SHIZUOKA – The two prefectures that share Mount Fuji officially adopted plans Wednesday to set a voluntary ¥1,000 admission fee for people who hike up the peak starting this summer.
Yamanashi and Shizuoka will use the revenue to maintain facilities such as first-aid stations and toilets.
The voluntary fee is aimed at adults climbing farther than the fifth station. Payments above ¥1,000 will also be accepted.
Prefectural authorities had been in talks to implement the scheme to fund environmental preservation and safety measures for climbers after Fuji was registered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO last June.