In order to improve the accommodation experience for people with disabilities and elderly guests, the city of Kyoto plans to require all rooms in newly built lodging facilities to be barrier-free in principle, Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa said Monday.

The city, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, aims to revise a related ordinance in fiscal 2020 and implement the new rules from the following fiscal year, he told a news conference. Kyoto will be the first city in Japan to make barrier-free rooms at all lodging facilities mandatory, regardless of size.

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