Number of climbers allowed on Mount Fuji may be scaled back starting in 2018

posted on October 2, 2015

A limit on the number of climbers of Mount Fuji is planned to be set within three years to protect the World Cultural Heritage site from wear and tear.
The prefecture governments of Shizuoka and Yamanashi, which both share Mount Fuji, have said they will define what constitutes an appropriate number of trekkers by July 2018.

A draft report from the governments, released Oct. 1, was approved by the Mount Fuji World Cultural Heritage academic committee, an expert panel headed by former education minister Atsuko Toyama, on the same day.

The report results from UNESCO's World Heritage Committee ordering the Japanese government to submit, by next February, a paper detailing conservation measures at the mountain, which attracts 200,000 to 300,000 climbers annually. The demand was made when the 3,776-meter peak was designated a World Cultural Heritage site in 2013.

The prefecture governments will decide upon the "desirable number of climbers per day" on each of the four hiking trails up the mountain, based on a series of studies and surveys they will conduct over the next three years. Restrictions will then, if necessary, be imposed to reduce the numbers. The report also mentions that ways will be considered to maintain lavatories at mountain cabins.

source by newsonjapan
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