Japan to Implement Mount Fuji Climbing Fee Starting July 2024

Japan to Implement Mount Fuji Climbing Fee Starting July 2024

New policies seek to solve safety concerns and overcrowding issues.

Starting 1 Jul 2024, climbers will have to pay a tourist fee to access the popular Yoshida trail on Mount Fuji in Japan. The exact fee amount will be announced in February. Keep reading for more information. 

Also read: 10 Scenic Stays Near Mount Fuji for the Best Views

What to know about the new Mount Fuji climbing fee

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This new policy comes because Mount Fuji faces an over-tourism problem, having become increasingly popular with tourists in recent years. The fee aims to strengthen climber safety, prevent overcrowding, and tackle a worsening littering problem. 

The fee from tourist climbers will help fund improved safety measures on Mount Fuji, such as the construction of shelters meant to be used in the event of a volcanic eruption. The fee will also be used for the maintenance of Mount Fuji.

In addition to the Mount Fuji climbing fee, there are other anti-overcrowding regulations that will soon take effect. For one, there will be a daily limit of 4,000 climbers on Mount Fuji. Climbers will also be prohibited from starting their climb between 4pm to 2am. 

Mount Fuji follows the footsteps of other popular mountains in the world, such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest, that already charge a climbing fee.

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