Japan to Cultivate "Second Kyoto" Tourism Destinations (New)
Tokyo, Dec. 31 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government plans to pick 10 municipalities across the county to carry out intensive landscape development, aiming to create "Second Kyoto" tourism destinations ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Through the initiative, the government hopes to attract tourists from abroad to not just major cities including Tokyo and Osaka but also provincial areas throughout the country.
In the government's fiscal 2017 budget proposal approved by the cabinet on December 22, some ¥2.5 billion was earmarked for the landscape development project, which tourism ministry officials say is of an unprecedented scale.
Over the three years from the fiscal year that begins next April, the landscape project is estimated to cost ¥1.6 billion for each of selected areas. Up to half of the costs will be covered with national funds, and the rest will be borne by host municipalities.
The ministry is slated to start the selection of 10 host municipalities in January and finish it in March.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]