Selfie summit: Japan launches free Wi-Fi on Mount Fuji
We can expect a deluge of selfies from the top of Japan’s tallest mountain in the coming days and weeks after a Japanese mobile phone network said it will begin offering a free Wi-Fi service Friday at eight hotspots on Japan’s most famous mountain, including the 3,776-meter (12,389-foot) summit.
The initiative is aimed at attracting more overseas visitors to Shizuoka and Yamanashi, the two states that are home to Mount Fuji. From airports to subway and bus operators, Japan has been expanding free Wi-Fi service ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Users on Mount Fuji will need to enter a user ID and password provided in fliers in English, Chinese and Korean that will be distributed at some trailheads. NTT DOCOMO Inc. will provide the service for 72 hours from the initial log-in, which should be plenty of time for most climbers to reach the summit and share it with the world.
As many as 50,000 hikers walk the Mount Fuji’s trails each year, so we’re expecting to see some selfies from the peak pretty soon.
Additional reporting from Associated Press
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