Kyoto is a representative place of Japan, and an attractive place with a long history for people from overseas. A lot of tourist come to Kyoto from all over the world throughout the year, and they enjoy unique traditional culture and customs of Kyoto.
However, cultures and customs you encounter in Kyoto are not only fun things. You will be perplexed by the differences between Japanese and your country’s’ cultures.
Although it is natural that different countries have different rules, there are some rules every person have to obey in Kyoto. Your culture or customs may be prohibited in Kyoto?! If you don’t obey the rules, you have to pay a fine in some cases.
You don’t want to pay a fine, do you?
Then, please check the rules of Kyoto below.
Where do you throw trash away?
Many people from different country say that streets of Japan are clean. Certainly, it is hardly to find a street scattered trash even though there aren’t trash cans everywhere in Japan. Because, it’s Japanese common sense to take your own trash back.
So, Littering is prohibited!
A fine of 30,000 yen.
Don’t you smoke on a street?
The places people can smoke are determined in outdoors and indoors. Smoking while walking is out of the question! Smoking on street has been prohibited since 2008 in some part of Kyoto.
＜Smoking on a street>
A petty fine of 1,000 yen.
Do you ride a bicycle safety?
Most of popular tourist places in Kyoto are spread within 10km range. Therefore, it has become popular to go sightseeing by bicycle.
However, manner violations by bicycle are also increasing in number. You have to obey traffic rules because bicycle is one of the vehicles.
Please obey the traffic rules to avoid fine rather than protect your safety!
<Illegally parked bicycle>
A charged 2,300 yen for removal
<Ignore the red light>
A fine of not more than 50,000 yen or 3 months in prison
<Riding a bicycle without a light>
A fine of not more than 50,000 yen
A fine of not more than 1 million yen or 5 years in prison
The famous proverb says, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’
It is important to know and follow rules same as Kyoto local people in order to travel pleasantly!
Please remember the following prohibition as one of the Japanese and Kyoto’s cultures!