This Japan Town Is Putting Up Barrier To Block Mount Fuji View. Here's Why

On Tuesday morning, employees in laborious hats had been placing the ending touches to the metallic poles


A Japanese city was set Tuesday to mount a big mesh barrier throughout the highway from an Instagram-famous view of Mount Fuji in an try to discourage badly behaved vacationers.

The plan made headlines final month when it was introduced by officers fed up with what locals stated had been endless streams of largely international guests littering, trespassing and breaking visitors guidelines.

Since then, poles have been put up in preparation for a display screen measuring 2.5 by 20 metres (eight by 65 ft) to dam the sight of Japan’s highest mountain rising from behind a Lawson comfort retailer.

On Tuesday morning, employees in laborious hats had been placing the ending touches to the metallic poles in preparation for attaching the barrier on the picture spot in Fujikawaguchiko city, an AFP reporter on the scene stated.

Snaps of this visible juxtaposition taken from a slender stretch of pavement throughout a busy highway from the Lawson, a ubiquitous Japanese chain, have been broadly shared on-line.

However building of the barrier itself was initially delayed attributable to issues getting the proper supplies delivered, giving vacationers a couple of extra days to chase the right shot.

Native officers and residents have stated the city welcomes guests, however complain that those that cross the road continuous, ignore crimson lights, park illegally and smoke outdoors of designated areas have proved a nuisance.

“It is regrettable we have now to do that, due to some vacationers who cannot respect guidelines,” a city official instructed AFP in April, saying that visitors indicators and warnings from safety guards had failed to enhance the scenario.

The measure can also be meant to guard a close-by dental clinic the place vacationers generally park with out permission and have even been seen climbing on the roof to take photos.

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Report numbers of abroad vacationers are coming to Japan, the place month-to-month guests exceeded three million for the primary time in March after which once more in April.

However as in different vacationer hotspots, comparable to Venice — which not too long ago launched a trial of entry charges for day guests — the inflow has not been universally welcomed.

In Japan’s historical capital of Kyoto, locals have complained of vacationers harassing the town’s famed geisha.

And hikers utilizing the most well-liked path to climb Mount Fuji this summer season will likely be charged 2,000 yen ($13) every, with entries capped at 4,000 to ease congestion.

A brand new on-line reserving system for the mountain’s Yoshida path opened on Monday to ensure hikers entry via a brand new gate, though 1,000 locations a day will likely be stored for day-of entries.

Mount Fuji is roofed in snow a lot of the yr, however throughout the July-September mountain climbing season greater than 220,000 guests trudge up its steep, rocky slopes.

Many climb via the night time to see the dawn, and a few try to achieve the three,776-metre (12,388-foot) summit with out breaks and turn out to be sick or injured because of this.

Regional officers have raised security and environmental issues linked to overcrowding on the energetic volcano, an emblem of Japan and a once-peaceful pilgrimage website.

Residents close to different in style picture spots within the area, together with the so-called Fuji Dream Bridge, have additionally reportedly complained about overtourism in latest weeks.

One tour operator which presents day journeys from Tokyo to the Mount Fuji space instructed AFP they’re taking guests to a different Lawson retailer close by the place an identical view might be seen, however there are fewer close by residents.


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