3-1 Which month do many people visit Kyoto ?
The chart above shows the number of visitors to Kyoto by month in 2019. (I refer the “2019 Kyoto sightseeing overall research (in Japanese)” as mentioned before)
In advance, please note that the “visitors” include not only the people for sightseeing, but also the people for business, shopping, sports, events, watching a play and visiting friends. (exclude commuters)
In general, as the chart shows, Kyoto have many visitors throughout the year.
Next chart below shows the number of overnight guests in Kyoto by month in 2019. (the data is based on the same research above)
Compared with just “Visitors” to Kyoto, the main purpose of the most overnight guests is thought of as sightseeing.
As expected, March to April (cherry blossom), May & August (Japan’s long holidays), October (good climate), November (autumn leaves) tend to have much more overnight guests in Kyoto.
On the other hand, January is the smallest number in addition to February, although visitors in January are a lot.
Probably, many Japanese people visit shrines or temples during the first three days of January as a day trip.
It is one of Japanese culture, called “Hatsu-moude” in Japanese, meaning of first visiting shrine or temple.
As for “visitors” , what is the ratio of Japanese to oversea visitors ?
As the chart shows, it is the ratio of 5 : 1.
As you can see, Japanese account for a large percentage, however the purpose of their visit is various.
So, one of the causes of crowds in Kyoto seems to be related to when many Japanese people visit Kyoto.