Japanese Government to Block Mount Fuji View Due to Tourists

Japanese Government to Block Mount Fuji View Due to Tourist Misbehavior

No more Instagrammable pics!

For travellers around the world, capturing the perfect photo of Mount Fuji in Japan is a dream come true. But for residents of Fujikawaguchiko, the town surrounding a particularly scenic viewpoint, this dream has turned into a nightmare. Unruly tourists are prompting local authorities to take drastic action: to block the Mount Fuji view.

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Tourist misbehavior prompts Japanese government to block Mount Fuji view

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Mount Fuji | Image credit: Siddhesh Mangela | Unsplash

The culprit? Inconsiderate tourists who prioritise the perfect photo op over respecting the local environment and businesses. Residents have witnessed littering, illegal parking, and even trespassing, with tourists climbing onto roofs in their quest for the ultimate Fuji shot. The photo in question features a convenience store juxtaposed against the majestic mountain, a seemingly ironic symbol of how tourist disrespect can overshadow natural beauty.

After pleas and warnings proved futile, authorities are taking a hard stance. A massive black mesh barrier, measuring 8 feet high and a whopping 65 feet long (the length of a cricket pitch!) will be constructed next week. To address more than just the obstructed view, the barrier will also protect a nearby dental practice. Tourists have been negatively impacting the business by parking illegally and using the roof as a dangerous photography platform.

Japan tourism is on a roll

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Mount Fuji | Image credit: TJArmer via Canva Pro

Japan currently experiences a tourism boom, fueled by the easing of pandemic restrictions and government initiatives. Visitor numbers recently surpassed three million for the first time, marking a significant increase. However, this surge in popularity comes with challenges.

Another iconic Japanese landmark, Mount Fuji itself, is grappling with the effects of mass tourism. Congestion on the hiking trails has led to safety concerns due to injuries, littering, and hikers wearing inappropriate clothing. To combat these issues, authorities will introduce a $13 (S$ 17.72) climbing fee and restrict the number of hikers on the Yoshida Trail to 4,000 per day. Additionally, attempting the challenging “bullet climb” (reaching the summit without breaks) will be prohibited during certain hours.

This isn’t the first time Japan has had to address tourist behaviour. In 2019, Kyoto officials distributed educational materials to remind visitors about proper etiquette in the historic Gion district.

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The situation in Fujikawaguchiko highlights the delicate balance between promoting tourism and protecting cultural and natural treasures. The giant barrier to block Mount Fuji view is a stark reminder of the consequences of irresponsible tourism. Hopefully, this incident will serve as a wake-up call, prompting both tourists and authorities to work together to ensure a sustainable and respectful travel industry in Japan.

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