Landscaping around Mt. Fuji (Viewpoints, grand design, parks, walking trails, signposts)


Work titles                 :      FY 2013: Examination of possible viewpoints in the Fuji Hakone Izu National Park

FY 2014

–          Preparation of the basic plan for improvement of walking trails in Fuji Hakone Izu National Park

–  Entrusted work to prepare a grand design for fourth and fifth stations of Mt. Fuji

–          Examination of landscape at Fuji-Kami Yoshida route, an ordinary prefectural road

–          Entrusted basic design work for reconstruction of signposts for Okuniwa walking trail and detailed design of signposts

FY 2017:  Design for improvement of fifth station park at Mt. Fuji and other works

Location                     :      –          Fuji area of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park, Yamanashi Prefecture

–   Mt. Fuji area of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park, Shizuoka Prefecture

Duration                     :      December 20, 2013 to February 28, 2018

Implementing body    :      Kanto Regional Environment Office of the Ministry of the Environment, Yamanashi Prefectural Government


Taking the opportunity of the inscription of Mt. Fuji on the World Heritage List (cultural heritage) in June, 2013, the Ministry of the Environment, Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectural Governments and others have been proceeding with the improvement of Mt. Fuji’s viewpoints, walking trails, etc. so that people can enjoy not only climbing to the top of the mountain but also a high quality experience with the sommas and midslope (Fifth Station) of Mt. Fuji.


EJEC has been involved in various improvement works to convey the charm of Mt. Fuji with due consideration of the creation of a landscape value of Mt. Fuji as a World Heritage site and also to ensure safety of its visitors. Such works include the preparation of a plan to improve such viewpoints at Mt. Fuji as the Nakanokura Pass (Minobu Town, Yamanashi Prefecture) which is featured in the design of the Japanese 1,000 yen banknotes, the design of signposts for “Okuniwa” (around the Fourth Station at Mt. Fuji), which is one of the most splendid scenic spots of Mt. Fuji and the design of a viewing plaza at the Fifth Station park, which is the end of the toll road (Fuji Subaru Line).


Nakanokura Pass where the scenery is featured on the 1,000 yen banknote_spreading in Yamanashi Prefecture


Viewpoint at Nakanokura Pass

Before improvement                  After improvement


Nakanokura Pass’s information board after improvement


Conceptual diagram for walking at Mt. Fuji



2016.03.18   Collection of photographs featuring birdecology under a national census of riverfronts: Takahashi River System


Work title                   :      FY 2015  Takahashi Riverfront Survey (Birds)

Location                     :      Tamashima Otoshima, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture to Hada, Sojya City, Okayama Prefecture

Duration                     :      April 14, 2015 to March 18, 2016

Implementing body    :      Okayama River Office, Chugoku Regional Development Bureau, MLIT


The work involved surveying the actual bird ecology along Takahashi River and Oda River as part of a national census of riverfronts.


Oda River, which is one of the surveysubject and a tributary of Takahashi River, suffered severe damages alongside the river channel due to the Western Japan Inundation in July, 2018 after the completion of the survey. The disaster-hit areas were repeatedly reported on television. Prior to the disaster, a number of willow forests had grown in the main channel where woodland birds were observed. This environment has perished today and there has been a change of the local wild birds which could be observed.


A national census of riverfront birds has been conducted to examine and evaluate such environmental changes from the aspect of birds in view of contributing to river improvement and environmental conservation in the future.


A report compiling the census results was prepared with many photographs taken in the field depicting the local bird ecology so that river administrators could understand more easily understand the report with the help of its visual contents.


[July, 2016: Award by the Director General of the Chugoku Regional Development Bureau]


Photographs showing the ecology of local birds: Example of a spot-billed duck