Kyoto city started its initial project of reminding foreign tourists about proper manners through their smartphones. It began when the city’s residents complained about the tourists’ misconduct, such as taking photographs of geisha and their maiko without permission. The Kyoto city administration, with the help of the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, started the project around Hanamikoji, where historic buildings and tea houses are located, in Gion district. The project will continue to operate until December 8 this year.

Visitors who have a tourist app guide installed on their smartphones receive reminders about local manners in Chinese and English. Survey results gathered from the local residents and pictures taken from street cameras will be used to assess the effects of the project. A Kyoto city government official said that they are looking for different methods to address and improve their ways of handling issues affecting cultural differences.