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Japan Town Erects Barrier to Block Mt. Fuji View from ‘Bad-Mannered’ Tourists

Mount Fuji Barrier

A small Japanese town has begun constructing a barrier to block views of the iconic Mount Fuji due to complaints from locals about misbehavior by photo-seeking tourists. Fujikawaguchiko town is building panels of mesh netting at a location where a steady stream of mostly foreign tourists visit daily to take photos of the renowned mountain, which is visible behind a Lawson convenience store.

Here are some details according to the report of The Philippine Star.

Problematic Behavior

The town’s residents and officials say that while they welcome visitors, they need to address problematic behaviors by tourists. These include continuously crossing the street, ignoring red lights, littering, trespassing, illegally parking, and smoking outside of designated areas. The behavior has created safety concerns and inconveniences for locals.

A dentist’s office located across the street from the Lawson store stated that visitors often refused to move their cars when asked and threw lit cigarettes on the ground.

The barrier of Mount Fuji will stand 2.5 meters (8 feet) high and stretch over 20 meters long. It is intended to discourage tourists from loitering at the problematic spot. However, the move has sparked controversy, with critics arguing that it will only exacerbate the issue by pushing tourists to find other risky spots to capture their photos.

Japan has faced increasing problems with overtourism, particularly at popular sites like the narrow private alleys of Kyoto and trails on Mount Fuji. The barrier has drawn national and international attention, highlighting the growing challenge of managing tourist behavior at high-traffic locations.

Local Reactions and Solutions

The barrier’s effectiveness divides residents and local officials. Some residents understand the need for action but regret that it has come to this. A 60-year-old resident named Watanabe noted that while the barrier is unfortunate, it is perhaps necessary due to repeated violations of basic manners.

A possible solution could be to create designated photo spots to redirect tourists to safer locations. A local resident named Ama suggested that visitors explore other scenic locations around the town where they can capture beautiful views of Mount Fuji without causing disruption.

Meanwhile, some tourists, like Australian Trinity Robinson, speculated that the barrier might lead to more dangerous behavior, with people trying to find alternative ways to take their photos.

Fujikawaguchiko town officials stated that the barrier is intended to address safety and quality-of-life concerns while encouraging tourists to explore other areas responsibly. The town’s efforts are part of a broader conversation about balancing tourism with community needs and safety.

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