Thursday, May 21, 2020

Mt. Fuji - Summer 2020

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.  

I was able to reach the top last August and wrote about my experience here.

I hope everyone will accept the decisions of the two prefectures that Mt. Fuji straddles and make plans to climb next year.


kiwikid said...

Some people might be disappointed but better to follow the closures and stay safe.

Queeniepatch said...

I am sure there will be some climbers who refuse to follow orders and try to climb at their own risk, then cause problems to others by having an accident and needing to be rescued. I hope I am wrong!

roughterrain crane said...

Yes. Now is the time to accept necessary restrictions for the happy future.

R's Rue said...

Stay safe.

Julie said...

So many things cancelled this year, it needs to be done for safety for all.
Take care yourself

Leonore Winterer said...

I think it's a wise decision. Good thing you've already been to the top!