Mt. Fuji is finally open again!
Last year, officials closed down the hiking trails of the popular tourist site all summer long amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as the climbing season begins, Mt. Fuji is welcoming hikers to scale its height once more.
The easing of restrictions follows the ongoing vaccinations being administered to Japanese residents. Starting July 1 to September 10 of this year, people can walk the trails all the way up to Mt. Fuji’s summit and take in the beautiful sights and sceneries.
Of course, precautionary measures will be put in place. Hikers must check-in at the parking lot of the Fuji-Subaru Skyline 5th Station which is the highest point of the mountain accessible to vehicles. There, you will need to register your name, answer a questionnaire, and have your temperature checked. Once deemed physically fit and healthy, you will be allowed to climb.
It is unclear if they will be restricting the number of people who will climb throughout the day.
Mt. Fuji has four hiking trails but, taking into consideration the necessary steps to be taken prior to climbing to the summit, it seems that only the Yoshida trail that starts at the 5th Station will be open. This trail leads to the summit from the north side of Mt. Fuji in the Yamanashi Prefecture.
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