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Ticket system for Mount Fuji is coming

Japan's landmark, Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji in Japan attracts numerous tourists, but the associated mass tourism is putting a significant strain on the UNESCO World Heritage site. The Japanese government will no longer tolerate this development and is now implementing countermeasures.

The Yamanashi Prefecture administration announced that from now on only 4,000 climbers will be allowed to climb Mount Fuji via the most popular path, the Yoshida Trail. A ticket for this route will cost around twelve euros.

Booking of these tickets is scheduled for the hiking season from July to September and will start online on May 20. To accommodate spontaneous visitors, at least 1,000 tickets are held back daily for same-day bookings.

The summit of the 3,776-meter-high Mount Fuji is covered in snow almost all year round. In summer, over 220,000 hikers attempt to conquer its steep and rocky slopes each year. Many climb at night to experience the sunrise from above.

The popularity of Mount Fuji as a Japanese national symbol places considerable strain on the surrounding regions due to crowds of tourists who often come just to take a photo of the summit.

Tourists invade gardens and leave rubbish behind

At a particularly popular photo spot, where Mount Fuji appears to be towering behind a supermarket, local authorities are now taking measures to contain the problem: a large black screen will be installed there to block the view of the mountain. Local residents had complained that tourists were entering their property and leaving rubbish behind in search of the perfect photo.


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