Mt. Fuji to be closed to climbers this summer season as a consequence of virus
Mt. Fuji will probably be closed to climbers this summer season to forestall the unfold of the novel coronavirus.
Shizuoka Prefecture, which manages three of the 4 main routes to Japan’s highest peak, introduced Monday it won’t open any of the paths for the official climbing season this yr.
Usually, hordes of climbers make their technique to the summit of the mountain between July 10 and Sept. 10 every year.
Yamanashi, one other central Japan prefecture, has already made the same announcement for the fourth path to the height of the three,776-meter-volcanic mountain. Its Yoshida monitor is the preferred, with 60 p.c of climbers utilizing it.
It’s the first time since 1960 that each one 4 routes will probably be closed throughout the climbing season, in accordance the prefectures.
The cabins which might be dotted alongside the routes for use by resting climbers may also stay closed.
The mountain, a UNESCO world cultural heritage web site, attracted about 236,000 climbers for final yr’s season, in response to the Atmosphere Ministry.