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September 2015

The Last Subway Departure Time on Friday Extended

Starting from October 2nd, 2015, the last departure time for both Karasuma and Tozai line subways have been extended by 30 minutes on Fridays, which is generally the most crowded day.

This was due to requests from citizens demanding more convenience at night time traffic, and the project is scheduled to be implemented on a trial basis for about three years.

With the project, for example, if you are coming back from JR Osaka Station to the North part of Kyoto, the Kokusaikaikan direction, you can catch the 11:40 pm departing Osaka Stn. (which is 40 minutes later than before) and still able to make connections to the subway line.

Furthermore, even after the extension, you are able to make connections in all directions with final trains at Karasuma Oike Station.

This will be applied to Fridays on normal weeks and national holidays, except at the end of the year and in the summer holiday period.

[Contact] Kyoto City Traffic Bureau, Transportation Division: Tel: 075-863-5224

"KYOTO Wi-Fi" Authentication Method, etc. Changed

Starting from October 1st, 2015, the authentication method for the free public LAN "KYOTO Wi-Fi," which anybody can use freely, will be changed. This is to make its authentication method better to achieve a good balance between convenience and safety.

"KYOTO Wi-Fi" was implemented in August 2012, and now it can be accessed at more than 1,600 spots in the city. Starting from December 2014, to improve convenience, the city had applied the authentication method which can be used only by accepting the terms of service. However, this method includes problems making it hard to identify people who commit fraud, and so forth. This is the main reason to implement the new authentication method of using an "SNS account" or "e-mail address." Each user can choose which method to use, and this will provide foreign tourists free access when authenticated, who don't have the Japanese mobile communication environment.

Along with this change, imposing harsh restriction limiting access to hazardous sites will now be implemented. New targeting sites, such as "illicit sites" and "adultery sites" will be added to the restricted list.

The city welcomes people to use the "KYOTO Wi-Fi" which has now made a good balance between convenience and safety.

[Contact] Kyoto City Tourism Mice Promotion Division: Tel: 075-746-2255

"Kyoto Okazaki Loop Bus" Operation Started

Starting from September 19th, 2015, the city has started operating the city loop line bus, the "Kyoto Okazaki Loop." This mini bus mainly circulates around the Okazaki area, and it also runs along the central Kawaramachi Sanjo and Maruyama areas, where Shoren-in and Chion-in Temples are located. With this operation, it will make it easy to move within the area where many cultural institutions are located, and also offer easy access to the Okazaki area.

Its vehicle body has a non-step style allowing passengers to get in and out of the bus easily, also passengers are able to enjoy the outside view from the wide windows. Moreover, an LCD screen installed in the bus will introduce the highlights of the Okazaki area.

This will enable easy access to the attractive Okazaki area where many sightseeing spots can be found: such as the newly opening ROHM Theatre Kyoto in January, 2016, and museums in the city, cultural spots including the Kyoto City Zoo and many temples and shrines, such as Nanzen-ji Temple and Heian Jingu Shrine, etc. Please enjoy visiting this charming area, which now has more convenient access from the central city.

The city loop line bus, the "Kyoto Okazaki Loop" will operates every 15 minutes from around 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. The fare will be 230 yen (adults) and 120 yen (children).

[Contact] Kyoto City Traffic Bureau, Sales Division: Tel: 075-863-5116

Countermeasure for Construction Work on Utagawa Subsidiary Stream, Araki-gawa, Tanida-gawa Rivers Finished

The countermeasure construction work of 3 rivers – the Uta-gawa subsidiary stream, Araki-gawa and Tanida-gawa rivers– have been completed, which was to protect from flooding caused by heavy rains. The project has been in operation, based on the "Normal River Construction Program," which was instituted after the break out of huge flooding in August 2012 in Uji City, etc. With this time's construction work of elevating the river banks and undercutting river floors, the safety level of flooding or backwater caused by heavy rains has dramatically increased.

The "Normal River Construction Program" targeted 8 rivers which hadn't been in action within rivers that had flood damage over the past 30 years. From now on, there are 5 rivers remaining that must have countermeasure construction and are being scheduled.

Recently, a record rainfall has been occurring on a nationwide basis, and in cities, flood damage has been increasing since 2010. In Kyoto City, there are totally 380 rivers and the city manages 340 rivers amongst them. The City will continually take measures to minimize damage in cooperation with the local government and the locals to prevent from occurring flood damage by performing construction work on rivers and so on. Although, if by any chance when damage occurs, the city will proceed to take measures to make this a strong city towards rain by strengthening the framework to recover from disasters promptly.

[Contact] Kyoto City River Maintenance Division: Tel: 075-222-3591

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