Mount Fuji Light Rail? There is serious discussion about it

The committee studying the feasibility of a Mount Fuji Railway met for the fifth time earlier this month. The team is led by the President of the House of Councilors.


The plan being discussed will call for a light rail system using the space which is currently the Subaru Line toll road. It will climb to the 5th station parking area, at an elevation of 2,300m (7,500 ft). The initial cost estimate is placed at 1.4 billion JPY.


Once the railway is complete, traffic on the road will be limited to emergency vehicles and allow for a more environmentally friendlier transport option for the roughly 5 million people that visit this area annually.


The committee will make a final proposal in February of 2021.