Stress free sightseeing in Kyoto

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There’s been a lot written lately about over-tourism in Japan, and how popular destinations such as Kyoto are becoming overcrowded. Tourists often note in their reviews of Kyoto’s most well-known sights how crowded they are. For someone researching and planning their trip, these reports can sound pretty discouraging. What they imagined was admiring beautiful historic temples and shrines, not being wedged in with the teeming tourist hordes. Continue reading “Stress free sightseeing in Kyoto”

Concerned about crowds in Japan?

Crowds at popular tourist sights in Japan

Japan is a densely populated country, with Tokyo being one of the largest cities in the world. Rush hour trains and subways in Tokyo are known for being overcrowded, with “pushers” being used at some stations to get everyone inside the carriages.

Japan has become a more popular tourist destination in recent years. In 2018 there were 30 million visitors to Japan, compared with 10 million just five years ago in 2013. Continue reading “Concerned about crowds in Japan?”