Mount Fuji habitats threatened by foreign flora

Sep 15, 2013

Mount Fuji habitats threatened by foreign flora

by Ryoichi Numata

Alien plants believed to have been unwittingly transported by tourists to Mount Fuji are threatening to destroy or damage the ecosystem of the nation’s newest World Heritage site and even its landscape, researchers say. In a recent study of plants along the Fuji Subaru ...

Aug 6, 2013

Test of Mount Fuji fee collection called success

by Masaaki Kameda

Yamanashi and Shizuoka took in more than ¥34 million from climbers willing to pay a fee to scale Mount Fuji, which straddles the prefectures, during a 10-day trial period this summer, prefectural officials said Tuesday. The voluntary admission fee of ¥1,000 charged between July ...

Aug 1, 2013

Fuji climbers up 35% by late July

A record 79,057 people hiked up Mount Fuji in the first three weeks of July, the Environment Ministry said Thursday, crediting the mountain’s UNESCO World Heritage status, bestowed in June, for the increased turnout. The number of climbers, an increase of 35 percent from ...

Escape plans in works for Fuji eruption

Jul 31, 2013

Escape plans in works for Fuji eruption

The Yamanashi, Shizuoka and Kanagawa prefectural governments are working out evacuation plans for a possible violent eruption of Mount Fuji, amid elation over the adding of Japan’s highest mountain to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage cultural sites. Mount Fuji, a 3,776-meter volcano, has erupted ...

Major temblor could trigger Fuji eruption

Jul 16, 2013

Major temblor could trigger Fuji eruption

The iconic, 3,776-meter-high Mount Fuji may violently erupt if a major earthquake were to rip open its magma chamber, according to a team of researchers. The researchers include those from the state-run National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, or AIST. Mount Fuji, ...

Jul 9, 2013

Shizuoka may control numbers of climbers allowed to scale Mount Fuji

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 ...