Japan imposes new rules for climbing Mount Fuji due to excessive tourism

Japan imposes new rules for climbing Mount Fuji due to excessive tourism

Tokyo — Those who want to hike one of the most popular trails on the iconic Mount Fuji in Japan Now they will have to book in advance and pay a fee as the picturesque volcano battles overtourism, litter and those who rashly try to climb it at night to see the sunrise, putting lives at risk.

Yamanashi Prefecture announced in a statement Monday new rules for the climbing season, which begins July 1 and ends Sept. 10, for hikers hiking the Yoshida Trail on the Yamanashi side of Mt. 3,776 meters (12,300 ft) high, declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2013.

Only 4,000 climbers per day will be allowed on the trail; 3,000 spots can be reserved online for 2,000 yen ($18), and the remaining 1,000 can be reserved in person on the day of the climb.

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