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Japan's prime Mount Fuji views are so prized, a Japanese developer is destroying a nearly complete apartment building to keep complaining neighbors happy

Aditi Bharade   

Japan's prime Mount Fuji views are so prized, a Japanese developer is destroying a nearly complete apartment building to keep complaining neighbors happy
  • Japanese property developer Sekisui House is planning to demolish one of its newest developments.
  • The decision came after neighbors complained that it blocked their view of Mount Fuji.

First, Japan erected an eight-foot mesh barrier in front of a popular spot in the resort town of Fujikawaguchiko, where tourists flock to take pictures of Mount Fuji.

Then it announced plans to build a tall, anti-tourist metal fence at another popular photo spot, the Mount Fuji Dream Bridge.

The quest to preserve these pristine views, however, just got more intense — a Japanese property developer has decided to knock down its nearly-finished 10-storied condominium after neighbors complained that it would block their view of the snowy peak.

The Grand Maison Kunitachi Fujimi Dori condominium, built by developer Sekisui House, is located in western Tokyo, in an area famous for its views of the country's highest mountain. The building is located on Fujimi Street, a picturesque viewing street.

In a statement on Tuesday, the developer said that it tried to change the condominium's design to reduce its impact on the view, but eventually decided to knock it down entirely.

"We have concluded that the current situation has a significant impact on the landscape, and have come to the conclusion that the despair from Fujimi Street is a priority, and have independently decided to cancel this project," Sekisui House said in the statement.

The condominium comprised 18 housing units, priced from around $445,000 to $646,000, per the report by Bloomberg.

Its tenants were due to move into the condominium in a month's time, per Bloomberg.

A spokesperson for the developer told Bloomberg that the company would compensate its apartment buyers and assist them with finding housing if required.

That said, Japan's efforts to prevent Fuji-hunting tourists from creating a nuisance for the locals have been aggressive — but travelers yearning for the perfect picture have found ways to foil these plans.

For one, the authorities found about 10 finger-sized holes in the mesh in Fujikawaguchiko just a week after the barrier went up.

Sekisui House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.




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