Tourism Growth in Kyoto, Japan

Tourism Growth in Kyoto, Japan

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As a result of its rich culture and growing economy, Japan has seen a boom in its tourism
industry over the past decade, with 31 million international visitors being reported in 2018
compared to merely 8 million in 2008. The Japanese government has been strongly supportive of
this influx of tourists to the nation, as tourists spent a record £31.7 billion last year. Satisfied with
this newfound source of revenue, primarily the expenditures of East Asian tourists, the
government is hopeful to reach 40 million visitors annually ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in
Tokyo.
Although the Japanese government is pleased with the growing international interest in their
country, the rise of tourism has not been without its headaches for Japan. The city of Kyoto has
continually struggled with complaints of rude visitors: complaints of illegal loitering and
smoking in the street, as well as taking selfies with and grabbing geishas without their consent
have been voiced. In 2017, Kyoto’s tourism bureau published a behaviour guide to coincide with
a multilingual public broadcast system; such efforts to encourage tourists to be more respectful
have evidently proven ineffective.
Struggling to figure out how to instruct its visitors, Kyoto has turned its attention instead to
diverting tourist attention outside the historic city, promoting six nearby locations as popular
destinations. The ongoing back-and-forth between the growth of the tourism industry and the city
of Kyoto represents a fascinating dynamic in modern Japan, a historically traditionalist country
now actively opening its doors to visitors.

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