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 ...

As new UNESCO site, Fuji set to beckon to masses

| Jul 8, 2013

As new UNESCO site, Fuji set to beckon to masses

by Masaaki Kameda

The official climbing season for Mount Fuji kicked off July 1 amid added fanfare over the iconic peak’s inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site in late June. Straddling Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, Japan’s highest peak, at 3,776 meters, has seen a surge ...

Hiking enthusiasts flock to Mount Fuji as climbing season opens

Jul 2, 2013

Hiking enthusiasts flock to Mount Fuji as climbing season opens

Hikers flocked to Mount Fuji on Monday as Japan’s highest mountain, which last month was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, opened for the climbing season. At the 3,776-meter summit, climbers cheered as the sun broke through the clouds at around 4:40 a.m. Monday. ...

UNESCO award spurs Fuji tourist guide frenzy

Jun 25, 2013

UNESCO award spurs Fuji tourist guide frenzy

by Tomohiro Osaki

Now that Mount Fuji has been inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Heritage sites, some tourism agencies are rushing to capitalize on the historic opportunity in the hopes that the decision will spur the mountain’s already robust popularity among foreign travelers. Hato Bus ...

Mount Fuji named World Heritage site

Jun 23, 2013

Mount Fuji named World Heritage site

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO decided Saturday to inscribe Mount Fuji on the U.N. agency’s prestigious World Heritage list. The 3,776-meter volcano straddling Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures was approved by the 21-member panel of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization during its ...

Mount Fuji has long been an icon

Jun 23, 2013

Mount Fuji has long been an icon

by Ted Taylor

In the land of Yamato, It is our treasure, our tutelary god. It never tires our eyes to look up To the lofty peak of Mount Fuji —Manyoshu This weekend, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee is expected to announce its approval of Japan’s Mount ...

Jun 22, 2013

Mount Fuji discussed by UNESCO

UNESCO began discussions Friday in Phnom Penh on 30 sites nominated for World Heritage recognition, including Mount Fuji. Sok An, Cambodian deputy prime minister and chair of the 37th World Heritage Committee meeting, announced the nominations list, which included sites in China, India and ...

Fuji traffic jam to grow even worse this season

Jun 20, 2013

Fuji traffic jam to grow even worse this season

Mount Fuji will likely see its summer traffic jam of hikers get even worse this year thanks to its expected addition to the World Heritage list. A symbol of Japan, the 3,776-meter peak is widely expected to be approved for the list at the ...

Fuji-bound hikers face summer fees

Jun 14, 2013

Fuji-bound hikers face summer fees

Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures will collect entrance fees from people seeking to climb Mount Fuji on a trial basis this summer. Yamanashi Gov. Shomei Yokouchi told reporters Wednesday in the town of Fujikawaguchiko that the prefecture “wants to move toward a trial this summer ...

May 22, 2013

Managing Mount Fuji's fame

Chances have increased that Mount Fuji will become a World Heritage site in June following an April 30 recommendation by a UNESCO panel. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) noted that the volcano is a national symbol of Japan and blends religious ...