Mount Fuji finds mixed success with tolls

| Sep 29, 2014

Mount Fuji finds mixed success with tolls

by Masaaki Kameda

As the Mount Fuji climbing season drew to a close earlier this month, authorities were assessing the success of a new ¥1,000 voluntary climbing fee, which almost half of hikers skipped paying. It was introduced this year following a trial in 2013. Formally called ...

Mount Fuji photo taken from Kyoto for first time

Sep 26, 2014

Mount Fuji photo taken from Kyoto for first time

The summit of Mount Fuji for the first time has been successfully photographed in far-away Kyoto Prefecture, one of 20 prefectures where, given the right conditions, the mountaintop can be viewed. According to Hiroshi Tashiro, a geographer and part-time lecturer at Meiji Gakuin University, ...

Sep 16, 2014

Fuji trail areas without toilets raising waste concerns

Human waste left behind by climbers using sections of trails on Mount Fuji where there are no toilets have raised concerns about whether the mountain’s pristine scenery can be maintained, after the iconic volcano was last year added to UNESCO’s World Heritage site list, ...

Jul 26, 2014

Narita Express launches direct runs to Mount Fuji

The Narita Express started direct runs Saturday from Narita International Airport to stations close to Mount Fuji, linking the nation’s main gateway with the World Heritage site in roughly 3½ hours. The daily roundtrip service, which will run on weekends and holidays on a ...

Royal purple surrounds majestic Mount Fuji

Jun 19, 2014

Royal purple surrounds majestic Mount Fuji

by Akira Okubo

Among the photo opportunities featuring Mount Fuji, there’s one that shouldn’t be missed: The majestic icon towering behind Lake Kawaguchiko in Yamanashi Prefecture, with a bed of vibrant purple lavender in the foreground. From spring to fall, Lake Kawaguchiko, one of the Fuji Five ...

Narita Express train headed to Mount Fuji

Jun 17, 2014

Narita Express train headed to Mount Fuji

by Atsushi Kodera

The Narita Express railway service will run all the way to Mount Fuji starting this summer, offering travelers a potential way to skip the capital and its congested railway interchanges. The distinctive red and black N’ex cars currently link the Tokyo area to Narita ...