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Why anyone would want to stand in line on a mountain, or for a bowl of noodles for that matter, is beyond me.

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planning to cap daily entries to 4,000 people, who will be charged 2,000 yen each.

8 Million yen/day not bad, thanks to those hikers.

-9 ( +10 / -19 )

That photo is enough to make me stay away.

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A lot of people are forgetting that Mt Fuji is an active volcano. It’s been more than two hundred years since its last eruption and magma has been building up inside the mountain. A little eruption or an earthquake would scare those tourists away.

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How innovative!

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Each day at least 1,000 places will be kept free for on-the-spot entry.

Why bother with the booking system then?

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I had a friend climb and she said that the only thing she could see was the arse of the person in front of her. No thank you.

22 ( +26 / -4 )

iranai.

there are also different hills where "booking" is not needed at all...

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There’s always the less traveled Subashiri route. We rested in a hut just below the junction with the Yoshida trail and that is when the crowds began for us. That part of the climb was mostly done in the dark, so the sheer number of people didn’t bother me. I was focused on my breathing anyway.

Yeah, the top was crowded, but the collective reaction to the sunrise was truly magical. Even the monk’s shaky singing of the national anthem was charming. The hut we “rested” in packed us a small lunch, so we didn't need to wait for any noodles at the top.  

Not everyone hikes the 1 hour rim trail around the crater, so that is a way to experience the summit without crowds. The pyramidal shadow receding away from the top and towering views down upon the Alps made the slog worth it. There was a brief time that we were even in short sleeves and saw a bride quickly change into her wedding dress for photos in the “warmth”.  

I thought the climb was good. It’s not a beautiful mountain when you’re on it. But it was an experience I will always remember.

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Standing for hours in a long line seems to suit the subservience of the natives, western tourist's I am not so sure.

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@dbsaiyaToday  08:05 am JST

I had a friend climb and she said that the only thing she could see was the arse of the person in front of her. No thank you.

Sounds okay to me, as long as you can choose the bird you walk behind. Well worth ¥2,000.

TT

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Standing for hours in a long line seems to suit the subservience of the natives, western tourist's I am not so sure.

But Western tourist love to cause trouble and scream when the border is closed.

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The last place in Japan I would ever want to go - polluted and crowded and a very sad place overall.

15 years in Japan and stayed clear of it as much as possible.

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All the obviously non-Japanese commenters going on about how standing in line is so "subservient", or how terrible the mountain is, etc, etc.

I thinks that's great. Stay away and keep your attitudes about other's culture and customs.

Those of us that enjoy a physical challenge, shared with others whom we may meet on the way, won't miss you at all.

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If you like physical challenge I can recommend at least 7 mountains around Tokyo for that, where you can climb/walk at your own pace, take breaks to drink/eat your food, have fantastic encounters with monkeys and deers, enjoy the small rivers and waterfalls.

Fuji-san these days: Omotesando/Shinsaibashi without the buildings

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Glad I hit back in the 80s and 90s. Could go whenever the weather was good, free and wasn't that crowded.

My parents were on it in the 60s with pictures of hardly anyone else on the trails but them.

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I wonder how long until someone makes a website selling fake reservations.

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I hope Fujinomiya trail does not fall into this rank this year. If it is necessary to pay the entrance fee before the start, it is O.K..

However, pre-booking the most popular trail may divert unprepared hikers to more difficult trails that are not up to them. I hope the proponents thought about it.

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@Mirchy

However, pre-booking the most popular trail may divert unprepared hikers to more difficult trails that are not up to them.

Yeah, can you imagine slogging up Gotemba not realizing how lonnnnng it is? It's torturous even going down!

Anyone hoping to climb, I don't recommend doing it in the first couple weeks of the season. My second climb I did it July 1st and there were very few huts open to take a break in and it was seriously cold at the top, even with a mountaineering coat and proper baselayers. I spent 10 minutes at the top and that was enough. Not a good experience. Go in August when everything is open and warmer. It's a circus, but fun, if you know this going into it.

BTW, my first climb was 11 years ago and there wasn't a single scrap of trash along the Subashiri route and the upper half of the Yoshida route nor along the entire Gotemba route going down. That year, the foreign tourists were mostly scared away due to the Fukushima disaster. Sooo, not sure who drops the trash everyone talks about and when and where it occurs. Perhaps things have changed.

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¥80,000,000 a day?

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Correction: ¥8,000,000

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Pass. Mt. Fuji is beautiful to look at from a distance. Standing in a cramped line of people shuffling forward on a glorified hike, not so nice.

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Thank you but I will pass.

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I've never climbed Mt Fuji. It is on my bucket list. I'd prefer to have less people there, less erosion from foot traffic, less trash near the trails and have the trails as natural as possible for the next generations to enjoy.

I dislike hiking on trails that have been "improved" with gravel or asphalt, or have been widened too much.

If they do reservations, that will make the experience more enjoyable. I've hiked other places that limit the total number of people allowed and it has added to the experience.

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@theFu If you want less people, do it before or after the "official" hiking season, a month before or after. Waaaaay less people and some of the huts are still open.

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I surprised that lots of Fujisan domain have not been registered, Fujisan.live is still unregistered Fujisan,com,co is still unregistered as of today, It good investment to honor Fujisan before he blows his cap

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

I surprised that lots of Fujisan domain have not been registered, Fujisan.live is still unregistered

You should absolutely register fujisan.accountant, fujisan.florist and fujisan.clothing. You'll make a killing I'm sure!

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I climbed fuji just after rules for covid were eased.

It was quiet and enjoyable. The view was amazing and it was quiet.

But now seeing all those people and all the required volunteers who maintain the mountain this booking is great.

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