Message from Mayor of Kyoto City
Code of Conduct for Sustainable Tourism in Kyoto
Etiquette in Kyoto
Etiquette by situations
- We ask for your constant attention for “not getting infected,” “not infecting others” and to “not spreading the infection.”
- In order to enjoy your trip with peace of mind, please avoid going to places at times when they are crowded as much as possible. Please also check the live camera feed of popular tourist areas with predictions of how pleasant each place would be to visit at each time of the day.
Airing of live camera feed to check congestion levels around tourist destinations
（Kyoto City Tourism Association YouTube Channel）
- You will find priority seating on all buses. Yield these seats to seniors, people with disabilities, and people with infants, etc.
- Refrain from talking loudly or making phone calls on the bus.
- It is recommended that tourists use a luggage delivery service, so as to enjoy riding the bus unburdened.
- Taxi doors open and close on their own.
- Catching taxis at intersections is prohibited.If at all possible, use taxis at stations and hotels, or catch one at an official taxi stand when available.
- Refrain from talking loudly in the residential areas.
- Do not spread across the road.
- Do not eat while walking.
- Refrain from touching old buildings and objects
- Do not take pictures where prohibited in some areas in the museum
- Do not eat and drink where prohibited in some areas in the museum
- Refrain from touching the exhibits
- Try to be quiet and respectful in shrines and temples
- Refrain from touching old buildinig and objects
- Do not take pictures where prohibited in someareas in shrines and temples
- Take your shoes off before stepping on tatami
- It is useful to have a bag to carry your own shoes when necessary.
- Check in/store your luggage or carry it in front of your body when visiting temples and shrines, in order to prevent accidentally damaging valuable cultural properties.
- Don’t bring your own drinks and foods to a restaurant.
- Don’t cancel reservations at the last minute.
- Please line up in an orderly way.
- Do not eat while walking.
- Bring your own reusable shopping bag and drink bottle.（Tip）
- Support local businesses and buy locally made crafts.（Tip）
- Please sit down to use the toilet.（European style）
- Please squat down to use the toilet.（Japanese style）
- Do not throw the toiletpaper away in the trash bin. Please place the toilet paper in the toilet and flush.
- Don’t take the photos where prohibited.
- Be polite when asking maiko and geisha for pictures.
- Littering is prohibited in Japan.
- Please take all trash with you when you leave a place.
- Please be aware that if you litter within a Beautification Enforcement Area, you will be fined up to 30,000 JPY.
- Smoking on streets and sidewalks is very dangerous. Please smoke only in designated smoking areas.
- Please follow traffic rules when riding a bicycle.
- If you park your bicycle outside a designated bicycle parking area it will be removed and you will be charged ￥2,300 for its removal. If a rental bicycle is removed, you will also be charged for the cost to return it to the rental company and to keep it until it can be returned.
- Do not bicycle under the influence.
- For guests staying within Kyoto, for your safety, peace of mind, and for genuine hospitality, please stay at a licensed accommodation.
- Do not take a bath when drunk.
- Do not jump into a bathtub! Also refrain from swimming around in the tub.
- Do not put your towel in the bathwater. Leave it folded on the edge of the tub, etc.
- Do not let long hair soak in the bathtub. Tie it back, etc.
- Sit rather than standing when taking a shower, and do not splash water on other people.
- Do not use more than one space in the washing area or one locker in the dressing room. Be considerate of others.
- There have been a variety of problems concerning the use of fireworks, including individuals lighting fireworks late at night, fireworks producing loud noise, and bottle rockets flying into nearby neighborhoods.
- Make sure that the type of firework you plan to use is allowed in the place where you intend to use it; some types of fireworks are restricted, and there are areas where fireworks are prohibited altogether.
- An amendment to the Aeronautical Act was issued on Sep. 11, 2015 to introduce safety rules on Unmanned Aircraft (UA)/Drones.