Tag - mountaineering



The mother of a student killed in a 2017 avalanche prays for her son at her home in Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, earlier this month.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 30, 2024
Three sentenced to two years in prison over 2017 avalanche deaths
The defendants guilty of professional negligence resulting in death and injury.
Shizuoka Prefecture will launch an online registration system for Mount Fuji climbers on June 10.
May 30, 2024
Shizuoka to launch registration system for Mount Fuji climbers in June
The use of the registration system will not be mandatory, but registration will require the viewing of a video on climbing rules and etiquette.
Visitors climb the slopes of Mount Fuji, Japan's highest peak at 3,776 meters. From May 20, climbers will have access to a new online booking system for Mount Fuji's most popular Yoshida trail in Yamanashi Prefecture.
JAPAN / Society
May 13, 2024
Online booking for Mount Fuji climb to open on May 20
Climbers will be able to reserve their places and pay the mandatory ¥2,000 ($13) climbing fee up to a day before their climb on the official website.
Hikers on Mount Fuji's Yoshida trail in Yamanashi Prefecture on Sept. 1, 2023
Mar 4, 2024
Yamanashi to collect ¥2,000 from Mount Fuji climbers
A gate will be installed at the entrance to the Yoshida Trail on the Yamanashi side of Mount Fuji, where fees will be collected from the July 1.
The Mount Kazafuki Ooike Pond in the village of Otari, Nagano Prefecture
Mar 2, 2024
Two taken to hospital after Nagano avalanche rescue
The two who were rescued after the avalanche on the 1,888-meter Mount Kazafuki, near the village of Otari in Nagano Prefecture, were conscious.
Mount Fuji's Yoshida trail in Yamanashi Prefecture crowded with hikers on Sept. 2. Shizuoka Prefecture has decided to restrict entrance to trails on the mountain during evenings from this summer, following a similar move by Yamanashi.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 14, 2024
Shizuoka joins Yamanashi Prefecture to restrict night climbing on Mt. Fuji
The measure aims to prevent unsafe attempts to scale Japan's tallest mountain for sunrise in one go without sleeping overnight.
Climbers watch the sunrise at the summit of Mount Fuji in August last year. The Yamanashi prefectural government had said it would restrict the number of climbers on the Yoshida Trail if overcrowding posed a danger, though it has yet to do so.
Feb 1, 2024
Mount Fuji climbers to face ¥2,000 fee from summer as tourism rises
The fee will be collected at a gate to be installed at the 5th station of the Yoshida Trail on the Yamanashi Prefecture side of the mountain.
Yamanashi Gov. Kotaro Nagasaki speaks at a news conference at the prefectural government office on Wednesday. The prefecture is set to begin charging people to climb Mount Fuji.
Dec 21, 2023
Yamanashi Prefecture to collect fees from Mount Fuji climbers
The prefecture will also control the number of climbers to ease congestion and prevent visitors from climbing through the night.
In residential areas, bears are said to be attracted to compost waste, persimmons and chestnuts.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 20, 2023
Bear attacks on the rise in Akita and Iwate due to lack of food
According to Akita Prefecture, a record 39 people were attacked from April through Oct. 11.
Mount Asahi, in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, is seen from Mount Sanbonyari. The bodies of four elderly hikers were found Saturday morning near a trail on Mount Asahi.
Oct 7, 2023
Four elderly hikers die near mountain trail in eastern Japan
The four, two men and two women, believed to be in their 60s and 70s, are likely to have lost their way on the 1,896-meter peak in the town of Nasu.
Rei Banno, 12, recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with her mother, accompanied by guides. She described having seen a “view I had never seen before.”
Oct 5, 2023
Japanese sixth grader conquers Mount Kilimanjaro
"I saw the huge sea of clouds that I had never seen before, and a feeling of happiness gradually spread within me," said Rei Banno.
Bear-caused deaths and injuries have been increasing and it is necessary for hikers to take precaution measures.
Oct 4, 2023
Japanese officials warn mountain hikers of bear attacks this fall
Bear-caused deaths and injuries have been increasing, prompting the government to warn hikers to take precautionary measures.
Visitors climb the slopes of Mount Fuji on Aug. 31. The mountain has long been a popular destination for both domestic and international travelers.
JAPAN / Society
Sep 17, 2023
Tourists have returned to Mount Fuji. Is that sustainable?
A spike in visitors has created various challenges, including overcrowding, littering, strained infrastructure and a shortage of guides and rescue teams.
Alpinist Yuichiro Miura, seated on an all-terrain wheelchair, waves after reaching the summit of Mount Fuji on Thursday.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 31, 2023
90-year-old Japanese alpinist summits Mount Fuji in wheelchair
Yuichiro Miura's triumph comes after struggles with his health. As a means of rehabilitation, he aspired to climb Japan's tallest peak.
Yamanashi Prefecture will work with police to restrict the number of hikers who can use a route to climb to the summit of Mount Fuji if it becomes dangerous from overcrowding.
Aug 10, 2023
Mount Fuji trail use to be restricted when overcrowded
The Yoshida Trail, located on the Yamanashi Prefecture side of the mountain, will become subject to limits from the 5th station.
Photo: Mount Fuji is shot from above so that you can see the trails leading to its summit.
PODCAST / deep dive
Jul 26, 2023
A tale of two Fujis: Bullet climbs, crowds and Lizzo
With the borders fully open, Mount Fuji is all booked up and Fuji Rock is back in full force. Drew Damron and Patrick St. Michel join us on the podcast to discuss Japan’s two favorite Fujis.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jul 1, 2023
Five climbs around Tokyo to get your Mount Fuji fix
Crowds dimming your hopes of a Mount Fuji climb this summer? These five peaks around Tokyo may be better options — with or without throngs of tourists.
Japan Times
Jun 22, 2023
Mount Fuji hiking season nears with warnings against 'bullet climbing'
There is growing concern that climbers unable to book a mountain hut en route to the summit will try to press on in the middle of the night, placing themselves in danger.
Japan Times
Jun 15, 2023
Record 3,506 people stranded on Japan mountains in 2022
An increasing number of cases were reported in and around the Tokyo metropolitan area, including at Mount Takao, a popular hiking destination on the outskirts of the capital.
Japan Times
Jun 13, 2023
Japanese officials call for Mount Fuji crowd control
Authorities have warned that an 'unprecedented' number of people were expected to tackle its steep symmetrical slopes this year.


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