Japan’s iconic mountain has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
Fuji’s last eruption being in 1707 makes it no less spiritual of a place to visit, of course, and hundreds of thousands of people fearlessly trek up its slopes each summer in an attempt to get closer to the gods. Via vehicle, several more millions visit the mountain’s fifth station annually, and these visitation numbers are only expected to rise as Mount Fuji’s status as a newly-crowned World Heritage Site garners more publicity.
The proposed rise in prices to hike the mountain’s trails (to accommodate the estimated 15,000 hikers a day with bathrooms, waste receptacles, safety improvements, and general maintenance) is one of the downsides to inclusion in such a revered group of destinations.
The area’s tours operators, hotels, and restaurants, however, only have room to profit from these newfound tourism dollars. Five picturesque lakes surround the mountain, and there’s ample choice of accommodations, ranging from traditional Japanese inns called ryokans to hot spring resorts.