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December 2011


Candidates of the Architecture and Gardens Handed Down to Future as Heritage of Kyoto Wanted
5 December 2011

Kyoto City is now collecting vote from the citizens to elect architectures and gardens in the city that must be handed down to future generation as heritages of Kyoto. Kyoto is home to a number of cultural and historical assets. These valuable assets, including architectures and gardens, are symbol of Kyoto which must be preserved and be handed down to the future generation.
The city will collect vote from the citizens to make a list of architectures and gardens that are roughly over 50 years old and have been handed down for generations. Properties owned by the national and local government are excluded.
After the vote is closed, judgment committee consisting of academic specialists and public judges will discuss. The result will be released on the city’s website. A special section to take care of the elected properties may be launched to preserve their value.

Get a pamphlet at the city hall, ward offices and branch offices for detailed information about how to vote. Same information is available on the city’s website. Click here. For other information, contact the Kyoto City Historical Asset Preservation Section: Tel: 075-761-7799.



“Kyoto Free Pass” on Sale
12 December 2011

Kyoto City has released a new transportation pass in cooperation with 7 railway companies and 8 bus companies. With this “’Walking City Kyoto’ with Kyoto Free Pass,” the pass holder can ride almost all trains and buses in the city. One-day Pass and Two-day Pass are available.
The One-day pass is 2,000 yen and available at information center of the Kyoto City Transportation Bureau, Hankyu Kawaramachi Station, Keihan Sanjo Station, ticket reservation office (Midori no Madoguchi) at JR Kyoto Station and other locations. Pass holders can take trains and buses managed by selected 15 companies as many times as they want in a day.
The Two-day pass includes round trip between departure station and JR Kyoto station. The pass also includes extra fee for taking limited express trains. The price depends on the departure station. The Two-day pass is available at main station of the JR West.
Pass holders will receive traffic map and discount coupon booklet which is valid at many tourist sites in the city.

The city believes that promotion of the Kyoto Free Pass will lead to reduce traffic jam in the city and to create safe and attractive city environment. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Walking City Kyoto Promotion Section: Tel: 075-222-3483.



Collective Items of Recyclable Garbage Expanded at City’s Cleaning Office
19 December 2011

In June 2011, Kyoto City expanded the items that city’s recycle stations (ward offices, branch offices, Kamigyo Recycle Station) can accept. This month same service started at city’s 7 other cleaning offices to reduce amount of garbage and to improve reuse of recyclable garbage.
In addition to previous 6 items (used food oil, dry cell batteries, fluorescent tube, etc.), 7 items are newly added to the collectable item list: CD/DVD, video tapes, small size rechargeable batteries, button batteries, disposal lighters, liquid silver thermometers, knives, and used cloth.
The city’s cleaning office is open from 9:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday. For more information about collection locations and items, click here.

The city hopes this new attempts will lead to reduce amount of garbage and to reduce emission of greenhouse effect gas. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Cleaning Promotion Section: Tel: 075-213-4960.



“Bridge Restoration Program to Protect Life” Formulated
26 December 2011

Kyoto City has formulated the “Bridge Restoration Program to Protect Life” which promotes aseismic reinforcement of bridges and restoration of decrepit bridges in the city.
The program indicates specific construction process of how to efficiently and beneficially bring out aseismic reinforcement of bridges and restoration of decrepit bridges. The city tries to acquire maximum financial resource within limited time to make ready for large scale earthquake.
There are emergency roads in the city which is designed in order to carry out smooth rescue activity and transportation of relief aids when large scale disaster occurs. Some of these emergency roads are appointed as “particularly important lines” which connect the city with other cities. The program clarifies order of construction priority of bridges on the important lines.

Restoration construction of aged bridges will be also carried out. Aseismic reinforcement and restoration on 51 bridges will be completed between 2012 and 2016. When it is achieved, evacuation route and road network will be assured in emergency cases. For more information, contact the Kyoto City Adjustment Management Section: Tel: 075-222-3568.




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