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Kyoto tourism setting new record for 6th year in a row

Tourism to Kyoto City increased the previous year by 112,000 people (2.4%) to a grand total of 4,8 million visiting tourists, and thereby broke a new record for the 6th consecutive year, the city announced Friday.

Tourists were estimated to have spent 637,1 billion yen (US$5,2 billion) on food, lodging etc, which is 7% up from last year. The number of foreigners spending at least one night in Kyoto was 800,000, up 10% from last year.

A country-wide “Kyoto Boom,” spurred on by a recent surge in mentions in media of the charms of old Kyoto’s old wooden townhouses, buddhist temples and shinto shrines, is said to be one contributing factor. Kyoto’s “Hanatoro,” illuminated walks held in Arashiyama and Higashiyama was another.

The most popular single attraction was the Kiyomizu Temple, as it has been for the past 20 years. Following in popularity were Arashiyama, the Golden Pavillion and the Silver Pavillion, in that order.

Kyoto Mayor Yorikane Masumoto commented: “We haveve come within striking distance to our target of 5 million tourists yearly. We will make our best to make sure Kyoto will continue be loved.”

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