Venice, Barcelona, Iceland — the tourist tax has officially become a global trend, with the city of Kyoto being the latest to adopt the policy. Facing an increase of 22 percent in foreign visitors since 2015, the municipality has been looking for ways to keep its infrastructure well-maintained and well-funded to keep up with demand, and the tax is looking like the best solution.
Taking effect as early as April 2018, Kyoto's taxes will be slightly different than its European counterparts in that it will not charge for entry into the city, but rather for overnight stays at hotels, traditional ryokan inns, and Airbnb rentals.
But worry not — city officials are proposing a charge of only $0.90 (¥100) to $2.69 (¥300) for accommodations that cost $90 (¥10,000) or more per night. So while the tax per capita is minute, the public benefits for Kyoto can be huge. That's one tax we won't mind shelling out for.
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