June 23, 2023
Adventurer Naomi Uemura and mountaineer Teruo Matsuura became the first Japanese to reach the summit of Mt. Everest on May 11, 1970. About 75 years have passed since then, and many people climb mountains in Japan. Japan is one of the countries with the largest number of climbers in the world. From around the 1990s, it became a boom among middle-aged and older people. After that, the term “Yama girl”, meaning a woman who climbs mountains, became popular, and the number of young female climbers increased. Although the number of climbers has decreased in recent years due to COVID-19, Japanese tend to have opportunities to familiarize themselves with mountains, with activities such as camping. A lot of mountains in Japan are relatively gentle, providing an environment where you can enjoy the flora and scenery while walking. Mt. Takao, which can be reached in one hour by train from central Tokyo, is said to be “the most visited mountain in the world”. The natural beauty of the four seasons welcomes climbers. There are seven different climbing courses, and the variety of ways to climb the mountain is one of attractions of the mountain.