Mount Fuji climbing season opens

It straddles Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures. The Shizuoka side will open to climbers on July 10th.

People who managed to climb to the 6th station of the mountain on opening day were able to view the sun rise among a sea of clouds shortly after 4:30 AM.

About 100 people attended an annual ceremony held at a Shinto shrine at the mountain’s 5th station. The shrine is said to date back to the 10th Century.

The chief priest celebrated the opening of the climbing season and prayed for the safety of the climbers.

The climbing season for Mount Fuji opened Friday on the Yamanashi Prefecture side. The mountain is Japan’s highest, and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. (NHK)

Service will be available on four different hiking routes to Japan’s tallest peak. (

A ceremony was held Thursday to celebrate the reopening of the renovated British Embassy villa in Tochigi Prefecture, offering a glimpse into the lives of British diplomats more than a century ago. (Japan Times)

Wednesday marks 50 years since the Beatles visited Japan. Photo exhibits in Tokyo are helping fans remember the excitement that the British rock band brought to the country. (NHK)

A museum where visitors can learn about kanji, or Chinese characters, has opened in Kyoto City, western Japan. (NHK)

Tokyo is loaded with museums, hundreds of them from art to science. If normal museums are a bore to you or you want to try something new, let me tell you about this place! The TOKYO MUSEUM OF SEWAGE! (ONLY in JAPAN)

A dining car of the blue sleeper express, Hokutosei, which retired in August 2015 as the last Blue Train, has been revived as an Italian restaurant in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture. (

The number of visitors to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has risen some 40 pct from a year earlier since May 27, when U.S. President Barack Obama visited the facility. (Jiji Press)

Bears have been getting bad press for both their real-life and anime actions this month, which has some bristling at the idea of a Kuma Miko-themed promotion in Akita. (

Japan’s highest hydropower dam has begun to release water for tourists. (NHK)

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