"Fine up to 10,000 Yen Without Photo Permit"Measures Against Troublesome Tourists in Gion, Kyoto
Since 2016, Gion-Machi South District Council has posted notice boards using to pictorial symbols to convey the prohibitions against taking photographs or touching Geiko and Maiko within the area where "Ochaya," or teahouses, and other buildings are lined up. As this did not put an end to the nuisance behavior, the content was made stricter by adding a fine. Hanamikoji-dori Street in this area is not covered due to it being a public road.
From here on, the notice boards in eight locations will be changed sequentially. The council bemoaned the situation, stating, "We truly do not want to do that as it also harms the city's atmosphere, but we've reached the limit. We want these notice boards to be unnecessary in Gion-Machi."
That day, members of the council and approximately 60 students of Kyoto Women's University and Ryukoku University who are involved in community development conducted activities targeting improved manners and passed out stickers to visitors to raise awareness.(Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.)