Soon, getting to one of Japan’s most beautiful islands will be harder.
Iriomote, in Okinawa prefecture, will confine guests to 1,200 every day to forestall overtourism and safeguard the territory of Iriomote wildcats, an imperiled species local to the island, as per a declaration from the Okinawa prefectural government.
Iriomote, which only has 2,400 residents, received approximately 300,000 visitors in a typical year prior to the pandemic. That number will be significantly reduced by the new limit, which allows only 33,000 tourists to visit annually.
The swell in guest numbers at busy times of year has prompted water deficiencies and car crashes, the last option of which have harmed and killed a portion of the wild felines, which are a broadly safeguarded animal groups in Japan.
However, the restrictions on overtourism have not yet been formally enacted; for the time being, local officials “urge (tour companies) to cooperate.”
The unspoiled natural beauty of Iriomote, the second-largest island in Okinawa and a member of the Yaeyama island group, is renowned.
The island has a warm climate all year round because it is closer to Taiwan than most of Japan. This makes it a popular place to snorkel, scuba dive, swim, and hike.
The prefectural government confirms that five UNESCO World Heritage sites around Okinawa will be restricted in the coming year, including Mount Komi and the Nishida River, in addition to the general visitor cap on the island.
Advance reservations, timed entry, and tourist caps may apply to those sites.
After the pandemic, Japan took longer than other nations to reopen its doors. The nation started inviting little gatherings of supported sightseers in June 2022 preceding completely returning four months after the fact.
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