Kyoto Passes Ordinance to Introduce Accommodation Tax

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Kyoto, Nov. 2 (Jiji Press)—The Kyoto city assembly on Thursday passed an ordinance to levy an accommodation tax on people who stay at hotels and other accommodations in the western Japan city.

The Kyoto government hopes to introduce the tax of ¥200 to ¥1,000 per night in October 2018 after obtaining approval from the internal affairs ministry.

The revenue from the tax, estimated at ¥4.6 billion annually, will be spent on measures to ease traffic congestion caused by an increase in tourists and make the city more attractive as a tourist spot.

Kyoto will be the third local government in Japan to introduce the tax, following Tokyo and Osaka Prefecture.

The tax rate is set at 200 yen per night per guest who pays a room charge of less than ¥20,000 per night. The levy rises to ¥500 for those paying ¥20,000 to less than ¥50,000 and to ¥1,000 for those paying ¥50,000 or more.

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