The Environment Ministry and local governments are planning to revive the tourists’ interest for climbing Mt. Fuji by opening an official website that will compile safety, route, weather and other information for climbers in June when the country’s highest peak may be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Heritage listing will likely generate renewed interest in climbing, the ministry is hoping. The authorities also think that providing information via the website before the climbing season opens in July will help reduce accidents and injuries among trekkers and climbers, according to Kyodo news agency.
The website will be launched by an association led by the ministry that is also planning to release an English-language version in anticipation of an increase in interest from foreign tourists.
Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan (3,776 meter-high) is located on Honshu Island and it straddles Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures. It is one of the well-known symbols of Japan and one of the country’s “Three Holy Mountains” along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku.