Contact Members/Sign Up Reg Form

Kyoto geisha district bans tourists from private alleys due to over tourism.

Photo-Yahoo News UK

The Gion district in Kyoto, renowned for its iconic geisha culture, is implementing measures to address overtourism by restricting access to private alleys, responding to concerns raised by local residents. As part of these efforts, visitors will be prohibited from entering private lanes within the district, aiming to curb instances of disruptive tourist behavior, particularly in areas frequented by geisha and their apprentices, known as maiko.

Residents of Kyoto have voiced longstanding frustrations over the impact of tourism on their community, with the Gion district bearing the brunt of such issues. In December, a council representing Gion residents urged city authorities to address the matter, emphasizing that their neighborhood should not be treated as a mere tourist attraction. Instances of tourists disrespecting cultural norms, such as damaging traditional garments worn by maiko or invading their privacy, have heightened concerns among residents.

In response to ongoing challenges, the council has opted to take a proactive stance by enforcing restrictions on tourist access to private alleys, starting from April. Isokazu Ota, an executive member of the council, expressed the necessity of these measures, citing the urgency of the situation. Signs will be erected to notify visitors of the ban, signaling a concerted effort to manage tourist behavior and preserve the integrity of the Gion district.

While access to public thoroughfares, like Hanamikoji Street, will remain unrestricted, the decision to limit entry to narrower private streets reflects a desire to protect the privacy and dignity of the district's residents and cultural practitioners. Ota highlighted the intrusive nature of tourist behavior, particularly likening it to intrusive paparazzi tactics when geisha traverse the alleys. Previous attempts to mitigate disruptive behavior, such as implementing fines for unauthorized photography, have proven insufficient in addressing the root causes of overtourism.

The Gion district's struggle with overtourism is emblematic of broader challenges faced by popular tourist destinations in Japan, exacerbated by the surge in tourism following the relaxation of pandemic-related restrictions. In response, authorities are exploring various measures to manage visitor numbers and promote responsible tourism practices. For instance, plans to introduce a fee for hikers ascending Mount Fuji aim to regulate foot traffic and ensure the sustainability of the iconic landmark.

By taking proactive steps to address overtourism, the Gion district seeks to strike a balance between preserving its cultural heritage and accommodating visitors' interests. As tourism continues to play a significant role in Japan's economy, sustainable management practices are imperative to safeguarding the unique cultural identity and well-being of local communities.

March 8, 2024 3:38 p.m. 6672

#GionDistrict #KyotoTourism #Overtourism #GeishaCulture #CulturalHeritage #ResponsibleTourism #CommunityConcerns #PreservingTradition #SustainableTravel #LocalResidents #breakingnews #worldnews #headlines #topstories #globalUpdate #dxbnewsnetwork #dxbnews #dxbdnn #dxbnewsnetworkdnn

Kriti Sanon Radiates as a New Bride in Stunning Sindoori Red Lehenga

fashion / celebrity fashion
April 17, 2024 5:16 p.m. 411

Kriti Sanon Stuns in Sindoori Red Lehenga from Manish Malhotra's Kashi Show, Exudes Bridal Charm...Read More.

Unstable weather in UAE: Here are the updates.

uae news / uae-national
April 17, 2024 4:55 p.m. 303

Unstable weather expected to persist until Wednesday evening, as per NCM forecasts....Read More.

Kriti Sanon Radiates as a New Bride in Stunning Sindoori Red Lehenga

Kriti Sanon Stuns in Sindoori Red Lehenga from Manish Malhotra's Kashi Show, Exudes Bridal Charm

Unstable weather in UAE: Here are the updates.

Unstable weather expected to persist until Wednesday evening, as per NCM forecasts.

Japan achieves record monthly tourism numbers with a surge in visitors from India, Germany, and Taiwan

In March, Japan welcomed over 3 million tourists, a record high, with significant numbers arriving from India and the US.

Rain deluge strands Dubai residents in offices for over 30 hours.

Dubai chaos: Residents trapped in offices for over 30 hours due to rain deluge.

Stock market to BSE, NSE closed today for Ram Navami.

BSE, NSE closed today, April 17, for Ram Navami celebrations.

'Surya Tilak' adorns Ram Lalla's forehead at Ayodhya Temple on Ram Navami, radiating divine significance

On Ram Navami, 'Surya Tilak' graces Lord Ram Lalla's forehead at Ayodhya Temple, symbolizing divine radiance.

Biden aims for increased tariffs on Chinese steel to appeal to union voters

Biden pushes for elevated tariffs on Chinese steel while wooing union voters

Dubai Man's All-Night Rescue: Pregnant Nurse, Elderly, Tourists

Assistance in Dubai floods: Pregnant nurse, elderly, tourists aided.

Banks expect Q4 NIM to dip due to liquidity constraints

Adjusted systemic loan growth is expected to slow to 15–15.5% YoY from 17-18% YoY, as per RBI trend and progress data for FY23.

Alia Bhatt rocks 'Gangubai wala safed' cargo pants, chikankari shirt, and a cool hat to beat the summer heat

Alia Bhatt's stylish summer outfit combines comfort and trendiness with an all-white ensemble featuring a chic chikankari shirt paired with cargo pants.

Vrindavan is getting a new landmark a 70-storey skyscraper temple to attract more tourists.

A 70-storey skyscraper temple, the Vrindavan Heritage Tower or Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, is poised to transform the skyline of Vrindavan.

Get In Touch

3001E, 30 Floor, Aspin Commercial Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE

+971 56 450 3476

info@dxbnewsnetwork.com

LAUNCH OF DNN
Follow Us

© DNN. All Rights Reserved.