Kyoto, Japan

Organisation: Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau
Contact: Yurika Sugino
Year: 2018

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Category Total
Environmental Performance 76%
Social Performance 64%
Supplier Performance 67%
Destination Management Performance 46%

Destination Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population


As Japan's first permanent capital, Kyoto has been based on the values of harmony with the surrounding environment and sustainability since it's founding 1,200 years ago. have been to us since Kyoto was founded. Even today, Kyoto is surrounded by lush mountains and clean, clear rivers flow throughout the city. Our heritage is prioritized over aggressive urban development. Strict building height restrictions protect the city’s character and skyline. Meetings held in Kyoto can have a light burden on the environment and can contribute to the legacy of the Kyoto Protocol. Japan leads the world in recycling practices and public transportation. Kyoto has an unusually small carbon footprint, even compared with the rest of Japan which can be offset with our local offset program for meetings. Delegates will love how fun and easy to Kyoto, "The Walking City", is to experience on foot, bike, or with public transportation.

Energy sourced from renewables
City traffic congestion level
Waste sent to landfill

In Kyoto, delegates can have confidence for their safety and true peace of mind. Japan ranks as the #6 safest country and the #8 most peaceful in the world. In 2017, the QS Best Student Cities Index ranked the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area as the #1 safest city in the world. Kyoto has been in the top ten of Travel + Lesure’s World’s Best City for 6 years in a row. Originally called Heian-Kyo, the "capital of stability and peace", Kyoto was founded as a city of social, political, and environmental sustainability so it could serve as Japan’s first permanent capital for over 1,000 years. This gives Kyoto 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than 2,000 temples and shrines, and more than 200 museums.

Corruption Perception ranking
World Bank Inequality Index Score (Lower score represents lower inequality)
Gender Inequality Index ranking

Kyoto was Japan’s first city to become an international meeting destination. ICC Kyoto, where the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997, is surrounded by greenery and carries an eco certification. As a legacy of the Kyoto Protocol, Kyoto launched, Do You Kyoto?, a comprehensive program to protect the environment and help reduce energy usage and C02 emissions. It involves all sectors of our community - residents, visitors, companies etc. to help work to protect our environment and reduce energy usage and CO2 emissions. Meetings and events in Kyoto can take part by using the Do You Kyoto? carbon offset program to help meetings offset their CO2 emissions. Kyoto CVB can recommend venues, hotels, PCOs, and DMCs that have sustainability certifications.

City's hotels easily accessible by public transport to/from congress and exhibition centres
PCOs and DMCs have a written sustainability policy
Exhibition centres have sustainability certification

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Has the CVB established and is implementing a destination sustainability strategy?
Does the destination regularly measure and report on sustainable destination progress?
Does the CVB support or lead local sustainability training for cities MICE industry?
Does the CVB support or local authorities provide incentives or funding for organisations wanting to gain sustainability certification or issue a sustainability reports
Does the CVB provide free or subsidized public transport passes for major conventions?
Does CVB/DMO provide clients with ideas and resources to support the local community?

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