Published on : Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto is one of Japan’s best-preserved areas, with 17 UNESCO world heritage sites attracting thousands of tourists to its historic streets in the years before.
In fact, with lot of visitors in the recent years, the area has been struggling with overtourism issues. However, after the corona virus outbreak last month, prompting the Chinese government to restrict outbound overseas group tours, Kyoto is now seeing a drop in tourists so dramatic that local shop owners saying that they haven’t seen anything like it in 30 years.
Kyoto is one of the top destinations for Chinese tourists, making up the largest group of foreign visitors to Japan. The restriction on travel is hitting businesses hard in Japan, and with the number of corona virus cases in Japan continuing to rise, a large number of locals and other international tourists are also avoiding travel, which is increasing the problem.
Hence, for dealing with the issue, merchants around the Ukyo and Nishikyo wards in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district have started a new advertising campaign for encouraging tourists to visit the area.