Mount Fuji is capped with snow for the first time this season on Sept. 28. (Takahiro Kumakura)

KOFU--Towering Mount Fuji donned its first snowcap of the season on Sept. 28, 24 days earlier than last year, the Kofu Local Meteorological Office announced the same day.

Snow apparently fell atop the mountain after temperatures around the 3,776-meter-high summit dropped below freezing on the night of Sept. 27.

Under clear skies on the morning of Sept. 28, Mount Fuji's first snowcap, which came two days earlier than in an average year, was seen from the office’s observatory in the city, located about 40 kilometers from the mountain.

Tourists were taking pictures with snow-capped Mount Fuji in the background at Oishi park in Fuji-Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, at the foot of the World Heritage site.