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Covid-19 Information

 As a city of cultural tourism visited by people from all over Japan and the world, Kyoto will continue to provide wonder, discovery, and hospitality while ensuring the peace of mind and safety of its residents, tourists, and those who work in its tourism industry even as the threat of the novel coronavirus infectious disease continues.

Requests to travelers on preventing the spread of COVID-19

 We ask for your constant attention for “not getting infected,” “not infecting others” and to “not spreading the infection.”As part of basic infection countermeasures, please constantly take the following precautions:

  • Ventilate the air in rooms and, frequently wash and disinfect your hands.
  • If you feel unwell, even if the symptoms are light, refrain from going outside and contact the Multilingual Visitor Hotline (24H) on new coronavirusJapan National Tourism Organizationor consult other medical institutions.
  • Even when you are outdoors, if you wish to talk in a situation that does not allow plenty of distance from others, please wear a mask. On the other hand, even when you are indoors, if you are not going to talk, you are not required to wear a mask.
  • Try to keep enough distance from others and avoid high-risk actions such as talking loudly.
However, the use of a facemask during hot and humid weather or during physical exercise increases the risk of a heat stroke, as it can trap heat or hinder breathing. It is recommended to take a break from wearing your facemask as much as necessary at a safe distance from other people.
Heat strokes are caused by the failure of the body to adapt to hot and humid external conditions, and symptoms include dizziness, muscle stiffness, heavy sweating, headaches, nausea, and altered mental states. Please see the webpage below for more detailed precautions related to heat strokes.

Coronavirus(COVID-19)Control Measures for safe Travel in Japan(JNTO)

If you have symptoms during your stay in Kyoto city

  •  If you experience symptoms such as fever, sense of fatigue, coughing, or throat pain at the hotel you are staying at while in Kyoto, please notify the front desk using the telephone from your room. (Please stay in your room, and let the hotel staff advise you.)
  • If you feel symptoms before checking into your hotel or after checking out, please call the Kyoto Novel Coronavirus Medical Consultation Center.
Kyoto Novel Coronavirus Medical Consultation Center
Phone:075-414-5487
(open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; this consultation center is for Kyoto Prefecture as well as Kyoto City)

Languages: Consultation in English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese is available from 10 AM to 8 PM, Thai from 9 AM to 6 PM.
  • When visiting a medical institution, please make sure to wear a mask.
  • Please inform the “Kyoto Novel Coronavirus Medical Consultation Center” whether or not you have overseas travel insurance.
For those who have symptoms such as fever and wish to seek medical consultation and get tested(Kyoto Prefecture
https://www.pref.kyoto.jp/kentai/corona/foreign-tourists/medicalinenglish.html

Please cooperate with infection countermeasures when eating and drinking.

  • Dine at shops (certified shops) taking appropriate countermeasures
  • Wear a mask when talking!
  • Do not speak in loud voices when in a restaurant
  • Choose seats with adequate space in between and refrain from staying for too long
These stickers are given to restaurants and shops that serve food or drinks which practice COVID control measures meeting standards set by Kyoto Prefecture as a part of a program to encourage businesses to create environments that further promote safety and peace of mind for Kyoto residents and tourists.


Enjoy Kyoto with peace of mind (advice for tourism during the pandemic)

  • 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. There are many points of interest in Kyoto that are relatively less famous but still worth visiting, or that can be enjoyed in early morning or night when there are less people.
  • Please also check the websites of the tourist destinations or restaurants you plan to visit, as business hours may change and scheduled events may be canceled for COVID control purposes.

 Airing of live camera feed to check congestion levels around tourist destinations

The Kyoto City Tourism Association shares live camera feed of popular tourist areas with predictions of how pleasant each place would be to visit at each time of the day. (English and Chinese-language versions coming soon.)

Kyoto City Tourism Association YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/c/DMOKYOTO

Sightseeing in the morning and night

The morning is best for discovering Kyoto’s everyday. Crisp morning air, stone-paved streets catching the morning sun, serene gardens—mornings in Kyoto are full of fresh wonders that are different from those you can find in the noon or evening. You can go from location to location easily in the early morning, and visit the popular tourist spots when they are less crowded. Enjoy the city’s candid beauty by exploring it in the morning.

The night is best if you wish to become immersed in the calm atmosphere of this ancient city. In the moonlight, the town takes on an appearance that is different from that in noon, and there is a distinctive charm of this old city in the night breeze and dim light.

Kyoto shrines and temples open to morning prayers and visits
https://kyoto.travel/en/see-and-do/kyotointhemorning.html

Events

It has been decided that the Yamaboko Junkō processions of floats will be carried out as usual during the Gion Festival of 2022. However, it has yet to be determined as to whether the Yoiyama annual activities (on the eve of the day of the processions) will be carried out this year. (The festival plans may undergo significant revisions depending on the COVID-19 situation.)

Our guidelines as hosts

 We have formulated and have been disseminating the following declarations and guidelines to follow as hosts welcoming travelers to Kyoto.

Four Declarations for the realization of a “New Style of Tourism”

  1. We will make efforts to minimize the infection risks of residents by thoroughly practicing COVID control measures for the tourists and those who work in the tourism industry.
  2. We will make efforts to minimize the infection risks of tourists by thoroughly practicing COVID control measures at facilities and in services.
  3. We will make efforts to minimize the infection risks of those who work in the tourism industry through appropriate COVID control measures and guidance.
  4. We will realize harmony between thorough COVID control measures and hospitality, and warmly welcome all tourists.

Six Guidelines for the Realization of the Four Declarations

  1. Thorough implementation of infection control measures at facilities and in services
  2. Thorough implementation of infection control measures and health management for workers
  3. Thoroughness in requesting tourists to cooperate with infection control measures
  4. Thorough preparation and response to situations where there arises the possibility that tourists or workers have been infected
  5. Thorough acceptance of tourists with hospitality
  6. Thorough efforts in accordance with the situation of each industry

Other sources of information related to COVID-19 and disease control measures

Multilingual Visitor Hotline (24H) on new coronavirusJNTO
https://www.jnto.go.jp/jpn/projects/visitor_support/japanvisitorhotline.pdf


About COVID-19 (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000164708_00079.html


Fast TrackMinistry of Health, Labour and Welfare
You can pre-register for airport quarantine procedures!
With this app you can complete some quarantine procedures before you enter Japan. Fast Track is available for those entering from Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport,Chubu Centrair International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Fukuoka Airport.
Please complete the pre-application via the app at least 6 hours prior to your flight’s scheduled arrival time.
https://www.hco.mhlw.go.jp/fasttrack/en/

Read more

The ❛new normal❜ for tourism in Kyoto
https://kyoto.travel/en/see-and-do/new_normal.html

The Kyoto Trail 
Distance yourself from the city 
https://kyoto.travel/en/see-and-do/kyototrail.html

Hospitality in the COVID Era - 1: Kyoto City's Theater, Bike Rental Shop,and the City Bus
https://kyoto.travel/en/blog/2020/safehospitality01.html

Keeping your social distance in Kyoto
https://kyoto.travel/en/see-and-do/socialdistance.html