Japan's Mount Fuji to Implement Visitor Cap, Fees for Climbers

The government will also place new guides on the mountain to manage safety and enforce etiquette.

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Japan’s Mount Fuji is implementing a daily visitor cap and charging a fee in an effort to limit tourism to the popular site.

The gorgeous mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site that sits a couple hours from Tokyo, will now limit daily climbers to no more than 4,000 per day, CNN reported. The local Yamanashi prefectural government has also voted to charge climbers ¥2,000 ($13.50) per person.

The government will also place new guides on the mountain to manage safety and enforce etiquette like ensuring people don’t sleep by the side of the trail or start fires.

“By strongly promoting comprehensive safety measures for climbing Mount Fuji, we will ensure that Mount Fuji, a treasure of the world, is passed on to future generations,” Koutaro Nagasaki, governor of Yamanashi Prefecture, told CNN.

In total, about five million people hiked Mount Fuji in 2019, according to the network. Last year, the Fujisan World Cultural Heritage Council encouraged travelers intent on climbing to avoid the weekends and instead come during less crowded times like on weekdays or after sunrise.

The climbing season for Mount Fuji typically lasts from July to September.

Mount Fuji, a stratovolcano, stands alone and is often seen snow-capped. The site was inscribed on UNESCO’s list in 2013 and sits at about 12,388 feet in height.

Climbing this popular mountain isn’t the only thing travelers to Japan will have to shell out more money for. Japan also increased the price for its popular Japan Rail Pass, now charging 50,000 yen ($337.30) for a 7-day pass when purchased from an authorized retailer. The increase followed improvements to the train’s service, including extending lines and updating reservation systems.

The country is also launching a digital nomad program, allowing foreigners to travel to Japan and work at the same time in an effort to expand tourism. The visa will be offered to visitors from 49 countries and territories, including the United States.

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