June 21, 2024

As Japan experiences a surge in tourism, the country is implementing new measures to combat overtourism and preserve its iconic attractions. If you’re planning a trip to Japan in 2024, it’s essential to be aware of these changes to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. According to Condé Nast Traveller magazine, here are five things you need to know before embarking on your Japanese adventure.

Mt. Fuji’s Yoshida Trail Hike Fees

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As per Condé Nast Traveller, to protect the delicate ecosystem and ensure the safety of climbers, new regulations on visitor numbers will be implemented on Mt. Fuji’s Yoshida Trail starting July 1, 2024. The trail, which is the most popular route, will have a daily limit of 4,000 climbers, making it crucial to reserve your spot in advance on the official website.

Additionally, hiking the Yoshida Trail will no longer be free, with a ¥2,000 (approximately $15) entry fee charged to contribute to trail maintenance and environmental protection.

No More Photos at Mt. Fuji Viewing Spot

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Condé Nast Traveller reports that in the Japanese resort town of Fujikawaguchiko, tourists visiting the Lawson convenience store chain for that perfect photo of Mt. Fuji will be greeted with a large mesh net that will completely block the view. After numerous complaints about tourist misbehaviour, local authorities have decided to construct a massive barrier to deter visitors from flocking to this popular spot.

Kyoto’s Geisha District Ban Tourists

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As per Condé Nast Traveller, visitors will not be allowed to enter the alleyways of Gion, one of Kyoto’s popular tourist attractions, in an attempt to combat overtourism. Previous attempts to deter tourists from approaching geishas have failed, prompting this measure as a way to deal with “unruly tourists.”

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A New Bullet Train for a Less Explored Japan

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If you’re looking for a place away from the crowds, Condé Nast Traveller suggests exploring the coastal prefecture of Fukui. Starting March, a new bullet train will connect Tokyo to this region, offering a quicker travel time of just three hours. Here, visitors can explore charming fishing villages, ancient temples, and beautiful hot springs that are off the beaten path.

Respect Local Customs

With Japan’s growing popularity as a tourist destination, it’s crucial to plan ahead and respect local customs and regulations. By being aware of the new rules and changes, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip while contributing to the preservation of Japan’s natural and cultural treasures.

Remember, responsible tourism is key to enjoying the best of Japan while minimising the impact on its delicate ecosystems and preserving its rich heritage for generations to come.

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