2019年12月17日

“I don't want foreign tourists to come” Kyoto, Gion “Unauthorized photography on private roads is 10,000 yen”… Local phone

Shooting without permission will be charged 10,000 yen

Kyoto is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan, where you can experience shrines and temples, the cityscape, culture, and entertainment unique to Japan.

In particular, many foreign tourists visit Gion in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, where the cityscapes of the ancient city of Kyoto are lined up.

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Gion is visited by a large number of tourists, but the Gion-machi south district council has decided to ban unauthorized photography on private roads around Hanamikoji Street around Gion on the 25th and urged not to take pictures A sign was installed.

In the south of Gion-cho, there have been many violations of manners such as taking pictures of the streets, taking pictures of maiko, and taking pictures without permission of private houses. Until now, foreign tourists who couldn't follow good manners have been appealed to raise awareness of good manners, but they didn't work.

The new signage also says in English and Chinese that "Unauthorized photography costs 10,000 yen." If a private road photo shoot is found, the photographer will be charged 10,000 yen, but it is not legally binding.

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While benefiting from the increase in the number of foreign tourists, while the negative impact of “overtourism” caused by a larger number of people than expected is also a problem, the editorial department previously covered the efforts of Kyoto City.
(Reference article: "Overtourism" that falls due to the increase in foreign tourists ... I asked Kyoto City to protect local residents)

I wonder if these efforts were not effective and made this decision. I asked the Gion Town South District Council.


There is no plan to collect 10,000 yen on the signboard !?

-Why did you decide to ban photography on private roads?

The council has implemented various measures proposed by its members against the nuisance of foreign tourists, which has increased rapidly in recent years. However, there are no successful examples of effective countermeasures. This time as well as part of the countermeasures. If there is no effect, you can stop it.


-What is the reaction of residents about this decision?

The residents of the district and commercial establishments have not had a good impression on tourists since before, and we have not heard any objection to date regarding this measure.

-Who has paid 10,000 yen so far? Was there anyone who was charged?

There is no plan to collect 10,000 yen from the beginning. However, there are a lot of relevant tourists.


-Why is it written on the signboard saying "Unauthorized photography will be charged 10,000 yen" even though there is no plan to collect 10,000 yen?

I do n’t know if it ’s effective, but I think it ’s a deterrent.


-"I will receive 10,000 yen" is not legally binding, but do you think it will be effective?

For now, foreign tourists who have seen the high bill seem to refrain from taking pictures.


-How do you spend the money you collect?

I don't intend to collect it, and of course I don't use it.


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Previously installed signboards
"I don't want foreign tourists to come"

--- How many places are there "10,000 yen for photography without permission"?

On the 25th, only one will be installed for the media, and a total of 4 will be installed in the future.


-Is it OK to take photos on public roads?

Public roads are OK.However, foreign tourists cannot distinguish between public and private roads.


ー ー Do you not want tourists to come too much as the Gion-machi south district council?

It is the recognition of all members of the council that the area is not a tourist destination but a commercial place (about 300 people living or operating in the area). Therefore, there are no stores for tourists.I think it's honest that I don 't want you to come.


-What do you want to appeal to tourists?

I think the consensus is "I don't want foreign tourists to come".


He said that he would not actually charge 10,000 yen, but he decided to install a new signboard in anticipation of deterrence against nuisance that could not be easily improved.
Inbound is important when considering Japan, but if you allow foreign tourists to do anything they can't coexist with local residents.
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