Tourists banned from private alleys in Kyoto's geisha district

March 08, 2024

Visitors will be banned from entering private alleys in Kyoto's famous geisha district, a local representative said on Thursday, as the ancient city tackles overtourism after the pandemic. Kyoto residents have long expressed frustration with tourists behaving badly, especially in the city's Gion district, home to teahouses where "geiko" -- as geisha are locally known -- and their young "maiko" apprentices, perform. In December, a Gion district council comprised of residents urged Kyoto City to tackle the issue, saying their neighbourhood "is not a theme park". "We will ask tourists to refrain from entering narrow private streets in or after April," Isokazu Ota, an executive member of the council, told AFP. In 2019, the Gion district council put up signs saying "no photography on private roads" warning of fines of up to 10,000 yen ($67 at today's rates).

The source of this news is from Tuoi Tre News