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Covid-19 countermeasures

Covid-19 countermeasures

 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.

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:

Please thoroughly practice basic COVID-19 countermeasures: Wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizers, and wear a mask when necessary.
l  Please avoid crowded places and hours when possible.
l   Please wear a mask in crowded places or on crowded buses or trains.
l   Based on the decisions of individual organizations, you may be asked to wear a mask in some places.

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
(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

Request for Cooperation of Tourists in Preventing the Spread   
of COVID-19
  (Kyoto City)【PDF】

Enjoy Kyoto with peace of mind

  • 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.

Kyoto City Tourism Association YouTube channel

Kyoto Travel Congestion Forecast

We provide useful information for avoiding congestion, by forecasting comfort levels around popular spots, real-time information from live cameras, and attractive sightseeing spots that are relatively empty even during the daytime. 

kyoto travel congestion forecast(English)
kyoto travel congestion forecast(繁體中文)
kyoto travel congestion forecast(简体中文)

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

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

Multilingual Visitor Hotline (24H) on new coronavirusJNTO

COVID-19 (
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

Visit Japan Web
 (web service for smooth arrival procedure at airport)