active, we’ve found it for you. There is a 93-year-old Japanese man out there who hiked Japan’s 3,776 metre Mount Fuji. And wait there’s more. He’d done it before and he plans to do it again.
The hike to the top of this famous mountain is considered to be very challenging and on average it takes a fit person around 6 to 10 hours to climb.
The Japan Times has just shared the incredible tale of Masashi Toyoda from Toyohashi in Japan who became the oldest person to arrive at Mount Fuji’s Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha shrine in 2017.
“My body is not as strong as before, but I would like to climb (Fuji) again this year.”
It’s not the first time this incredible man has climbed Mount Fuji either. He first made it to the top at 76-years-old and has returned almost every year to reach the summit of the mountain a total of 20 times.
What a legend!
“Mount Fuji is a symbol of Japan, so the sense of achievement you feel is different,” he said.
Toyoda only started hiking at age 74 after he quit working as president of a construction company.
The first mountain he climbed was Mount Hongu in Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture, which has an elevation of 789 meters.
“I was sweating and panting all the way up, but I felt such a sense of accomplishment as if I had conquered the mountain,” he told The Japan Times.
Even now, he continues to climb Mount Hongu more than 20 times every month. Yes, you read that right. This guy is hiking that mountain most days!
A health scare didn’t deter this guy either. At 80 he suffered a stroke near the start of the trail for Mount Hongu. He drove himself to a hospital where he stayed for two months undergoing rehabilitation.
Who can guess what he did a couple of days after being discharged? He climbed up Mount Hongu again.
“When I was in the hospital, all I could think about was getting back up the mountain as soon as possible,” he said.
To say we’re impressed is an understatement.
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