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The impact of tourism on Mt Fuji

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Erin Rench

on 25 August 2016

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Transcript of The impact of tourism on Mt Fuji

Introduction & General Information Scene One

Mount Fuji is the single most popular tourist site in Japan, for both Japanese and foreign tourists. More than 200,000 people climb to the summit every year, mostly during the warmer summer months. Japan, Mt Fuji is regarded as having its own soul (this is part of the animism [living souls in nature] of Shintoism).
How are they dealing with the problem?
Fourth scene
At the moment, the people of Japan are trying to come up with solutions to the growing damage to Mt Fuji that tourism produces. Some of these are;
- New guidelines for climbers who scale Mount Fuji out of season were introduced to protect both the hikers and the mountain.
- The Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectural governments are considering imposing fees on visitors to Mount Fuji to control crowds.
- Educating climbers and visitors about the need to protect Mount Fuji’s environment.
- The number of privately owned cars entering the area should be restricted and signs and buildings that would damage Mount Fuji’s natural beauty must be prohibited.

Positive Effects Second Scene
Some positive effects of tourism on Mount Fuji include;
- It allows tourists to experience the Japanese culture and heritage.
- Provides income to the local people living in the Mt Fuji region.
- Mount Fuji is a symbol of Japan and Japanese culture.
- Provides tourist funds for the Japanese gov.

The impact of tourism on Mt Fuji
Negative impacts third scene

- Tourist attractions are detrimental to the environment on and around Mount Fuji.
- At least seven people died and 70 were hurt climbing Fuji In 2012, and traffic jams of climbers in the pre-dawn darkness can add to the risks, says Shomei Yokouchi, governor of Yamanashi, the area to the west.
- Each year 40,000 to 50,000 volunteers clean up garbage on the peak. Groups collected nearly 900 tons to prepare for June's World Heritage vote by UNESCO, the U.N.'s cultural organization.
- Acid rain from sea water mixed with emissions from factories on the coast are jeopardizing the mountain
- Tight budgets mean fewer resources available to support conservation.

What can we do to help? Fifth scene

We can help by;
- Reducing litter and picking up any rubbish seen on the mountain
- Be careful when climbing the mountain
- Go in small groups
Reduce transport (other than on foot) on the mountain
Don’t disrespect the mountain. E.g. taking parts off the mountain, ruining it’s terrain, littering.
Supporting the UNESCO
Volunteering to pick up rubbish and look after the mountain



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