The climbing regulations to Mt. Fuji will start on July 1 2024 as a solution to avoid ‘over-tourism’

Yamanashi Prefecture and Shizuoka Prefecture, the gateway of Mt.Fuji, will launch management systems to control climbers on July 1 2024, the first day of climbing season, through each of the prefectures is supposed to introduce a different system.

“The climbing regulation is to decentralize climbers to secure their safe climbing,"  Kotaro Nagasaki, Yamanashi Governor, said, when he joined the demonstration of the  new system at the gate, “We hope that it will be a model case to solve over-tourism.” 

Nagasaki said at a press conference on June 17 that the prefecture aims to make a Mt, Fuji a world-class tourism area by realizing ‘Mt,Fuji mountain railway’ project and delivering local stories and history as high-value contents in addition to conventional climbing. 


Yamanashi Prefecture set an entrance gate into the Yoshida Route to collect admission fee of 2,000 yen a climber,  and the entrance gate will be closed the gate from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. next day, with a climber limitation of up to 4,000 a day. A climber can pay the fee online in advance or pay it on the climbing day. A wristband will be handed to a climber paying the fee for permission.



The prefecture revealed that online bookings were more than  20,000 as of June 19. A new permanent gate will be build next year.


On the other hand, Shizuoka Prefecture does not charge admissions to limit the number of climber, but requires climbers to learn climbing rules and manners and to submit climbing plans in advance. Online leaning and registration are available. Without pre-registration, a climber needs to learn climbing rules and manners on video at the gate before entering the routes. 

Shizuoka Prefecture will mandate payment of environment protection fee at 1,000 yen a climber, while it will be on a  voluntary basis for climbers to enter the route from Yamanashi Prefecture. 

Both of the prefectures plan to improve the climbing regulation system next year, based on the data from the trials this summer. 

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