Kanji Museum to open in Kyoto in June

Feb 9, 2016

Kanji Museum to open in Kyoto in June

The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, the group that annually announces the single character best symbolizing the year, will open a facility in June where visitors can learn about kanji in a fun atmosphere. The Kanji Museum, located in the city of Kyoto, will ...

State guesthouse in Kyoto may be opened to visitors year-round

Feb 2, 2016

State guesthouse in Kyoto may be opened to visitors year-round

The government is considering opening a state guesthouse in Kyoto to the public throughout the year to add to the allure of the ancient capital. Only a limited number of people who apply in advance are currently allowed inside the guesthouse. Officials will already ...

Feb 2, 2016

Kyoto-based firm to debut world's first robot-run indoor farm

A Japanese firm said Monday it would open the world’s first fully automated farm with robots handling almost every step of the process, from watering seedlings to harvesting crops. Kyoto-based Spread said the indoor grow house will start operating by the middle of 2017 ...

Kyoto promoting hot springs as additional tourist attraction

Jan 30, 2016

Kyoto promoting hot springs as additional tourist attraction

Kyoto is promoting an additional attraction little known to date — onsen, or hot springs. The city of Kyoto has 15 sources of hot springs featuring hydrogen sulfide, natural radium and other ingredients, and there are a total of 22 spa resorts, according to ...

Jan 14, 2016

Government eyes transfer of two agencies' functions to prefectures

Some functions within the Cultural Affairs Agency and Consumer Affairs Agency could be relocated to Kyoto and Tokushima prefectures, respectively, under a government plan to be finalized in March, sources said. Officials representing both agencies and local governments will discuss details later this month, ...

Transgender woman sues gym over changing-room use

Dec 25, 2015

Transgender woman sues gym over changing-room use

A transgender business manager in the city of Kyoto sued major fitness club operator Konami Sports Club Co. on Friday, saying she was forced to use its facility in Kyoto Prefecture as a man before undergoing sex reassignment surgery. The woman, who is in ...

Dec 16, 2015

Major unauthorized lodging case sent to prosecutors in Kyoto

Police sent to public prosecutors Wednesday an unauthorized minpaku (lodging) case in which rented rooms were allegedly used as inexpensive accommodations for a large number of Chinese tourists in Kyoto earlier this year. Japanese law-enforcement authorities usually do not charge a minpaku-service provider with violating ...