Conservation, Revitalization and Creation of Kyoto Landscape/ The Landscape of Kyoto

In order to improve the landscape of Kyoto in the future, Kyoto city drew up the Landscape Plan in December, 2005 and amended it in September, 2007 based on the Landscape Act. This third chapter of the Book: The Landscape of Kyoto explains the Kyoto landscape plan includes the following policies.

●Creating landscape that is in harmony with the nature Conserve the natural landscape on the basis of basin structure and develop an urban environment that is in harmony with nature by improving greenery and waterfront landscapes.

●Creating a landscape which is focused on harmony between traditional and new cultures While conserving and revitalizing the historical landscapes, excellent landscape that suits coming era should be created by utilizing innovative ideas so as to create a new image of Kyoto that will be in harmony with the traditional landscape.

●Creating a landscape that consists of unique and diversified spaces Create unique and diversified spaces by making the most of local characteristics developed by people’s daily activities and business transactions. Connecting these spaces will make larger urban landscape which is appropriate for Kyoto.

●Creating a landscape that energizes the city Attractive landscape will add to the value of Kyoto and will attract citizens and visitors, amass human resources and improve investment opportunities in tourism, knowledge industry and local industries. It will be the motivation power for maintaining and invigorating the energy of Kyoto.

In the plan, the city has different regulations and standards to create a better city landscape [1], such as :

1. Buildings Height Control;

(Map of Height Control Districts)

2. Designation of Perspective Landscape Conservation Zone;


3. Outline of regulations on outdoor advertisements;

Based on the plan explained in the article, the city has various systems for the protection, development and passing down the excellent landscape of Kyoto to the future generations. To be more specific, the city has designated areas where restrictions have been imposed. Those areas are shown in the following chart. The designated areas and the type of restrictions imposed are shown in this chapter.

[1] Kyoto City Official Website. “Conservation, Revitalization and Creation of Kyoto Landscape,” The Landscape of Kyoto, 41-84. Kyoto City Official Website, 2012.

1 Comment on “Conservation, Revitalization and Creation of Kyoto Landscape/ The Landscape of Kyoto

  1. It is amazing to see the Kyoto city planner back then set up these rules and regulations for both purposes: first to welcome tourism and second to conserve the city of Kyoto itself. I hope that more city in the world are keen in regulating small details such like this in order to preserve and protect the city for future generations, not only focuses on building new development but also conserve existing (vernacular) architecture and landscape.

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