Japan is launching its first survey on "overtourism," or the phenomenon of a popular destination becoming overrun with tourists in an unsustainable way, to counter nuisances such as noise and congestion that disrupt local residents' lives, according to officials.

The Japan Tourism Agency aims to compile a report by the end of March based on a survey of municipalities with major tourists spots, and to explore ways to foster environments where tourism can coexist with residents' lives amid a surge in foreign visitors to the country.

The agency has already sent questionnaires to around 50 local governments and will start a further survey of another 150 or so before the end of October.