Climbing Mount Fuji is an activity that sits atop the bucket list of many Japan travelers, owing to the combination of its cultural and spiritual significance, the relative ease of access compared to many other mountains around the world, and the personal achievement element. With that popularity comes some problems, however, with trails becoming increasingly crowded and the growing issue of what is known as "bullet climbing."
In an effort to combat these concerns, Yamanashi Prefecture officials have announced that a 2000 JPY fee (approximately $13.40 USD at the time of writing) will be charged to climbers of the Yoshida Trail commencing from the summer 2024 season. This charge is in addition to the voluntary 1000 JPY ($6.70 USD) suggested contribution for mountain upkeep and conservation.
Alongside the new fee, a gate will be set up at the 5th Station of the Yoshida Trail which will see the route closed from 4pm until 3am daily unless you have an overnight reservation at one of the huts on the mountain. These measures are being implemented to stop the aforementioned bullet hiking trend that has been observed more frequently, which comes with a variety of dangers including altitude sickness and a focus on speed rather than safety.
If you are considering climbing Mount Fuji either this year or in the future, be sure to check out our helpful guide for everything you need to know during the preparation stage!
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