Kyoto’s bonfire festival is popular with tourists. Photo: EPAKyoto’s bonfire festival is popular with tourists. Photo: EPA
Kyoto’s bonfire festival is popular with tourists. Photo: EPA

‘Pollution by tourism’: How Japan fell out of love with visitors from China and beyond

Foreign arrivals have quadrupled in less than 15 years, fuelled by Tokyo’s Visit Japan campaign, but the increase has taken its toll: destinations like Kyoto now serve as a warning to be careful what you wish for

Topic |   Chinese tourists
Kyoto’s bonfire festival is popular with tourists. Photo: EPAKyoto’s bonfire festival is popular with tourists. Photo: EPA
Kyoto’s bonfire festival is popular with tourists. Photo: EPA
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