Japan residents block view of iconic Mt. Fuji due to over tourism problems

Japan residents block view of iconic Mt. Fuji due to over tourism problems

THE town of Fujikawaguchiko rose to fame a few years ago after a picturesque view of Mt. Fuji taken in the area became a social media sensation.

Residents have stepped up to protect their town following reports of accidents and unruly behavior brought by over-tourism.

Mount Fuji was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2013.

Measured at 3,776 meters or about 12,300 feet high, Mt. Fuji was hailed as the tallest mountain in Japan that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists and hikers every year.

A sidewalk spot in the Japanese town of Fujikawaguchiko located outside a Lawson convenience store became a popular photo spot for foreign tourists in recent years, earning the nickname “Mt. Fuji Lawson.”

As tourists started to flock to the area, townspeople became more and more unhappy as the surge in visitors affected their day-to-day lives.

Locals have had enough of tourists blocking pavements and stopping traffic just to get the perfect selfie or snapshot of the picturesque mountain.

Besides overcrowding, piles of trash left by tourists also became a headache for residents.

Last month, residents started building a huge fence to discourage tourists from taking pictures and causing traffic in the area.

The construction of the 20-metre long and 2.5-metre high fence covered with a black mesh net has been completed this week.

To ease overcrowding and safety risks, organizers have already prepared a booking system for the climbing season, which starts July 1 and runs until September 10.

Under the new plan, only up to 4,000 climbers will be allowed to enter the trail per day.

 

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