New reservation system for climbing Mt. Fuji opens on May 20



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Exciting news for Mount Fuji climbers! Starting this summer, a new reservation system will be introduced for those looking to ascend the iconic mountain via the Yoshida trail in Yamanashi Prefecture. To combat congestion during peak climbing season, climbers can now secure their spot online between July 1 and Sept. 10, with reservations opening at 10 a.m. on May 20.

Here's how it works: The system aims to limit daily visitors above the fifth station to 4,000, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance. While at least 1,000 slots will be kept open for last-minute climbers, it's best to plan ahead to ensure your adventure.

Don't forget, a 2,000 yen ($12.78) fee will be required for all climbers on the Yoshida trail. After booking your reservation, simply pay the toll online and receive a QR code via email. This code will be scanned at a checkpoint on the mountain to receive your wristband pass.

Excitingly, the online reservation service is available in multiple languages, including English and Chinese. And for your safety, the checkpoint at the fifth station will close once the daily limit is reached, with security guards on duty 24/7.

Keep in mind, there are three other trails leading to the summit of Mount Fuji, but the Yoshida trail remains a popular choice for 60% of visitors. So, mark your calendars, set your alarms, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable climb to the top of Japan's highest peak!


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