Starting Monday, July 1, Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan will charge a 2,000 yen entrance fee to all travelers wishing to ascend Mount Fuji via the Yoshida Trail, the most popular route to the summit.

The fee is part of an effort to control overtourism and prevent unsafe climbs, as well as limiting the number of daily visitors to 4,000.

“With the increasing number of climbers visiting Mount Fuji, there has been an increase in accidents caused by overcrowding near the summit, as well as negative environmental impact due to illegal littering and misbehavior by spontaneous climbers,” Yamanashi Governor Kotaro Nagasaki said in June during a test of the new system. “Overtourism at Mount Fuji is an urgent problem that cannot wait to be addressed and has been a challenge since it was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2013. Therefore, we are launching a new initiative that will boost our overtourism prevention measures.”

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The fee will apply only to the most popular and used route on the mountain, the Yoshida Trail, so those planning to go beyond the 5th Station will have to pay a fee of 2,000 yen at the entrance. Payment can be made in cash or by credit card.

Visitors who pay admission will receive a wristband that they must use to enter through a gate that has been temporarily installed.

The gate will be open from 3:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., so entry outside of these hours will be restricted.

In addition, Yamanashi Prefecture will provide daily updates on the number of people who have started the trail through the official account of Mount Fuji on X.

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To avoid an unpleasant surprise, it is recommended to book the visit in the Mount Fuji Official Site and pay in advance for a specific day during Fiji’s hiking season, which runs from July 1 to September 10.


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