Japan blocks Mt. Fuji View at Lawson Store, known for ‘Very Japanese’ photo scenes

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Fujikawaguchiko, a resort town, offers numerous vantage points to admire Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest peak. However, the Lawson store mentioned earlier has gained popularity as a widely shared photo spot among tourist groups, partly due to Lawson being a ubiquitous convenience store brand across Japan. This makes capturing a photo at this location feel “Very Japanese” a moment many travelers wish to preserve during their journey.

An official from Fujikawaguchiko town in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, stated on April 26, 2024, that the installation of mesh fences will commence as early as next week. This net is anticipated to be 2.5 meters high and 20 meters long. The designated installation area is situated in front of the renowned Lawson store, which offers a scenic view of Mount Fuji.

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This decision stems from incidents involving some foreign tourists who failed to adhere to regulations, such as littering and breaking traffic laws. Furthermore, the measure aims to safeguard a nearby dental clinic, as tourists have been known to park unlawfully and even climb onto the clinic’s roof to capture the perfect photo opportunity.

Local authorities have expressed that this action is a last resort after previous attempts with traffic signs and warnings from security personnel proved ineffective. They hope that this barrier will not be a long-term solution and intend to maintain it only until the situation improves.

The number of international tourists visiting Japan reached a record high in March 2024, exceeding 3 million for the first time. However, this surge has also brought about numerous challenges for Japan. The recent decision to install a barrier overlooking Mount Fuji in Fujikawaguchiko is part of these ongoing efforts, following the Kyoto government’s announcement of banning tourists from accessing alleys famous for “geisha” activities in the ancient capital.

🇯🇵 This is really not very good news for those who really love traveling to Japan.