Olympics Aug 10, 2018

2020 cycling courses set

Local organizers announced the road cycling courses for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday and declared them "extremely difficult." The 244-km route for the men's race starts in suburban western Tokyo and winds its way through Kanagawa and Yamanashi prefectures before finishing at Fuji Speedway ...

Second Mt. Fuji route opens to climbers

National Jul 10, 2014

Second Mt. Fuji route opens to climbers

A second trekking route to the summit of Mt. Fuji opened on Thursday, allowing hikers to begin the climb from Shizuoka Prefecture. But heavy snow near the top meant the upper reaches of two other routes from the prefecture remain closed. Local officials marked the ...

Editorials Jul 15, 2013

Keeping Mount Fuji safe and clean

The U.N. designation of Mount Fuji as a World Heritage cultural site is something to celebrate, but it imposes moral obligations on local governments and hikers.

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" ...

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 ...