Overtourism has led to a break-even point for Mount Fuji

Published on : Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mount FujiMount Fuji that is one of the most iconic tourist attractions of Japan being a picturesque mountain, the concept of overtourism has started plaguing it, of late.


The increased accessibility to this tourist delight that enables visitors to explore everything it has to offer is actually an unforeseen complication. In fact this part of the world has lured such a great number of tourists that numerous complaints of overcrowding have been lodged.


To make attempts to better analyze the situation on this mountain Yamanashi Prefecture has accumulated information from surveys and GPS devices lent to climbers from 2015 to 2017.


Mount Fuji has four trails that leads up to the summit. They have been studying the characteristics carefully that reveal the reasons for congestion and more significantly, the ways to solve them.


The findings portray that the congestion often occurred whenever visitors entering Fujinomiya trail that is the shortest route up the mountain exceeded 2,000 in a day.


In a marked contrast no such blockage have been witnessed at the Subashiri and Gotemba entrances.


The longest trail is Yoshida.


But then it has the benefit of being the gentlest one in terms of slope inclination. This year, four days observed that climbers on this trail exceeded 4,000 per day at around 4.00 a.m. to 5.30 a.m. between the months of July and September.


Though no special plan has been outlined the Fujisan World Cultural Heritage Council is presently planning to minimize the number of visitors to less than 4,000 at any one time.


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