View of Mt. Fuji in Yamanashi Pref to be Blocked from May 21; Blackout Screen to be Installed to Deter Crowds of Tourists

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Work to install a blackout net and fences is underway near the convenience store in Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, on May 7.

A blackout screen blocking the view of Mt. Fuji near a convenience store popular among foreign tourists is expected to be installed on May 21, Yamanashi Prefecture’s Fujikawaguchiko town government announced.

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Tourists look at Mt. Fuji sitting atop a convenience store in Fuji-Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, on May 10.

Tourists had been flocking to take pictures from the sidewalk across the town’s Kawaguchiko-ekimae Lawson to capture a shot of Mt. Fuji sitting atop the convenience store, causing traffic jams and safety concerns.

The town has already begun work to install a 2.5-meter-tall net spanning 20 meters along the sidewalk to block the view. It also plans to install nine fences, each 80-centimeter-tall and 3-meter-wide, to prevent people from jaywalking across the road in front of Lawson. Work may be delayed in case of bad weather, such as heavy rain.