Japan tourists to pay for natural sites
Many visitors to Japan often remark on its natural beauty as well as its buzzing metropolises, with stunning places such as Mount Fuji and the Shiretoko National Park proving especially popular with many bucket list travellers.
However, it could soon become normal for visitors to have to pay a fee before entering any such location – something that could have an impact upon your budget travelling to this magnificent country.
Currently, visiting areas of extreme natural beauty does not cost anything, but prefectural governments have become increasingly vocal about the fact they are expected to maintain and preserve them out of their own pockets.
The Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectural governments are already drawing up plans to charge a 1,000 yen (£5.80) fee for all those wishing to climb Mount Fuji, to be imposed this summer.
It was this action that prompted the Japanese government and the Liberal Democratic Party to come together in order to produce a bill that will legislate how such charges must be taken.
Local authorities will need to draw up proposals on how much they are going to collect and their methods for doing so, as well as provide information on what they plan to use the revenue for.
It is anticipated that the cash will go into creating facilities such as toilets, as well as being used to maintain mountain trails and searching for those who go missing in remote areas.
The cashflow raised from such schemes will likely soar in the years leading up to the 2020 Olympics as more tourists decide to visit the country.
Other natural assets in Japan’s possession include the Nachi Falls, Mount Koya and the cedar-covered island of Jomon Sugi. However, as of now, there is no indication of which local governments will be applying to charge for their sites.