Yamanashi, Shizuoka plan Mount Fuji entrance fees in summer 2014

JIJI

Starting in summer 2014, hiking to the top of Mount Fuji is going to take money as well as strong legs.

The Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectural governments agreed Tuesday to start collecting entrance fees from climbers setting out for the summit from the fifth station.

Fuji has recently been recommended as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The two prefectures plan to finalize details of the fee system, including how much to charge and how to collect the money, by the end of this year.

During a meeting Tuesday in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, however, the two sides failed to agree on whether they will collect entrance fees on a trial basis this summer.

Shizuoka wants to carry out the test program while Yamanashi remains cautious. Representatives of municipal governments and residents also attended the meeting.