Kyoto City started a new initiative to award businesses that have a traditional-looking storefronts.
This is to preserve Kyoto’s beautiful and historical landscape to the future generations.
Shimadai: Art Gallery
They have specific rules for businesses to comply with when they open a store. Even chains such as Seven Eleven and McDonald`s comply with this rule. In office areas, the rules are not strict. However, the buildings in the historically valuable areas are faced with more strict rules.
The good ones are displayed on the website called Kyoto Kanban Net (Kanban means Advertising Display). Unfortunately, it is only in Japanese at this moment. This URL should open the page with awarded businesses and pictures.
The following pictures were personally taken the other day. This is just the tip of the iceberg. For people who are interested, it might be fun to choose some of them from the map page (click the red spot and zoom) and take pictures when coming to Kyoto (the map feature isn’t currently available with iPhone).
Vieria Corno Rosso: Italian Restaurant
Komatsuya: Kimono Wedding
For your fun trip to Kyoto, please check my Kyoto e-guidebook which is available on Amazon.