Mount Fuji Scenic View Blocked by Wire Mesh Due to Overcrowding

Tourists flocking to Japan are increasingly encountering a situation where capturing a clear view of the Himalayas is becoming challenging due to the Mount Fuji scenic spot being overwhelmed with visitors.

 Considered one of the most iconic photo spots globally, Mount Fuji's picturesque view has become a magnet for travelers, leading to overcrowding and disregard for traffic rules and parking regulations by foreign tourists.

In response to complaints from local residents, authorities have taken measures to address the issue by installing large black wire mesh around the storefront of a convenience store, resembling Mount Fuji, located in Kawaguchi, a town near Mount Fuji. This move aims to deter tourists from climbing onto the store's roof for better photo opportunities, which has caused inconvenience to local residents.

Despite efforts by local authorities to control the situation, tourists continue to flock to the area, drawn by the mesmerizing view of Mount Fuji. Some even prioritize capturing the perfect shot over respecting safety measures and local regulations.

To manage the influx of tourists and ensure safety, officials have initiated a project to install wire mesh curtains measuring approximately 2 meters wide and 20 meters high, starting this week. Alongside this physical barrier, authorities are also disseminating various informational and cautionary messages and deploying security personnel to educate tourists about responsible behavior.

However, tourists remain undeterred, unwilling to forgo the opportunity to capture the breathtaking beauty of Mount Fuji. This surge in tourism comes amidst the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen a significant increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan, reaching 3 million in March alone. While this influx brings economic benefits, it also presents various challenges, including overcrowding and safety concerns.

Furthermore, tourists intending to climb Mount Fuji during the summer months now face an additional hurdle, as authorities have imposed a fee of $13 for those seeking to ascend the iconic peak during the peak tourist season.

As Japan grapples with the repercussions of surging tourism, striking a balance between promoting tourism and preserving local environments and communities remains a pressing challenge for authorities.


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