Mount Fuji, a key landmark in Japan standing at 3,776 meters, recently had its view obscured. Authorities in Fujikawaguchiko placed a 20-meter by 2.5-meter barrier blocking the view from a busy road, a popular spot for taking photos. This decision was made to tackle issues such as littering and illegal parking by tourists, which had become a significant nuisance and posed dangers to local traffic safety. Kikue Katsumata, a local resident, while welcoming tourists, highlighted the risks due to visitors not using designated crossing areas.

The recent increase in tourists, especially noticeable in March and April, brought substantial economic gains to Japan, with visitors spending a record amount in the first quarter of 2024. This spike in tourism, partly due to a favorable exchange rate after the yen’s depreciation, has sparked broader concerns. Many regions, experiencing the downsides of increased tourist numbers, are considering measures to mitigate these effects. For instance, cities like Osaka and resort towns like Hakone are contemplating imposing tourism taxes to better manage the influx. Cyril Malchand, a French tourist, made a specific journey to see the mountain before the view was blocked, sympathizing with the local residents’ concerns about the hazards posed by unchecked tourist activities.