Japan imposes new fees on Mount Fuji climbers to limit tourists


Climbers must pay 2,000 yen ($12) and their numbers will be limited to 4,000 a day after complaints of litter, pollution, and dangerously crowded trails flowed in last year.

“I think Mount Fuji will be very happy if everyone is more conscious about the environment and things like taking rubbish home with them,” said Sachiko Kan, 61, who was one of about 1,200 hikers gathered on the first day of the new measures.

The yen’s slide to a 38-year low has made Japan an irresistible bargain for overseas visitors.