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April 2010

A New Walking Course, the “Keihoku Course”, has been added to the Kyoto Round Trail
5 April 2010

The Kyoto Round Trail is a nice hiking course covering Kyoto’s three main mountain areas which cover many cultural and historical attractions. In addition to the previous four courses (Higashiyama, Eastern Kitayama, Western Kitayama and Nishiyama), the Keihoku Course has recently been added.
In April 2005, old Keihoku Town was merged with Kyoto City. The new Keihoku Course was in the planning stage since the merger of the town and city were first announced.
The Keihoko Course covers about 40 km combining a rich natural environment of forests, streams, and rural sceneries. Highlight attractions include the Takimata Waterfall, Joshoko-ji Temple, and the Uogabuchi Suspension Bridge. Views of Kyoto City from the top are excellent.
On March 27th, an opening ceremony was held and about 800 people attended it. Two groups of people tried to walk some parts of the new course. In the ceremony, the Mayor of Kyoto, Daisaku Kadokawa, presided over a ceremony during which a stone monument was erected on the course.
An excellent walking course map is available at the Kyoto City Tourism Planning Section, Kyoto Tourist Information Center “Kyo-navi” on the 2nd floor of the Kyoto Station Building, and other places. The map is 500 yen.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Tourism Planning Section: Tel: 075-222-4130.

Childcare Allowance Applications Accepted Now
12 April 2010

Kyoto City started to accept applications for the Childcare Allowance from April 1st.
The Childcare Allowance is a social allowance for better child care situation and it provides financial aid related to raising children by expanding previous allowance.
Each eligible child can receive a 13,000 yen a month until the first March after he/she becomes 15 years old. Payment (four months at one time) is made three times a year: June, October and February.
Parents or foster parents who are registered as citizens of Kyoto City can apply for this allowance. No income restriction is set for parents or foster parents. People who were already covered by previous childcare allowance on March 31th, 2010, don’t need to apply for this new allowance. However, a new application must be done if a household has a junior high school student.
How to apply or documents required to apply are vary. For details, contact the Kyoto City Childcare Allowance Office. A pamphlet about the allowance was distributed to all households in the city with the Citizen’s Newspaper on April 15th.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Childcare Allowance Office: Tel: 075-251-1123.

Bus Stops with Advertisement Completed
19 April 2010

Recently 6 bus stops in the city were renovated. A new roof and benches were added.
Each bus stop is managed by a private company which has the exclusive right to advertise in that bus stop. Part of the income is used for management of the bus stop. Therefore Kyoto City has no expense to maintain the bus stops.
The newly renovated bus stops have a roof, benches and a traditional Kyoto style design.
This time one new bus stop was built at Nishioji Shijo (north side of the street, north bound) and five other bus stops were renovated (Shijo Karasuma: east and west side of the street, west bound, south bound, Nishioji Shijo: south side of the street, north bound and south bound). Also four more bus stops are under renovation now: Kinkakuji-michi (west bound), Horikawa Takoyakushi (north and south side of the street, south bound), Karasuma Matsubara (north bound).
To enhance convenience and safety around bus stops, the city is planning to renovate at total of 400 bus stops.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Transportation Bureau Vehicle Technical Tel: 075-863-5154.

Street Smoking Banning Section Expanded
26 April 2010

From July 1st, Kyoto City decided to expand the areas where street smoking is prohibited.
Street smoking on certain streets has been prohibited since November 2007. From June 2008, a 1,000 yen has been levied on people who smoke on these streets. Thanks to this new regulation, the number of incidences of street smoking has dramatically decreased not only on designated streets but also in neighboring areas. By expanding the regulated area, the city believes that smoking manners will be improved.
After July 1st, Oike Street between Kawaramachi and Karasuma will be newly added as a non-smoking area. Also all streets bordered by Shijo, Kawaramachi, Oike and Karasuma will be non-smoking. Kyoto City will improve the situation and make the city safe and comfortable for both smokers and non-smokers.

For more information, contact the Kyoto City Local Creation Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3049.

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