Japan banning tourists for ‘bad manners’
A growing number of Japanese tourism attractions are refusing to accept foreign tourists because they display “bad manners” when visiting sites.
Some of these tourist sites said they had tried to prevent unruly behaviour, but the continued rudeness had hurt their businesses and their reputations.
The Asahi Shinbun reported that the Nanzoin temple famed for a huge lying Buddha called Nebotoke-san, has posted signs in 12 languages at its precincts and the nearby station, describing Nanzoin as an important place of prayer and telling non-Japanese tourists that they are not welcome there.
According to Kakujo Hayashi, 65, chief priest of Nanzoin, the problems started around 10 years ago, when 20 to 30 buses of overseas sightseers would flock to the temple daily after arriving in Fukuoka city by cruise ship.
The tourist influx drastically changed the atmosphere of Nanzoin. Some visitors blared music while splashing in water around a waterfall for Buddhism training. One tourist even climbed to the roof of a building on the temple grounds.
Yatsushirogu shrine also temporarily stopped accepting all worshippers on the days cruise ships called at a nearby port in August 2017.