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Tourist hot spot in Japan blocks view of Mount Fuji

World Tuesday 21/May/2024 14:47 PM
By: DW
Tourist hot spot in Japan blocks view of Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji: Authorities at a popular Japanese town known for one of the most scenic views of Mount Fuji completed the erection of a giant mesh barrier on Tuesday to dissuade poorly behaved tourists from overwhelming the town.

Rowdy crowds at Fujikawaguchiko have frustrated locals for years, with people littering the roads and breaking traffic rules to get the best photo for social media.

Ignoring parking rules and smoking bans, tourists often crammed into a particular spot in the town for a picture of the sacred snow-capped mountain.

The AFP news agency reported the net measures eight feet (2.5 metres) high and 65 feet across (20 metres).

Fujikawaguchiko is in Yamanashi prefecture, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Tokyo.

Officials have expressed regret at taking the measure and said the mesh barrier was the final resort after tourists ignored warnings from security.

On Monday, the Yamanashi prefecture said in a statement that it introduced new rules for the climbing season, starting July 1 to September 10 for those hiking the Yoshida Trail on the Yamanashi side of the 3,776 metre-high mountain.

For example, those who want to climb one of the most popular trails of Mount Fuji will now have to reserve ahead and pay a fee as the location struggles with too many visitors littering and many who attempt rushed "bullet climbing," putting lives at risk.