Mount Fuji in Japan to Enforce Visitor Limit and Fees for Climbers

by Alice

Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage site located a few hours from Tokyo, is set to introduce measures to control tourism at the popular destination. Effective immediately, the local Yamanashi prefectural government has passed regulations to restrict the number of daily climbers to a maximum of 4,000 individuals, as reported by CNN. Additionally, climbers will be required to pay a fee of ¥2,000 ($13.50) per person.

These measures are part of a broader initiative aimed at enhancing safety and preserving the integrity of the mountain environment. New guides will be stationed on Mount Fuji to oversee adherence to safety protocols and etiquette, including preventing camping along trails and the ignition of fires.


Governor Koutaro Nagasaki of Yamanashi Prefecture emphasized the importance of these measures in safeguarding Mount Fuji’s status as a global treasure. “By strongly promoting comprehensive safety measures for climbing Mount Fuji, we will ensure that Mount Fuji, a treasure of the world, is passed on to future generations,” Nagasaki stated in an interview with CNN.


Statistics from 2019 indicate that approximately five million people embarked on hikes up Mount Fuji, underscoring the significance of managing visitor numbers. Recommendations from the Fujisan World Cultural Heritage Council advise climbers to opt for less crowded times, such as weekdays or early mornings, to alleviate congestion.


The climbing season for Mount Fuji typically spans from July to September, offering enthusiasts the opportunity to ascend the iconic stratovolcano, which stands at a height of about 12,388 feet and is often adorned with a snow-capped peak.

In addition to the adjustments at Mount Fuji, travelers to Japan will encounter other cost increases. The price of the popular Japan Rail Pass has been raised to 50,000 yen ($337.30) for a 7-day pass when purchased from authorized retailers. This adjustment follows enhancements to the train service, including line extensions and updates to reservation systems.

Furthermore, Japan is rolling out a digital nomad program, granting foreign visitors from 49 countries and territories, including the United States, the opportunity to travel and work simultaneously in Japan, in a bid to promote tourism expansion.



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