Kyoto bans tourists from parts of geisha district amid reports of bad behaviour

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Gion residents asked city council to crack down after rise in tourist numbers leads to increased harassment of traditional entertainers

Visitors to the geisha district of Gion – one of Kyoto’s most popular sightseeing spots – will be banned from entering its picturesque alleyways as authorities in Japan attempt to tackle a dramatic rise in tourism.

Residents of Japan’s ancient capital have struggled to reconcile the financial boost from a return to pre-pandemic visitor numbers with overcrowding and incidents of bad behaviour among tourists.

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