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 ...

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 ...