Trekkers swarm Mount Fuji on first day of season
Published on Jul 5, 2013
(CNN) -- The inclusion of Mount Fuji in the UNESCO World Heritage list recently has spurred a huge reaction among international travelers and agencies.
This Monday, as normal, hundreds of hikers flocked to Mt Fuji for the beginning of the summer climbing season.
Climbers started to ascend the 3,776-meter peak as early as 3 a.m. to watch the sunrise from the summit. They lit torches and walked in long winding queues along the path that leads up the mountain.
So numerous were the climbers in their colorful outfits it looked a little like a busy morning in a Tokyo subway station.