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From Kyoto to Kamakura, Japan braces for new surge in overtourism

Coping strategies include free transfers to subway and limits on Mount Fuji climbers

Tourists pose in front of the Great Buddha statue in Kamakura. The city is readying for an influx of tourists during Japan's Golden Week vacation season.   © Getty Images

TOKYO -- Major tourist destinations in Japan have been scrambling to prepare for the strain that visitors will put on public transit systems during the upcoming Golden Week holidays, the first since major pandemic restrictions were lifted.

Packed city buses have become a constant in Kyoto. So from April 27 to May 6, the city is calling on riders to make free transfers from the buses to the city-run subway system via special tickets. A rider will need only pay the 230 yen ($1.46) bus fare to take advantage of the service.

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