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What is the Mt. Fuji patrol?

Patrolling the areas around Mt. Fuji is the core task of Mt. Fuji’s rangers to ensure the conservation of nature and the proper utilization of the Fujihokuroku area, including the national park.
Patrols are conducted more than 250 days per year on Mt. Fuji and in the Fujihokuroku area.

The Mt. Fuji Patrol

The Mt. Fuji patrol provides education and guidance to mountain climbers and tourists and checks the condition of the climbing routes.
During the period that the mountain is closed (October-June), the patrols give warnings to tourists entering the climbing routes which have dangerous conditions, including remaining snow, and check the situation on the Ochudo walking trail.
During the period that the mountain is open, the patrols mainly make their rounds on the climbing routes and give warnings to people who try to take home plants, animals, or lava rocks, as well as to those attempting to climb Mt. Fuji in light clothing.
Additionally, in collaboration with the police and the city of Fujiyoshida, the patrols exchange information on site and cooperate in searches for people who have gone missing.
Patrols of Mt. Fuji have various discoveries in both good and bad senses, for example discovering previously unknown appealing aspects of Mt. Fuji but also finding trash that has been thrown away.

Patrols of the Fujihokuroku area

Other than Mt. Fuji, patrols take place in the Aokigahara “sea of trees,” on nearby mountains such as in the Misaka-sankai mountain district, as well as on the Tokai nature trails
In the Aokigahara “sea of trees,” the patrols check for people leaving the walking trails to enter the woods, collecting plants and insects, and so on.
In addition, the patrols conduct surveys for internal use on the current state of the Fuji Wind Cave, a nationally designated natural monument.
The patrols in the Misaka-sankai mountain district and the Tokai nature trails check the conditions of climbing routes. This primarily involves checking on infrastructure, such as damage to information boards, and checking for fallen trees.
If a patrol confirms a landslide or a trail overgrown with brush, they report it to the relevant authorities.
In addition to foot patrols, vehicle patrols take place on the logging roads and around the lakefronts in order to prevent and discover any illegal dumping.
The information gathered through the patrols is widely used, including in environmental studies targeted to elementary schools and others.
While patrolling is a low-profile activity, it is considered an extremely important task that promotes the consciousness of “Let’s protect Mt. Fuji!”