Thursday, 13th August 2015
In Japan Travel News,
Tourists issued with etiquette manual for visiting Kyoto
The former Japanese capital city of Kyoto is widely believed to be the jewel in the country's crown and officials there are keen to keep it this way.
A guide in the form of an infographic has been released to instruct tourists on how to behave in the city.
The document, which is being distributed by the Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau, uses an emoji rating system, ranking from one to three, with three the most offensive.
According to the guide, cycling under the influence of alcohol is the worst cultural offence a visitor can commit.
Not only could it upset the locals, but could also lead to a fine of a million yen (£5,200) or five years in jail.
Other offences that have been outlined include littering and smoking in areas that have not been designated to practice the habit.
While those mentioned so far seem more like common sense, the guide offers more of an insight into other acts that could be misinterpreted.
For example, the infographic warns against taking photos of train tracks or at shrines or temples, which are considered sacred to many.
Maikos, who perform traditional Japanese music, while dressed in exquisite kimonos, have been subjected to tourists grabbing them for selfies in the past.
This is outlined as a no-no in the guide, which is designed to help those new to Japanese culture to fit in and not cause any upsets.
Those holidaying in Kyoto should also avoid cancelling restaurant bookings at the last minute, ensure they allow enough space for others to pass on the street and queue in an orderly fashion.
One think that may be alien to visitors is the fact that tipping is seen as impolite in Japan, with the simple word "okini" said to staff to say thank you instead.
To see the infographic, click here
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