Town to block Mount Fuji view over nuisance tourist snappers

A Lawson store with Mount Fuji in the background in the city of Kawaguchi, Saitama prefecture, which lies to the east of the mountain. The town of Fujikawaguchiko, which is erecting the barrier, lies to the west of the mountain (Phurinee Chinakathum/Dreamstime)
A town in Japan has decided to put up a large mesh screen behind a local convenience store to block the view of Mount Fuji behind it because too many tourists are stopping to take a novelty snapshot.

The majestic, active volcano can be seen from many places in the resort town of Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi prefecture.

But the view from in front of a Lawson convenience store there seems especially to tickle tourists’ fancy because Lawson stores are ubiquitous in Japan.

An official from the town said the spot’s popularity was causing problems because tourists were flouting traffic rules and littering.

“It’s regrettable we have to do this because of some tourists who can’t respect rules,” the official told news agency AFP.

The mesh net due to go up this week is 2.5m high and 20m long.

Overseas tourism is booming in Japan, where the number of monthly visitors exceeded 3 million in March for the first time, AFP reports.

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