Climbing season starts as Mount Fuji receives UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status

By on July 9, 2013

Every year in July,  Mt Fuji’s climbing season starts with a ceremony.  This year is special as Japan’s symbolic volcano receives the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status.

Attending the opening ceremonies at the Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha shrine and the Murayama Sengen Jinja shrine in Fujinomiya City on July 1st were British Chargé d’Affaires to Japan, Julia Longbottom , Mr Heita Kawakatsu, the Governor of Shizuoka Prefecture, and Mr Hidetada Sudo, the Mayor of Fujinomiya City.  Ms Longbottom gave a speech recognising Mt Fuji’s newly-awarded World Cultural Heritage status. “The culture and rich nature of Mt Fuji has now become a global asset to be passed on from generation to generation. Mt Fuji continues to inspire people around the world with its dignified presence.”

Mt Fuji opening ceremonies

The Japanese National Police Agency’s tips to climbers:

  • Make a climbing plan- research your mountain and select one that is appropriate for your experience and fitness level.
  • Prepare the necessary equipment- bring climbing equipment and be prepared for all weathers
  • Watch the skies and the forecast-weather in the mountains can change rapidly, descend the mountain or take shelter if the weather worsens.

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