The climbing season for Mount Fuji, Japan's highest peak, is cancelled for this year, after local officials announced on Monday that the mountain trails leading up to the summit will stay closed throughout the summer due to the novel coronavirus.
Shizuoka Prefecture, which manages three of the four trails that lead to the peak, made the announcement following a similar announcement made by a neighboring prefecture that manages the fourth trail.
It will be the first time the trails of the 3,776-meter volcanic mountain are closed since 1960.
Located about 130 km west of Tokyo, Mount Fuji attracts multitudes of hikers and tourists during its climbing season, which runs from July to September.
Some 236,000 people climbed the mountain last year, according to the Environment Ministry.