Mt. Fuji's admission fee set at 1,000 yen
TOKYO (Kyodo) --Local prefectures on Wednesday agreed to collect a 1,000 yen admission fee from climbers on Mt. Fuji from next summer on a voluntary basis. Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, which the volcanic mountain straddles, will allocate the revenue from the scheme to environmental projects and safety measures around the trails to counter the increasing number of climbers, prefectural officials said.
Upon Mt. Fuji's registration on the UNESCO world heritage site this year, the local authorities are speeding up the measures to accommodate an increased number of climbers, including restoration of toilets and first aid stations along the trails.
The authorities aim to collect the fee in principle from every adult who enters further than the fifth station of Mt. Fuji, while seeking contributions from children and disabled visitors to the extent they can. The prefectures may make admission fees compulsory in the future if necessary, the officials said.
The fees are to be collected at the entrances to the trails in the summer peak season. The prefectures will also consider a scheme allowing climbers to pay the fee in advance online or at convenience stores, the officials said.
The authorities will solicit opinions from the public from late December to early January regarding the new scheme before officially adopting it at a meeting on Jan. 22.
During the 10-day trial period this summer, about 34,000 climbers paid a total of some 34 million yen. The total number of climbers in the summer peak season of July and August reached 370,000 this year.