I got to Kawaguchiko in the late evening, and at 5am the next morning I was up and getting ready for a hike. I got the first bus of the day to the 5th station where the trail start. In town it had been heavily overcast, but by the 5th station, 2300m above sea level, we were above the clouds. The mountain peak seemed incredibly close by, and hardly looked like much of a challenge. I felt like I could be at the top in twenty minutes.