UNESCO has recommended the iconic Mount Fuji for cultural World Heritage status, a decision that many Japanese citizens have been pushing for more than 20 years. It is expected to be formally recognized in June, when the World Heritage Committee meets in Cambodia.
The 3,776-meter peak is Japan’s tallest mountain, an active volcano, and home to local shrines, waterfalls, and five major lakes. World Heritage status would mean a boost in tourism and an official commitment to preserving Mt. Fuji and its surrounding sites.
That comes as even better news considering environmental concerns around the already popular tourist spot. Japan’s central government has been nervous that UNESCO would reject Mt. Fuji because it has been so polluted by visitors. Now that it's set to be inducted, Japan can celebrate its 13th registered World Heritage site—and hopefully make plans to keep it clean.