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 ...

May 17, 2013

Panel calls for evacuation plans for volcanic disasters

A government panel called on the central and local governments Thursday to draw up evacuation plans for large-scale volcanic disasters. The Cabinet Office panel, chaired by Toshitsugu Fujii, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, submitted the same day what are considered the ...

Heritage status will mean big changes

May 2, 2013

Heritage status will mean big changes

by Eric Johnston

Local and prefectural governments and businesses surrounding Mount Fuji welcomed the news that the World Heritage Committee is expected to designate Japan’s most famous and popular mountain as a World Heritage site, despite concerns about what it will mean to the local environment and ...

May 2, 2013

Hotelier's share price shoots up on good news

An operator of amusement parks and hotels at the foot of Mount Fuji saw its share price spike Wednesday after a UNESCO panel recommended that the iconic peak be granted World Heritage status. Shares in Fujikyuko Co. closed at ¥1,065, hitting its daily limit ...