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Climbing season at Mount Fuji started

People gathered at the summit of Mount Fuji before dawn on Sunday to view the sunrise on the first day of the climbing season.

The mountain climbers erupted in cheers when the sun appeared in the east at around 4:20am.

Officials of the city of Fujiyoshida say about 224,000 people climbed Mount Fuji last summer on the Yamanashi Prefecture side.