Hikers on Mount Fuji’s Yoshida Trail must now book in advance and pay a fee due to crowding, litter, and safety concerns. From July 1 to September 10, daily climbers will be capped at 4,000. Most slots are available online, with a few available in person on the day. Authorities also encourage donations for conservation. These measures aim to protect Mount Fuji’s environment and enhance safety. Climbers will start their journey from one of four “5th stations” at Mount Fuji’s halfway point. To prevent unsafe “bullet climbing” without proper rest, hikers must choose between a day hike or an overnight stay. Each climber will receive a QR code at the 5th station, and those attempting to climb at night without an overnight booking will be turned back. This new system aims to improve safety and reduce littering, encouraging climbers to keep the mountain clean. Shizuoka Prefecture, which borders Mount Fuji, has had a voluntary climber fee since 2014 and is considering additional environmental protection measures.

Tourist numbers at Mount Fuji are nearing pre-pandemic levels, with even more expected this year. The town of Fujikawaguchiko has started managing tourist crowds influenced by social media trends, reflecting the broader issue of overtourism in Japan. Post-pandemic, Japan has seen a surge in visitors due to a weaker yen, with predictions for record-breaking tourist numbers in 2024. The new measures for Mount Fuji are part of efforts to manage this tourism surge and protect the country’s natural and cultural heritage.