Mt. Fuji online reservation system launched for climbers

An online reservation system for people who want to climb Mt. Fuji has been launched to help ease congestion on Japan's highest peak.

The system began accepting bookings on Monday.

The daily number of visitors who climb Mt. Fuji from the Yamanashi Prefecture side will be limited to 4,000. Each climber will be charged 2,000 yen, or about 13 dollars, during the climbing season that begins on July 1.

The aim is to protect the environment and implement safety measures.

Reservations can be made on the Official Web Site for Mt. Fuji Climbing, operated by the Environment Ministry and Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures.

Prospective visitors are asked to choose whether they plan to make a day trip or stay overnight in a hut.

After entering the date of their visit and payment method, they will receive a QR code they need to show when they arrive on the mountain.

Bookings are accepted until the day before the visit.

Officials say that up to 3,000 daily slots are available online for the time being, because there will be visitors who come to the mountain without making reservations.

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