Japans traditional hospitality culture, which means serving guests wholeheartedly and unreservedly, is becoming increasingly thin, as many of Japans must-see tourist destinations now suffer from loud and disrespectful foreigners, crowded public transport and tourists, British media reported Sept. 16. Etiquette is becoming increasingly frustrated.
The problem has become so serious in some towns, such as ancient capitals like Kyoto and Kamakura, that locals complain to local authorities about tourist pollution, the Daily Telegraph reported on September 10.
According to the report, Japans tourism department is frantically encouraging tourists to leave Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the golden route to travel to more remote parts of the country.
The move seems to be having an impact, but most visitors, especially first-time visitors to Japan, still want to experience skyscrapers and bright lights in Tokyo, the culture and history of Kyoto, and the rich food, entertainment and shopping opportunities around Osaka.
In the first eight months of this year, more than 20 million foreign tourists visited Japan, and the total number of foreign tourists is expected to exceed 30 million, up from 28.7 million last year.
Reported that this compared with 7.1 million people in 2011, the year northeastern Japan suffered a magnitude 9 earthquake and the nuclear crisis caused by the tsunami.
Hotels and businesses relying on Tourism welcomed the influx of foreign tourists, but local residents were dissatisfied with the number of outsiders in the city, the report said.
Kyoto appeared a large number of complaints related to the increase in the number of tourists.
Locals say its hard to get on a bus near Kyotos most famous scenic spot. At the same time, a large number of housing demand prompted unscrupulous homeowners to rent unlicensed property.
Foreign tourists are often unaware of local customs, such as carefully classifying garbage before it is taken away, which increases friction with the locals.
The citys Tourism Department says it is aware of these problems and is taking steps to reduce discord between local and foreign tourists.
There is no doubt that the increase in tourists has had an impact on the daily lives of Kyoto residents, said Chi Xing Xiuping, head of the citys tourism department.
But were doing some publicity to enhance the civility of the tourists, he said.
The city has partnered with the Owl Tour website to provide etiquette guides for visitors and to use magazines to disseminate similar information.
Kyotos tourism department also encourages people to stagger the peak season for sightseeing, or to visit scenic spots during fewer times of the day.
For a long time, Kyoto has been experiencing problems with the increasing number of tourists, said Red Star Xiuping.
Our goal is to make our citizens and our guests live in harmony and mutual benefit, and we will solve the problems caused by too many tourists through innovation, he said.
He added: For us in Kyoto, we dont look at things from a confrontational or conflicting perspective. On the contrary, we believe that we should achieve harmonious coexistence through meticulous work.
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