Friday, 24th January 2014
In General Japan News,
Fuji climbers to pay fee
Climbing to the top of the Japanese mountain Mount Fuji is often on the bucket list of the more intrepid visitors to the country, but from July, the journey will no longer be free.
Local governments of the Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures - both of which have a claim to the iconic landmark - have approved a system that will see them collect a fee of 1,000 yen from climbers when the mountain trails open.
However, it will at first be collected on a voluntary basis, with the trial concluding in mid-September. It will then be decided whether or not to take the scheme further.
At 3776 metres above sea level, the peak of Mount Fuji is the highest in Japan. Climbing to the summit is an immensely popular activity among foreign tourists and the locals alike.
Those interested in carrying out this special pilgrimage are advised that travel is possible from Tokyo's Shinjuku Station for 2,600 yen (one way) and that the journey takes around 140 minutes.
Written by Graham McPherson
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