Mount Fuji Trash Pile officially opens for the summer

July 1st is the start of the official climbing season on Mount Fuji and ends August 31.
If you must climb Mount Fuji (as I have three times) read my 3Yen guide to climbing it: Mount Fuji — Just say no. Basically, my suggestion is to climb (semi-illegally) in the off-season rather that smell the shit of tens of thousands of climbers who came before you like this photo.
Crowd of 10,000 Japanese on Mount Fuji Summit Click for a full view
of the horror of enjoying “nature” with of 10,000 Japanese on the summit.

Mt Fuji Tourist Office will now rent out ninja costumes to tourists who want a photo with the mountain in the background: Mainichi News (machine translation)

Fuji Guide commercial (Japan’s anti-littering campaign

Also read my 3Yen posts:
. . . Japan’s Mt Tashmore denied World Heritage status
. . . Record number of litterers wallow up Japan’s sacred Mount Gomi

And here a photo of the traditional fun of hauling 80 lbs. packs of junk up Japan’s Mount Trashmore circa 1906.
via OkinawaSoba‘s flickr

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6 thoughts on “Mount Fuji Trash Pile officially opens for the summer”

  1. Climbing Mt. Fuji Mid June – is it possible? (self.japan)

    by aredna

    I will be in Tokyo for work next week and would love to climb Mt. Fuji over the 16/17th weekend. From what I can find it sounds like the season doesn't typically start until July.

    Has anyone here climbed Fuji in mid-June? Can anyone recommend a good company to use for a guided tour?

    aikoekadan[アメリカ] replies:

    I climbed Mt. Fuji on the first weekend in July and almost nothing was open. The summit was completely deserted, as well as all the stations above 8. There was still knee- to waist-deep snow on the last part of the climb. In mid-June I imagine it would be even worse. I wouldn't recommend it.


  2. Mount Fuji climbing fee to be introduced
    Japan Today | Feb. 25, 2013
    The Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectural governments have announced plans to charge climbing fees for Mount Fuji in a bid to finance maintenance and environmental efforts.
    Yamanashi Gov Shomei Yokouchi announced the plan on Sunday at the “Mount Fuji Day Festa,” an event intended to raise the mountain’s profile in support of a UNESCO World Heritage bid.

  3. Proof of Mount Fuji is a horror …

    High mercury level detected on Mt. Fuji
    The Yomiuri Shimbun | October 4, 2013
    Mercury concentrations higher than the national average have been detected at the peak of Mt. Fuji, which might be caused by cross-border pollution from China, a research group has announced.
    The group, which includes Prof. Osamu Nagafuchi at the University of Shiga Prefecture, measured 2.8 nanograms of mercury per cubic meter of air at the summit of Mt. Fuji in August, and a record 25.1 nanograms in 2007. The Environment Ministry will begin a fixed-point observation project in the Asia-Pacific region jointly with the United States, Vietnam and other nations next year.

    Though the observed figures are not at a level harmful to humans, they exceeded the average around the mountain peak, which is almost completely free from factory pollutants.
    “When analyzing the situation, including weather conditions, the reason seems to be contaminated air flowing over from China,” said Nagafuchi, an expert in environmental science.
    According to the Environment Ministry, the average figure at all 261 observation points in the nation was 2.1 nanograms in fiscal 2011. A guideline of the Air Pollution Control Law stipulates the yearly average should be 40 nanograms or lower to prevent health problems.

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