There is no more Mount Fuji: Japanese city erects huge black screen to deter crowds of selfie-seeking tourists

Destinations in Europe have taken similar measures to try to combat overtourism.

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A city in Japan is so fed up with tourists that they have built a huge fence that blocks their view of the attraction they come to: the famous Mount Fuji.

The 20 meter long and 2.5 meter high fence is covered with black mesh netting, not the most social media-friendly backdrop for the selfies that visitors flock to.

Fujikawaguchiko is known to offer some of the best views of the iconic Japanese mountain. But locals have had enough of tourists blocking sidewalks and stopping traffic to get the perfect photo.

A particularly popular spot for taking photographs was outside a Lawson’s convenience store, where a photograph taken at a particular angle would make it appear as if Mount Fuji was sitting high on the store’s roof. He tourists, mostly foreigners, even nicknamed the place “Mt. Fuji Lawson.

“Kawaguchiko is a city built on tourism, and I welcome many visitors, and the city welcomes them too, but there are many things in their manners that are worrying,” says Michie Motomochi, owner of a cafe that it serves Japanese sweets near the photo location.

Motomochi mentioned littering, crossing the street in heavy traffic, ignoring traffic lights and trespassing on private property.

Where else can tourists get photographs of Mount Fuji?

Still, there are other places where tourists can find their ideal photo spot.

Yamanashi Prefecture, where the Yoshida Trail is also located, the most popular of the four routes to reach the 3,776-meter-high peak. mountain – introduced a reservation system ahead of this year’s Fuji climbing season to reduce overcrowding, litter and safety risks.

Under the new plan, only 4,000 climbers per day will be allowed onto the trail for a fee of 2,000 yen (about 18 euros), with the option to donate an additional 1,000 yen (about 9 euros) for conservation during the climbing season. , which begins on July 1 and runs until September 10.

Designated a UNESCO Mount Fuji, declared a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2013, used to be a pilgrimage site.

Today, it is popular with hikers who climb to the top to watch the sunrise. But the tons of trash left behind, including plastic bottles, food and even clothing, have become a major concern.

Where else is there an attempt to end excess tourism?

Kawaguchiko isn’t the first place to try to reclaim its home from tourists, though theirs is one of the boldest pushbacks we’ve seen yet.

Also in Japan, the Geisha district of Kyoto has They closed some streets to tourists after “misbehavior.”

Menorca’s most popular tourist attraction, a small town with whitewashed houses, has entered visiting hours in an attempt to reduce the number of visitors.

Venice, one of Italy’s most popular destinations, has been a favorite. a years-long battle to manage visitors, who often outnumber residents. They have recently introduced a hiker fee as well as ban speakers.