Kyoto

KYOTO CITY TOURISM ASSOCIATION AUGUST 2018

Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2018, September 15-16

 

: For Fans of the Traditional & Modern Sub-Culture

Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2018

Held in the Japanese ancient capital city of Kyoto, the annual “Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair” (KYOMAF), which will be held from 15th – 16th of September, 2018, is an event that combines the fun and adoration of modern sub-culture with the appreciation and opportunities to experience Japan’s ancient traditions. The event, which is the largest of its kind in Western Japan, will showcase the latest in Japanese manga and anime and this year it is expected to draw more than 40,000 visitors from around Japan and abroad

The main venue of the event is Miyako Messe, the largest exhibition centre in Kyoto, which will be divided into several zones including an Open Stage, Cos-play Zone, Kyara (Character) Café, KYOMAF Shop and an Exhibition Zone, which will feature more than 60 publishers, anime producers, broadcasting companies, filmmakers, educational organisations and other enterprises and organisations related to manga and the anime industries. All will exhibit their latest offerings including a number of limited editions that will only be made available at the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair. Unique to this event, visitors to the Exhibition Zone will also be able to experience first-hand various traditional Japanese crafts bringing together both the old and new of Japanese culture under one roof

To encourage international visitors to join the excitement a special admission fee of JPY 1,300 (USD 12) is offered to international tourists upon presenting their passports

During a visit KYOMAF, manga enthusiasts can not visit Kyoto without also visiting the Kyoto International Manga Museum, which will act as a supporting venue during KYOMAF. Opened in November 2006, it is the first comprehensive cultural centre for manga culture in Japan, with collections of manga related materials consisting of more than 300,000 items. The items feature modern Japanese manga as well as manga-related historical materials from the Meiji period (1868-1912) as well as comics from around the world. Admission fee is JPY 800 (USD 7.20) for an adult, JPY 300 (USD 2.70) for a Junior High School Student (Age 12-15) and JPY 100 (USD 0.90) for children below 12 years old

For more information about Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2018 visit: http://kyomaf.kyoto/en/

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: Enhancing Experiences and Preserving for the Future

Kyoto to Introduce an Accommodation Tax

Kyoto City will introduce an Accommodation Tax for all forms of lodging in the city from October 1, 2018. As a city of 17 listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites, extensive parks, natural landscapes and home to Japan’s many traditional arts and crafts, the tax has been introduced to cover the extensive costs in enhancing the attractions of Kyoto for international and domestic guests and ensuring the long-term viability of Kyoto as a world-leading tourism city that promotes international and local culture

 

Accommodation Taxes will be applied per person and per night on an increasing scale based on the cost of the room lodging cost per night as follows:

Cost of Lodging Room Per Person Per Night       Tax Amount Per Person Per Night

Under JPY 20,000 (USD 180)                                    JPY 200 USD 1.80

JPY 20,000 to 49,999 (USD 180 – 450)                  JPY 500 USD 4.50

JPY 50,000 and over (USD 451)                                JPY 1,000 USD 9.00

 

All USD conversions are estimates based on exchange rate: 1 JPY = USD 0.0090

 

The tax will be collected at the lodging facilities at the time of payment, unless the tax payment was made prior through a travel agent or private lodging broker

Funds from the taxes have already been earmarked for a number of confirmed projects to enhance the visitor experience of Kyoto and include: the introduction of more English and other foreign language signs in tourist areas; the promotion of tours to be held during less crowded hours, and the introduction of a luggage courier system, so that visitors do not need to struggle carrying their suitcases with them and on public transport, thereby also alleviating commuter congestion

Additional projects will also include the support for and promotion of ryokan (traditional inns) and machiya (traditional town houses) as a unique accommodation option for international guests. Ryokan provide a full and authentic Japanese experience including relaxing in a tatami (woven grass mats) room, the wearing of yukata (lounging kimono), enjoying Japan’s UNESCO listed Intangible Cultural Heritage of Kaiseki style dinners and cuisine, sleeping in futon bedding on the floor, and provided warm hospitality led by okami-san  inn owner lady

Funds from the tax will also be earmarked for the preservation of Kyoto’s machiya traditional town houses that provide the city with a beautiful cityscape, unique architecture and home to many local craft traditions. Much of the preservation efforts will take the form of renovations, repair and conservation work. However, machiya are also often the residences and ateliers or workshops of artisan families that have worked and lived there for generations and so support will also be offered to these families for the preservation and promotion of their crafts by renovating the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts. Through these actions and planned activities more opportunities will be created for visitors, especially for younger generations, to learn and gain an appreciation of Kyoto’s traditional industries and craft heritage

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