G20 ministers vow to address issue of 'overtourism' at Hokkaido meeting

National Oct 27, 2019

G20 ministers vow to address issue of 'overtourism' at Hokkaido meeting

Tourism ministers from the Group of 20 leading industrialized nations and emerging economies agreed Saturday to step up efforts to address friction between visitors and local residents and the destruction of nature through what is called 'overtourism.' In a declaration issued after a two-day meeting ...

Japan's anime tourism: A blend of cash and chaos

National Sep 15, 2019

Japan's anime tourism: A blend of cash and chaos

by Yi Xiaojun

When Liu Chenyu and Ji Xiaotian arrived in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, for their honeymoon early this summer, the Great Buddha and Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine, two well-known tourist spots in the area, weren't what they wanted to see. Their destination was a railway crossing near Kamakura ...

Reader Mail Jul 26, 2019

The negative side of Kyoto tourism

As a long-term foreign resident of Kyoto, I read the View from Osaka column "Four Kansai issues stirring up Upper House election" (July 21) with great interest. Mass tourism, of course, is becoming more and more of a problem worldwide, and is certainly being contributed ...

Kyoto works to disperse crowds amid fears of 'overtourism'

National Nov 8, 2018

Kyoto works to disperse crowds amid fears of 'overtourism'

The city of Kyoto, one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, is aiming to attract travelers to lesser-known spots to ease "overtourism" that has increased complaints among both visitors and locals. Having been rated highly in foreign travel magazine polls, the number of visitors ...