Japan to Promote Active Tourism Use of Traditional Buildings (News)


Tokyo, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japan's tourism ministry plans to urge local governments to set ordinances to exempt historic buildings, such as kominka (traditional folk houses), from the building standards law, to better promote the use of such structures for tourism.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism will compile guidelines, including know-how for making such ordinances, within this year, hoping to help local governments carry out renovation work for old buildings, officials said.

The Japanese government has set a goal of starting projects to attract more tourism through better use of historic buildings at 200 locations across the country by 2020.

By utilizing old buildings as lodging facilities or restaurants, the ministry aims to create local jobs and increase the number of visitors, according to the officials.

Many historic buildings are made of wood or brick by traditional methods.

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