To improve Mount Fuji’s Yoshida Trail, new regulations are in place, requiring hikers to plan ahead and pay a fee due to overcrowding, waste, and safety concerns. From July 1 to September 10, only 4,000 climbers daily are permitted, with most slots requiring online reservations. Some spots are kept for walk-ins. Climbers are encouraged to contribute financially to mountain upkeep. The rules aim to ensure environmental preservation and climbers’ safety. Hikers must choose between day or overnight treks at one of four “5th stations” before receiving a QR code, preventing night climbing without lodging. These measures aim to enhance safety and reduce littering, ensuring Mount Fuji remains pristine. Shizuoka Prefecture, neighboring Mount Fuji, initiated donation requests in 2014 and is considering further environmental protection regulations.

More and more tourists are going to Mount Fuji, almost like before the pandemic. The town of Fujikawaguchiko is starting to control the crowds of tourists who come because of things they saw on social media. This shows a bigger problem in Japan with too many tourists. After the pandemic, more people are visiting Japan because their money is worth more there. Experts think there will be more tourists than ever in 2024. The new rules for Mount Fuji are part of a plan to handle all these tourists and keep Japan’s natural and cultural treasures safe.