Climbers of Mount Fuji can now flash their ascent and conquest of Japan’s highest peak in an instant.
Selfies can be uploaded on to social media pages thanks to the availability of broadband at the summit, 3,700 metres above sea level where connection to the Internet is available at three different locations.
As climbers pass the sixth stage of the ascent they are given a card with a login ID and password that is valid for three days.
“I used the Wi-Fi to actually update my social media and connect with my friends and keep them updated on where I am right now. You don’t see a lot of mountains offering this kind of service and also even back home – I’m from Montreal/Canada – we don’t have that kind of stuff. I saw people actually having reception and calling for work I think,” enthused tourist Ludovic Cao.
The mountain high broadband is a novelty not just for tourists but for the Japanese too.
“It’s great that we can connect to a network here. I run an internet blog from up here and so I am now able to inform people who are planning to climb Mt. Fuji about the conditions up here and let them know what the weather is like. It makes me very happy,” said Daisuke Koiwai who blogs from the summit.
It was listening to tourists which led to the network on the summit being installed. Visitors from the US and Europe had responded with feedback mentioning their wish for Wi-Fi. It will be available until mid September.