Mount Fuji

Country/territory: Japan

IBA Criteria met: A3 (2004)
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Area: 15,000 ha

Wild Bird Society of Japan
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2015 medium unfavourable medium
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Site description
Fuji-goko area: Mt Fuji (3,776 m) is the highest mountain in Japan and an independent peak that was formed with lava and volcanic ashes in relatively recent times. At the alpine belt (above 2,400 m), there are Larix kaempferi, Alnus maximowiczii and natural forests without Pinus pumila. At the subalpine belt (1,800-2,400 m), there are single or mixed natural forests of species such as Larix kaempferi, Abies veitchii and Betula emanii. The mountain belt at elevations of about 700-1,800 m on Yamanashi Prefecture side (Fuji-goko area or the north foot of Mt Fuji) is roughly classified into natural forests of Chamaecyparis obtusa and Tsuga sieboldii, afforested areas (mainly with Larix leptolepis and Abies veitchii) and secondary grassland areas. Asagiri-kogen highlands (600-900 m high) is located in Shizuoka Prefecture, ranging from the western foot of Mt Fuji to Mt Kenashiyama. The site used to be grasslands, but they are decreasing year by year. Now these areas are mainly farmlands, meadows, afforested areas, shrubs, areas where not much grows because of lava deposits, golf courses and amusement facilities.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Fuji. Downloaded from on 16/08/2022.