In Japan, this viewpoint on Mount Fuji has become too popular and is forced to close

The roof of the Lawson convenience store in Fujikawaguchiko: a popular viewpoint over Mount Fuji

Located in the town of Fujikawaguchiko, the Lawson convenience store has in recent years become a must-visit place for tourists wishing to admire Mount Fuji. Indeed, its roof offers a breathtaking view of this emblematic summit of Japan, culminating at 3,776 meters above sea level and the result of volcanic activity approximately 100,000 years old.

But faced with the growing influx of visitors, the authorities decided to erect a palisade to block access to this famous viewpoint. A difficult choice but necessary to preserve the environment and avoid the problems caused by certain disrespectful tourists.

The reasons behind this radical decision

The growing popularity of the Lawson Convenience Store roof among tourists is partly explained by its presence on social media. Many people come here to take photos and share them on Instagram or Facebook. Unfortunately, some of them do not respect the rules and behave badly, causing nuisance for local residents.

Faced with this situation, a representative of the city of Fujikawaguchiko declared: “It’s unfortunate that we have to do this because of tourists not following the rules”. The establishment of the fence therefore aims to combat overtourism and preserve the tranquility of residents.

Mount Fuji: a popular destination for millions of visitors each year

Mount Fuji is not only the highest peak in Japan, but also an iconic symbol of the country. Every year it attracts millions of tourists and around 300,000 hikers during the summer. Here are some of the best places to admire Mount Fuji:

  • Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
  • The five Fuji lakes (Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Yamanakako, Shojiko and Motosuko)
  • Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine

For those who want to get even closer to Mount Fuji, it is possible to hike to its summit during the official climbing season which runs from early July to early September.

Alternatives to enjoy the view of Mount Fuji without harming the environment

Although it is no longer possible to access the roof of the Lawson convenience store to admire Mount Fuji, fortunately there are many other options to enjoy the view of this majestic peak. By opting for less frequented sites, you also contribute to limit the impact of tourism on the environment and preserve Japan’s natural beauty.

To conclude, it is important to remember that respect for the rules and the inhabitants is essential when visiting a foreign country. Everyone must demonstrate responsibility and good citizenship so that everyone can enjoy the wonders that our world has to offer.

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