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The famous volcano adorns numerous postcards and is a top photo motif for travelers to Japan, and climbing Mount Fuji has also become increasingly popular in recent years.
So popular, in fact, that the Japanese government is now planning measures to combat the crowds on site. Starting this summer, there is to be an upper limit on visitors to protect the UNESCO World Heritage Site from overcrowding and littering.
The Yoshida Trail, in particular, is said to have been used by more than half of the 221,000 people who climbed the mountain last year. From July 1, 2024, a maximum of 4,000 people per day will be allowed to climb the mountain, reports the travel reporter, among others. The ascent will only be possible between 2 am and 4 pm.
An access fee is also to be charged from this season (starting on July 1). How high this should be for hikers is still being discussed. So far, a donation of 1,000 yen (approx. $6.82) has been requested.