Japan’s world-famous Mount Fuji grapples with crowds

Mount Fuji (Japan) (AFP) – With millions of visitors every year along with the buses, supply trucks, noodle shops and fridge magnets, Mount Fuji is no longer the peaceful, scenic pilgrimage site it once was. Now Japanese authorities have had enough, saying that the number of hikers trekking up the world-famous volcano — night and day — are so numerous that it’s dangerous and an ecological embarrassment. Authorities announced in August that they would impose crowd control measures for the first time if paths got too busy.


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