Do the people of Kyoto want the return of tourists?


On his tour through the streets of Kyoto, the author of the documentary talks with old people, young people, street vendors, neighbors …

And the most frequent answer you come across is somewhat puzzling: city dwellers have double feelings, apparently contradictory to each other.

On the one hand come advantage for the city to be calmer now, as the crowds have disappeared. Everything is calmer when it comes to walking the streets, finding parking, getting on the bus or going to pray in religious centers.

“There is a mix of positives and negatives in the current situation and I am personally divided,” says a young woman from Kyoto.

But they also recognize that many of their friends and acquaintances who work in stores, cafes, hotels, etc. they are having a very bad financial time due to the disappearance of the visitors.

But it is not only the fall in economic income that worries them.

Several of the interviewees also feel that they are missing the opportunity to meet people from other parts of the world.

And some, both young and old, too they miss the animation and “energy” that was in the city before, in contrast to the “empty” from the actuality.

In the end, as a lovely old woman says, everything is “A delicate balance.”

The documentary can be seen in this video below:

Hiking trails in Kyoto

For those travelers interested in discovering the former imperial capital of Japan from a different perspective, the Kyoto tourism office recommends the circular routes through its mountains and forests.

“Natural landscapes offer many options for practice sports and enjoy the outdoors, and can be explored on the five hiking trails known as the “Kyoto Round Trail”, 84 kilometers of adventure and exuberant nature that surround the ancient ancient capital “, explains the tourist office.

Hiking trail in Fushimi Inari, Kyoto.

The five tours (Higashiyama, East Kitayama, West Kitayama, Nishiyama and Keihoku) have different levels of difficulty and distances, “with gentle and relaxed walks or more complicated trails, sheltered by rich forests that hide temples, sanctuaries and monuments that bear witness to the culture local”.

“The different roads run through deep forests, streams of clear water and rural landscapes. And it is also possible to see samples of the rich cultural heritage of Kyoto, in addition to different viewpoints from where to appreciate impressive postcards of the Kyoto urban landscape with a unique perspective of the city, “says the local tourism office.

Trail in the town of Ohara, Kyoto.

Access to these trails is possible thanks to train stations and bus stops which are located near the beginning of the different routes.