Utility Poles Removal to Revive Old Townscape in Kyoto


Kyoto, Feb. 8 (Jiji Press)—The city government of Kyoto, western Japan, and local residents are stepping up their efforts to remove utility poles from a main street in the Pontochō traditional entertainment district in a bid to re-create an old townscape.

Utility poles and wires detract from the historic atmosphere in Pontochō, Kyoto. January 30, 2017. (© Jiji)

The city government started work to lay utility lines underground this month, aiming to complete it by the end of fiscal 2019 through March 2020.

The project covers 17 utility poles along the 490-meter-long main street, filled with ochaya restaurants where female entertainers such as maiko and geiko serve customers.

The street attracts many tourists with its traditional wooden buildings with old latticework and eaves.

Pontochō residents have made efforts to improve the townscape since around 2011, including by removing gaudy ads.

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