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31 Jan 2024

Japan Struggles with Overtourism

While countries like China, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka actively seek to boost tourism, Japan faces challenges with "[overtourism](https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/01/30/japan/society/japan-overtourism-local-governments/?utm_source=pianodnu&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=72&tpcc=dnu&pnespid=4u2mjnhe.brf9kqt_ugyvkcx6x0cuinwwqdxh00vqkmvihqr5m8xw53a7api.jcvg9s6qbq)," especially in its smaller cities, necessitating government interventions like deploying extra taxi drivers to crowded destinations. Japan's struggle with the tourism surge, highlighted by concerns over environmental [damage to Mt. Fuji](https://www.npr.org/2023/11/05/1210734177/in-japan-overtourism-is-raising-concerns-about-the-environment-at-mt-fuji) from too many visitors, contrasts sharply with its desire for fewer tourists, as noted by Asia Times. Similarly, in Italy, [the director of Florence's museum](https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/florence-prostitute-accademia-director-cecilie-hollberg-controversy-1234694564/) criticized the impact of excessive tourism on the city, drawing backlash from politicians. This situation underscores a global debate on balancing tourism's economic benefits with preserving local culture and environment.