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"Is Kyoto's Ban on Tourists from Geisha Districts Justified? Exploring the Controversy"

Updated: May 29

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Recent rumblings from fair Kyoto give caution for concern - yet may offer hope in disguise if approached with empathy, wisdom and care for community well being over indulging pleasures alone. With the rise of disrespectful tourists, the government of Kyoto has decided to ban tourists from entering certain areas, we are deeply disturbed by this news. Although it is justified, some people just cannot behave correctly while traveling. Today we aim to spread awareness on this controversial new law being put in place.

Woodblock Print Geisha
Geisha Woodblock Print

As the beloved capital of culture for centuries, golden Kyoto sees floods yearly of curious souls like moths to jeweled lanterns dotting her sacred spaces. Such volumes stir unease amongst residents whose quiet life current faces risk of becoming tourist attraction rapid instead of living Heritage preserved. The vibes in Kyoto have an unmatched feel of old Japan compared to the other major cities. It makes sense why people feel great connections to this area, the culture and lifestyle moves at a difference pace.

Now authorities enact measured limitations upon certain districts during peak seasons, aiming not isolation but balance restored. Breathing room provides where overcrowding strained soul of place and patience of people bearing brunt daily without respite from flash and blitz of cameras.

Keep Out Sign in Japan
KEEP OUT Sign in Japan

Does this damage Kyoto's allure alone? I think not - rather it invites deeper discovery through alternative routes and appreciation of hidden scenic arteries pumping lifeblood within city walls year-round. Many treasures remain unlocked with keys of care, respect and rapport instead of entitlement at gates. We can still find magic in Kyoto, it is just sad that we cannot go into some of the most treasured areas anymore, well at least not until we can find a deeper respect and understanding of this new law. It should be common knowledge not to harass people, this really makes us question how some of these foreigners are allowed into the country at all.

With cooperation from all parties and understanding for needs of hosts as visitors, a collaborative path can emerge. One honoring authentic traditions while keeping Kyoto relevant worldwide through promotion of lesser-trod areas and seasonal ebbs stewarding her pace and atmosphere so majestic in quietude. Leaving the Geisha's alone would be a good start, as it's been the main issue in the controversial new law being placed by the Kyoto government.

By approaching change with open and thoughtful discourse, opportunity arrives where restriction was perceived. Let cooperation thrive through empathetic eyes seeing each other's full humanity. A balanced answer acknowledging all ensures Kyoto's radiance remains a beacon for generations seeking timeless treasures of Japan.

Authorities recognize a full ban harms livelihoods yet overtourism stresses residents' wellbeing. A limited lift with strict monitors aims to please all parties, and crowds may now spread efforts to less-visited areas still holding untold beauty. We should always put our best foot forward while traveling, but unfortunately the bad apples have ruined the bunch as they often do.

Restrictions stand for hotspots like bamboo groves and Arashiyama where disrespect grew rampant. But new paths welcome adventurers willing to delve deeper into neighborhoods hidden in plane sight. Quieter temples now invite discovery without feeling part of noisy spectacle.


Here at the 5 Things you need to Know about traveling with Respect to Japan.

  1. Bow not too deeply nor too shallow when greeting folks, less thee topple over like a sinking ship or appear as having a stiff neck like a grumpy owl. A respectful nod will suffice. This is always a standard going out to eat or shopping just about anywhere.

  2. Slurp thy noodles with gusto as the locals do, but quietly - we seek harmony, not a percussion section! Spill not the broth and soak thy neighbor as thou lap.

  3. Shoes off before entering homes and temples, lest ye track in mud to anger the floor gods. (They be vengeful in summer and hangry after napping all winter).

  4. Train etiquette - Stand to the left and mind thy business. No staring at thy fellow travelers like a nosy parrot nor blocking the aisle as an immovable boulder. Do not just stand there in the way of thousands of people, it's inconsiderate and plain disrespectful.

  5. Refrain from acts of obnoxious baffoonery! Display not thy undergarments nor pick thy nose while belting a sea shanty - have some decorum, you scallywag! Keep smiles, questions and an open heart to blend in better than a sore thumb. This is exactly why they have put on Ban on foreigners.


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