/ 29 April 2024

Forget about Fuji

Mount Fuji

We often hear about tourists behaving badly, and now it’s the Japanese who have been irked by shenanigans at one of their most iconic sites… Residents in the town of Fujikawaguchiko near Mount Fuji are going to extreme lengths to curb naughty goings on by erecting a big black barrier above a convenience store to block a popular view of the landmark. Locals say they’ve had enough of mostly foreign tourists dropping rubbish, parking illegally and even climbing on rooftops to get the perfect shot of the mountain with the small Lawson shop in front of it, with the juxtaposition having a “reputation” for being “very Japanese”. A huge 2.5m by 20m mesh net will be put up to block out the view, which locals say is “regrettable… because of some tourists who can’t respect rules”. 

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