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Japan's Mt. Fuji's UNESCO World Heritage status under threat due to over-tourism. The iconic peak was as a world heritage site in 2013. However, a spike in the number of tourists the majestic mountain is that listing. Japan is a post-covid tourist boom, and many visitors are a beeline for Fuji-san's climbing trails. Mt. Fuji is so sacred in Japan that many Japanese hope to it at least once in their lives. The burgeoning number of climbers is environmental damage on the slopes. Litter is strewn across the volcanic ash, and large parking lots have been to accommodate tourists. These an eyesore on the mountain's once-pristine habitat.

A local official reporters that: "Fuji a real crisis. Tourism has uncontrollable, and we that Mt. Fuji will soon become so unattractive, nobody would want to climb it." He added: "Fuji-san is in pain. We can't just wait for improvement; we need to over-tourism now." The mountain's fifth base station has seen a 50 per cent jump in visitors since 2013, with about four million visitors this summer. Another headache for local authorities is "bullet climbers". These are people who to ascend and Fuji in 24 hours. They risk altitude sickness and hypothermia. The official climbing season on Sunday, giving Fuji a respite from further damage.

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