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Tourists face new tax for stays in Mt. Fuji town, city from 2026



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Exciting news from the foot of Mount Fuji! Two municipalities in Yamanashi Prefecture are planning to introduce an accommodation tax by 2026 to enhance the local tourism industry and combat overtourism.

Katsuya Shimizu, from Fuji-Kawaguchiko, shared that the town's main industry is tourism, but tax revenues are declining due to demographic changes. By implementing this tax, guests will contribute to the tourism sector's growth and help manage overtourism.

With over 2 million overnight visitors annually, Fuji-Kawaguchiko is a popular destination with its stunning lakes and views of Mount Fuji. However, aging facilities are in need of renovations to improve accessibility and overall experience for guests.

Mayor Hideyuki Watanabe's commitment to introducing this tax aligns with the town's goal of enhancing hospitality and addressing issues like littering and overcrowding. The added revenue could significantly boost the annual tourism budget by 200 million yen, benefiting both locals and visitors alike.

Excitingly, the neighboring city of Fuji-Yoshida also plans to introduce an accommodation tax in 2026, working closely with Fuji-Kawaguchiko to ensure consistency. This initiative follows the footsteps of other major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Fukuoka, which have successfully implemented similar taxes.

Let's support these efforts to create a more sustainable and enjoyable tourism experience at the foot of Mount Fuji. Stay tuned for updates on the tax amount, concrete measures, and the positive impact it will have on our beloved destinations. Together, we can make a difference!


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