Tag - mountains



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.
Bears doing yoga? If you’re in the city, why not?
PODCAST / deep dive
Nov 16, 2023
Bear goes the neighborhood? Japanese wildlife is on the move.
This week, Alex K.T. Martin joins us to discuss why people are encountering bears, boars and other wildlife in the most unlikely of places.
Former firefighter Yoshifumi Usui now guides tourists in search of active pursuits in and around the Aso caldera.
LIFE / Travel
Oct 21, 2023
In volcanic Aso, the land gives much more than it takes
Locals in Aso have a saying: “The land takes away, but it gives us something, too.”
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.
A man carrying shovels walks along an area affected by a flood near the bank of the Teesta River in Singtam, Sikkim, India, on Thursday.
Oct 7, 2023
A calamitous flood shows the dangers lurking in melting glaciers
At least 26 people were killed in the tiny state of Sikkim. But as much as the disaster was a shock, it was hardly a surprise.
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.
The first snow of the season is spotted on the peak of Mount Fuji on Thursday.
Oct 5, 2023
Mount Fuji gets first winter snowcap, five days later than in '22
The local observatory said snowfall was brought by clouds hovering over the peak due to a low-pressure system from late Tuesday night.
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.
Mount Fuji has seen a large increase in the number of hikers, prompting a local government to devise new ways to control visitor numbers.
Aug 29, 2023
Yamanashi governor proposes light rail system for Mount Fuji
The rail system, intended to address over-tourism, would replace the Fuji Subaru highway, which leads to one of the Mount Fuji’s fifth stations.
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.
Climbers at the 6th station of Mount Fuji's Fujinomiya trail in July
Aug 2, 2023
Locals warn Fuji-climbing visitors to take challenge seriously
The move comes after Japan's tallest peak reopened for hiking season and marked its 10th anniversary as a World Heritage site.
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
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jun 30, 2023
New research finds Mount Fuji may have erupted more often than previously thought
Scientists found that there were six eruptions between 5,050 and 3,900 years ago — a period of time that was previously thought to have seen little volcanic activity at Japan"s highest peak.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 29, 2023
Climate change can turn snow into rain, raising risks in mountain zones
A new study has found that for every 1 degree Celsius the planet warms, higher elevations can expect 15% more extreme rainfall.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves