National 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 the ...

Searching for Mount Fuji

Travel Jun 2, 2013

Searching for Mount Fuji

by Winifred Bird

Japan is full of good place names. Who can resist Utsukushigahara (Beautiful Field) in Nagano Prefecture, Ginza (Golden Seat) in Tokyo or the sad irony of Fukushima — Isle of Good Fortune?

Editorials 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 ...

National May 21, 2013

UNESCO head welcomes Fuji heritage proposal

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova has said Japan's iconic Mount Fuji is "a bearer" of cultural and intangible heritage for its influence on tradition, expressing pleasure that the mountain is almost certain to become a World Heritage site. "We are all happy about this recommendation" ...

Heritage status will mean big changes

National 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 ...

Business / Corporate 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 and ...

Hikers may be kept off Fuji except in summer

National Apr 5, 2013

Hikers may be kept off Fuji except in summer

As Japan waits to hear in June the fate of its bid to win World Heritage status for iconic Mount Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture and the central government are jointly trying to come up with a new guideline to increase safety that may ...

Admission fee for Mount Fuji in works: Yamanashi, Shizuoka governors

National Feb 25, 2013

Admission fee for Mount Fuji in works: Yamanashi, Shizuoka governors

The governors of Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures have warned they might start charging an admission fee to visit Mount Fuji in a bid to finance environmental efforts on the iconic mountain. Yamanashi Gov. Shomei Yokouchi said the two prefectures, whose borders are straddled by Japan's ...

Fuji eruption could force 567,000 people to evacuate

National Jan 30, 2013

Fuji eruption could force 567,000 people to evacuate

An eruption of Mount Fuji could force some 567,000 people to evacuate their homes, according to a new estimate. The projection is part of an evacuation plan crafted by the Shizuoka Prefectural Government that also says more than 130,000 people, comprising some 50,000 households, would ...

How not to climb Mount Fuji

Travel Aug 5, 2012

How not to climb Mount Fuji

by Victoria James

If you're considering trekking Mount Fuji this year, look sharp — just four weeks remain of the official open season. But if you're making last-minute plans for an ascent of those conical 3,776 meters, think carefully about what you're taking on. Unless, that is, ...