Skip to main content

Trekkers swarm Mount Fuji on first day of season

By Evie Liu, for CNN
updated 9:11 AM EDT, Thu July 4, 2013
Climbers and trekkers swarmed over Mount Fuji on Monday, July 1, the first day of the summer climbing season. Officials expect to see far more climbers than usual this season, after the mountain's recent listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbers and trekkers swarmed over Mount Fuji on Monday, July 1, the first day of the summer climbing season. Officials expect to see far more climbers than usual this season, after the mountain's recent listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
HIDE CAPTION
Trekkers swarm Mount Fuji
Trekkers swarm Mount Fuji
Trekkers swarm Mount Fuji
Trekkers swarm Mount Fuji
Trekkers swarm Mount Fuji
Trekkers swarm Mount Fuji
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hundreds descend on Mount Fuji for start of climbing season
  • Extra interest expected from World Heritage listing
  • Concerns about damage and littering if too many tourists come

(CNN) -- The inclusion of Mount Fuji in the UNESCO World Heritage list recently has spurred a huge reaction among international travelers and agencies.

This Monday, as normal, hundreds of hikers flocked to Mt Fuji for the beginning of the summer climbing season.

Climbers started to ascend the 3,776-meter peak as early as 3 a.m. to watch the sunrise from the summit. They lit torches and walked in long winding queues along the path that leads up the mountain.

So numerous were the climbers in their colorful outfits it looked a little like a busy morning in a Tokyo subway station.

Worshiped for centuries

The cone-shaped mountain has been worshiped in Japan for centuries. It is considered the symbol of this island country home to a reported 118 volcanoes.

While Mt Fuji was already popular among tourists, the UNESCO World Heritage status will spark a new wave of interest, say local officials.

According to The Japan Times, Japan Travel Bureau Corp. announced Monday a series of day trips for foreigners, accompanied by English-speaking tour guides.

East Japan Railway Co. also offered a 50% discount on tickets for people who use the Chuo Line to visit the mountain.

Risk of erosion

Environmentalists warn the extra tourists pose potential environmental problems, such as erosion or littering.

It was reported that Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, where Mt Fuji is located, will collect entrance fees to the site on a trial basis this summer to help pay for its preservation.

Mt. Fuji attracts around 300,000 trekkers each year.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 2:26 AM EDT, Mon August 25, 2014
the Teufelsberg or
Spooks have left their mark on a once-divided city still thought to be an espionage hotbed.
updated 6:06 PM EDT, Sun August 24, 2014
nanjing, handicrafts
With more than 6,000 years of history, Nanjing is one of the few cities in China still practicing the country's endangered traditional crafts.
updated 12:10 PM EDT, Fri August 22, 2014
Rock and weather collide over millennia to create natural bridges. Here are 15 of our favorites from around the world.
updated 1:39 AM EDT, Fri August 22, 2014
A one-nun brewing operation, Sister Doris is putting Germany's women beer makers on the map. Sort of.
updated 2:07 AM EDT, Fri August 22, 2014
From Myanmar to Mickey Mouse, Stefan Zwanzger, aka The Theme Park Guy, gives his rundown of the best.
updated 11:10 AM EDT, Fri August 22, 2014
Four hundred years after the death of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, her murderous exploits prove a grisly attraction.
updated 8:50 AM EDT, Thu August 21, 2014
Formed by volcanoes and steeped in a rich history of Polynesian culture, Hawaii sounds more like a place in a fantasy novel rather than an American travel oasis.
updated 7:56 PM EDT, Thu August 21, 2014
Despite Kyoto's allure, until this year there's been a glaring absence from the city's travel scene -- a top tier, super-luxury hotel brand.
updated 7:51 AM EDT, Wed August 20, 2014
Why global adventurer Alastair Humphreys now looks for 'microadventures' close to home.
updated 7:33 AM EDT, Wed August 13, 2014
Don't order Corona and don't freak out when you see Jessica Alba without makeup and you might pass for local.
updated 7:01 PM EDT, Tue August 19, 2014
History buff? Hardcore surfer? These South Pacific islands have every traveler covered.
updated 11:14 AM EDT, Tue August 19, 2014
Airlines and airports are going high-tech to reduce your time in line.
updated 4:58 AM EDT, Tue August 19, 2014
Summer isn't over yet. These new hotels are keeping it alive and fresh.
updated 2:32 PM EDT, Tue August 19, 2014
Eight of the top 10 scoring cities in the Economic Intelligence Unit's annual Liveability Survey are in Australia and Canada.
updated 6:21 PM EDT, Mon August 18, 2014
When a man tells me to "trust him," my typical reaction is to run.
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT