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May 2016

"Walking City" Kyoto Rail Tickets (one-day/two-day pass)

Sightseeing in Kyoto with private cars often causes heavy traffic jams and makes it difficult to find parking spaces at the major tourist sites. It is necessary for Kyoto City to encourage the use of public transportation in order to provide a better sightseeing environment for tourists and let them enjoy sightseeing in the city in comfort.

To address this situation, in Fiscal Year 2015, "Walking City Kyoto Rail Tickets (sold from Dec. 11th, 2015 to March 21st, 2016)" were sold in cooperation with the railway companies. This project was conducted to promote the utilization of public transportation. The tickets were well received by tourists who responded that it was useful during the winter sightseeing period in the city.

For Fiscal Year 2016, the "Walking City Kyoto Rail Ticket" for the summer time sightseeing in Kyoto is scheduled to be sold and will be conducted by Kyoto City in cooperation with five railway companies. The ticket will be sold from July 1st to September 30th, 2016.

The tickets are very useful since they enable passengers to ride on almost all of the major railways within the city while offering some privileges at several facilities. Using public transportation is recommended as it will lead to reduction in CO2 as well as contributing to eco-friendly sightseeing. Tourists can enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto in summer using these tickets. Kyoto City has so much to offer during the summer period such as the Gion Festival and special openings of important cultural properties which are generally not opened to the public organized as part of "Summer Trip in Kyoto."

[Contact] Kyoto City Walking City Kyoto Promotion Division: Tel: 075-222-3483

Implementation of "Local Demonstration Experiment - Kyoto Sound UD Project" Employing Yamaha's "Omotenashi Hospitality Guide"
―Further improvement for Kyoto's foreign tourist-friendly environment―

Kyoto City has been participating in a demonstration experiment of the "Kyoto Sound UD Project" which employed the special App "Omotenashi Hospitality Guide," jointly developed by Yamaha Corporation and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).

According to the survey, some foreign visitors pointed out the following issues as dissatisfactory points while sightseeing in Kyoto: lack of multilingual information such as "language, information and sign boards." Another is "difficult connections on public transportation including trains and buses." The City has been working to develop a welcoming environment for foreign tourists by upgrading sightseeing sign boards, setting up a foreign language training course and providing printed materials to help communication in restaurants and shops, developing the transfer navigation App "Walking City Kyoto," and installing tablets that have a translating function in all subway stations.

With the "Kyoto Sound UD Project," the City aims to improve systems for foreign visitors by supporting smooth transfers in the city area. These supports include offering the content of Japanese announcements into 8 languages in text format for smartphones which has been adapted by a wide range of public transportation companies and other commercial facilities in the city area.

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

"Magnetic Guidance Loop" Installed in All Ward Offices and Branch Offices

Prior to the "Disability Discrimination Resolving Act," which was enforced in April 2016, Kyoto City had been working on providing the necessary environment for disabled people "with rational consideration" in an appropriate manner based on the "City's Response Guidelines Implemented to Eliminate Disability Discrimination" which was instituted in January 2016.

The "magnetic guidance loop system," an effective system for hearing–impaired people when gathering information, was already installed in four ward offices (Kamigyo, Sakyo, Higashiyama and Fushimi areas) in the past. This time, the system was installed in all ward and branch offices (11 wards and 3 branch offices) starting in Fiscal Year 2016.

The system will be used in meeting rooms, etc. when needed aiming to make each branch/ward office "a more user-friendly place with omotenashi spirit."

From now on, Kyoto City plans to progress actively to create a livable town for every citizen as much as possible based on the purpose of Kyoto City MIYAKO Universal Design Promotion Regulation (executed in April 2005)."

*What is the Magnetic Guidance Loop?
The system for those who use a hearing aid which enables listeners to hear even in a noisy environment.

[Contact] Kyoto City Disability Health and Welfare Promotion Division: Tel: 075-222-4161

"Kyoto City River Maintenance Master Plan" Instituted

The amount of flood damage occurring in Kyoto City has been on a declining trend for the past few years due to the various counter-measures introduced by the city. However in recent years, frequent high levels of heavy rain have been recorded on a nationwide basis, and the number of the flood damage cases occurring in the city has continued to rise since Fiscal Year 2010. Under the given circumstances, the city is engaged in taking measures to minimize flooding damage through the bilateral efforts of river construction work, river operations and maintenance.

These rivers which are under the control of the city have the following characteristics: susceptible to a sudden increase in water levels by a local heavy rain due to the short length of the rivers and the amount of rainfall over a short period of time. It is therefore essential to maintain the smooth flow of these rivers under all circumstances.

For this reason, Kyoto City has instituted the "Kyoto City River Maintenance Master Plan," which aims to ensure citizens' safe lifestyle by establishing a system of sustainable and scheduled river maintenance, even under severe financial conditions.

The initial checkup for each river will be sequentially organized starting from FY 2016. After the completion of this primary check, the first execution plan is scheduled to be formulated. In the future, the plan will be re-examined and renewed every five years, evolving into a sustainable river maintenance program.

Through taking such steps as scheduled and appropriate river maintenance control measures, the status of the river will be promptly and efficiently assessed leading to secure the safety by preventing disaster from occurring and reduce overall costs for future maintenance expenses by reducing major-scale repairs expense.

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

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