Is climbing Mt. Fuji on your bucket list? Summer 2020 will not be to be the summer to get there. There are four climbing trails to get to the top. Last week, Yamanashi Prefecture announced the most popular trail, the Yoshida Trail, will be closed. The Yamanashi Prefecture government stated it is not possible to ensure the safety of climbers during the pandemic. Shizuoka Prefecture made the same announcement days later about the three trails in its prefecture. In addition to the trails, the first aid centers and mountain huts will also be closed.
The trails are usually open from July 10 to September 10, with up to 300,00 people climbing each year. Last summer there were 236,000 climbers, according to the Mount Fuji official website. Many climbers spend the night in crowded mountain huts, in order to reach the top in time to see the sunrise.