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Kyoto Bans Tourist Access To Private Alleys In Geisha District

Preserving Kyoto's cultural sanctity, a ban on tourist entry into private alleys in Geisha aims to safeguard tradition and address community concerns amidst rising tourism

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Kyoto's Gion district, renowned for its geisha (female Japanese performing artists) culture, is taking a stand against post-pandemic overtourism challenges. It imposes visitor restrictions, mainly private alleys, to protect its cultural integrity. This move, prompted by concerns over disruptive behaviour, aims to preserve its unique heritage and address resident discontent.