Presented by Writers in Kyoto, The Heritage and Tourism Symposium will feature a panel to discuss overtourism. The four invited panelists are Alex Kerr, renowned Japanologist and author of the award-winning book “Lost Japan”; Kayo Murakami from the Kyoto office of the Cultural Affairs Agency, who will talk on the role of the cultural property department in promoting inbound tourism; Amy Chavez, Japan Times columnist and author of “Guide to Best Behavior in Japan,” who will comment on problems relating to etiquette; and John Dougill, author of “Japan’s World Heritage Sites,” who will launch a revised edition of his book on the same day as the event.
The symposium will take place in the East Building of Ryukoku University’s Omiya Campus, a 12-minute walk from Kyoto Station. The venue is located right next to Nishi-Honganji temple, a World Heritage site that has seen attendance numbers rise alongside Japan’s tourism boom. Members of the public will have to pay a fee of ¥500 to participate in the event, which will start at 6:30 p.m. The presenters’ works will also be sold at the event at discount prices.