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Look, I'm on top of Mt. Fuji right now using Instagram!

Mt. Fuji wants you -- and your selfie stick too.

Starting Friday, hikers can tap into free Wi-Fi hotspots from the 12,388-foot Japanese summit and instantly broadcast their accomplishment to the world.

The idea is to encourage people to spread the word of their conquest through social media such as Instagram and Twitter in the hopes it will inspire others to plan their own adventure, according to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

"Following a raft of requests, free Internet access will be available on Mount Fuji starting July 10 in a bid to bring more overseas tourists to Japan’s highest peak," the paper says.

Aside from using social media, hikers will be able to access weather reports and other information that may help them in their summit bid.

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Free Wi-Fi hotspots will be installed at eight locations, including trailheads and the top, but some require passwords issued beforehand.

Mt. Fuji is on Honshu Island, about 60 miles from Tokyo. It's open to day hikers who take up to 10 hours to complete the climb between July and early September.

About 40,000 to 50,000 foreign visitors are among the almost half a million people who tackle the mountain via four routes to the top every year.

Mt. Fuji joins other landmarks jumping on the connectivity bandwagon. The Taj Mahal in India last month started offering 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi to visitors last month, and the White House recently lifted a ban on texting and posting to social media too.

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