A Japanese city has built a fence around where tourists take photos of Mount Fuji

A Japanese city built a fence around the place where tourists take photos of Mount Fuji / Photo: Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP / Profimedia

The Japanese city of Fujikawaguchiko installed a large mesh barrier at a popular Mount Fuji viewing spot today in an attempt to deter the growing number of tourists from taking pictures. Japan's most famous sight can be seen from elsewhere, but locals in Fujikawaguchiko are fed up with the influx of mostly foreign visitors who litter, trespass on private property and break traffic rules in search of a photo to share on social media. networks.

Parking illegally and ignoring the smoking ban, they gather on the sidewalk to take pictures of the snow-capped mountain rising photogenically into the sky behind the store, residents said. The workers today started to install the black net measuring 2,5 by 20, said an AFP journalist from the scene.

"I think it's disappointing that they're putting that up. After all, it is a legendary sight. But I hope the network will prevent these dangerous actions of tourists," resident Michi Motomochi (41), who runs a traditional Japanese sweets shop, told AFP.

Mount Fuji / Photo EPA/EVERETT KENNEDY BROWN

"I think it's disappointing that they're putting it up. "We were here last night, we managed to get the last shot before they built the wall, and there were so many people," said Christina Royce, 36, a tourist from New Zealand. "But that decision is completely understandable. It is quite dangerous because of the traffic. There are other places where you can take photos of the mountain", explains the tourist.

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