Mt. Fuji is now open again following 2020 shutdown

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel

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Climbing season officially begins for Japan’s tallest mountain, but with new rules meant to limit coronavirus risks.

Mt. Fuji is the most enduring symbol of Japan, and for generations it’s inspired the country’s artists in such diverse fields as painting, photography, and beef. So it was a sad moment for Japan last year when it was announced that Mt. Fuji was closed.

Now, you might be wondering how you can “close” a 3,776-meter (12,388-foot) tall geographical landmark. See, every year Mt. Fuji has an official climbing season, stretching from mid-summer to early fall, during which the trails that

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