It has develop into a well-known scene: vacationers in rented kimonos posing for images in entrance of a Shinto shrine in Kyoto. They and different guests have introduced beneficial vacationer dollars to town and different areas throughout , a Kyoto resident and creator of a number of books about Japan, mentioned the nation had been caught off-guard. “It’s not simply Kyoto – most of Japan is unprepared for the overseas inflow as a result of the increase has occurred so shortly. No person ever anticipated vacationers to come back in such giant numbers, and it is just simply starting.”

Kerr believes higher administration would ease the strain, together with the introduction of upper admission charges to fashionable points of interest.

“Tourism is the final salvation for a lot of rural cities, and even having a big effect on metropolises comparable to Osaka,” he mentioned. “So clamping down on tourism is just not the reply. On the similar time, there’s no query that unmanaged crowds can harm the expertise, particularly in a metropolis like Kyoto the place a lot of the essence of the tradition was concerning the quiet and meditative environment.”

In Tatsumi Daimyojin, the photoshoots have ended and the teams in kimonos transfer on to the subsequent attraction.

“Japan goes via a interval of adjustment,” mentioned Okuda. “Kyoto isn’t as huge or cosmopolitan as Tokyo, and it’s taking time to get used to the inflow of holiday makers. However the very last thing I need is for Kyoto to develop into the form of place that sends out the sign that vacationers ought to keep away.”