Shizuoka may control numbers of climbers allowed to scale Mount Fuji

JIJI

The Shizuoka Prefectural Government is considering proposing an ordinance to limit the number of people allowed to climb Mount Fuji, according to Gov. Heita Kawakatsu.

The move reflects an expected increase in the number of climbers of Japan’s tallest mountain, which was granted UNESCO World Heritage status last month.

The 3,776-meter volcano straddles the border of Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures.

“There is naturally an acceptable number,” Kawakatsu said Monday.

In June, traffic near the Fujinomiya trail entrance in Shizuoka Prefecture grew 1.5-fold from a year before to 10,400 vehicles.

“It is dangerous if 150 people visit a place with a capacity of 100,” Kawakatsu said.

After considering the results of the coming joint test collection with Yamanashi of entrance fees from Fuji climbers and monitoring their numbers, the two prefectures will join forces to consider regulating access to the mountain, Kawakatsu said.

On a rule regulating the number of cars at trail heads, Kawakatsu said it would be desirable for the rule to be applied for the whole climbing season.