Kyoto city begins its pilot project of advising foreign visitors of etiquette via smartphone. It ensued after the locals complained about the tourists’ improper conduct in the city, such as capturing images of geisha and their maiko without consent. The test commenced around Hanamikoji, a place where historic buildings and tea houses are located, in Gion district. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, along with the Kyoto city administration, started the project’s operations that will carry on until December 8 this year.

Foreigners who have a tourist guide app or bring mobile phones rented by hotels obtain information regarding local manners in both Chinese and English. Images captured from street cameras and a survey answered by the locals will be used to evaluate the outcome of the project. According to a Kyoto city government official, they are looking into various ways that are potent in handling issues related to cultural diversity.