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An ancient city that has reinvented itself numerous times over the last millennium, Kyoto’s past and future are intertwined.

Today, Kyoto city faces a variety of resilience challenges such as more frequent and intense natural disasters along with a declining and aging population which results in fewer citizens able to support the economy and local communities. Therefore the city is embracing the power of the resilience approach that has been used for generations in Kyoto to overcome its current challenges and create a new future.

Kyoto is recognized around the world as a city that has woven together its living cultural heritage, local industries and natural environment to create a thriving and growing city with a reputation for tolerance that draws visitors, students and entrepreneurs from around the world. To achieve its vision, Kyoto City is proactively identifying and addressing multiple challenges, ranging from natural disasters to social stresses.

01 Growing and Integrating Generations Cultivate Kyoto’s future resilience leaders through fostering an inclusive society

02 Engaging Communities in Resilience Enable participatory governance at the local and metropolitan level

03 Linking economy and culture Foster economic development that benefits from and fosters Kyoto's cultural heritage

04 Increasing Cityscape Livability Cultivate a safe and livable urban cityscape for all

05 Leading the Way in Environmental Protection Become a demonstration city for environmental protection

06 Reducing Exposure to Future Shocks Empowering citizens and communities to prepare our shocks

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Cultivate Kyoto’s future resilience leaders through fostering an inclusive society

Cultivating Kyoto’s future resilience leaders

  • Holistic healthcare for Kyoto’s families
  • Kyoto’s schools collaborating their communities
  • Childcare network
  • Engaging Kyoto’s youth in democracy and governance

Fostering and inclusive and accepting society in Kyoto

  • Advancing gender equality
  • Economic security for local businesses and workers — working together for mutual prosperity
  • Employment opportunities for people with disabilities

Welcoming and retaining citizens

  • Welcoming new residents to Kyoto
  • Welcoming university students to Kyoto
  • Welcoming youth to Kyoto’s workforce

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Enable participatory governance at the local and metropolitan level

Improving Kyoto’s tradition of citizen engagement in local and regional Governance

  • Community resilience through connectedness
  • Engaging the next generation of civil society leaders
  • Citizen-led resilience building

Fostering participation of the whole community in city planning

  • Kyoto’s “Treasure Bank” of community improvement ideas
  • Fostering a multi-cultural city
  • Work-life balance for the Resilience of Kyoto’s workforce
  • Senior citizens and their community

Engaging stakeholders in creating safe and healthy communities

  • Strengthening collaboration mechanisms for social services
  • Health and wellbeing for resilience

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Foster economic development that benefits from and fosters Kyoto's cultural heritage

Engage the next generation as custodians of traditional culture

  • Engaging stakeholders in defining and protecting Kyoto’s cultural heritage
  • Inter-generational exchange of traditional arts and culture
  • Cultivate Kyoto’s next generation of artists and craftspeople

Revitalizing the economy through culture – creating a fusion of culture, industry and tourism that increases the sustainability of the city

  • Development of the traditional arts and culture industry
  • Foster the diversification of Kyoto’s tourism industry
  • Fostering Kyoto’s creative media and arts industry

Promotion of Kyoto’s manufacturing industry, where tradition and innovation are fused

  • Putting vacant land to use
  • Cross-sector collaboration between government, academia, and Kyoto’s manufacturing industry
  • Businesses for social innovation
  • Local enterprise support

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Cultivate a safe and livable urban cityscape for all

Measures to sustain Kyoto’s unique landscape, cityscape and architectural heritage as the city grows and develops

  • Revitalization of vacant traditional homes and their neighborhoods
  • Expansion of Kyoto’s heritage buildings and landscapes network
  • Community engagement in local landscape preservation
  • Placemaking for community revitalization
  • Upgrading of historic roads and bridges

Protection of people’s lives and livelihoods

  • Resilient Civic Safety Network
  • Diversity Kyoto’s tourism accommodation market
  • Kyoto’s Fresh Food Network – connecting growers, sellers, and consumers for food safety and security

Fostering and urban environment that is safe and secure for all

  • Resilience of Kyoto’s pedestrian network
  • Public transport promotion campaign
  • Automation for public transport resilience

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Become a demonstration city for environmental protection

Measures to sustain Kyoto’s unique landscape, cityscape, and architectural heritage as the city grows and develops

  • Climate change action for resilience
  • Renewable energy for resilience
  • Resilience for Kyoto’s 2R system

Fostering a natural environment that supports Kyoto’s lifestyle and culture

  • Connecting tradition, culture, and biodiversity – a multi-stakeholder network for biodiversity action
  • Bringing resilience to urban forestry on private land

Fostering a green economy and society

  • Environmental education for all the generations
  • Do you Kyoto? public campaign to promote individual action on climate change and the environment
  • Fostering Kyoto’s green economy

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Empowering citizens and communities to prepare our shocks

Citizen engagement with the built environment for disaster prevention and preparedness

  • Community-led disaster preparedness in traditional housing areas
  • Using technology to connect citizens and city government for infrastructural maintenance
  • Seismic retrofitting of private buildings

Citizen engagement to build personal and community capacity and prepare for disasters

  • Disaster-proofing Kyoto’s evacuation center network
  • Protecting cultural heritage in times of emergency
  • Community disaster response brigades

Creating a robust social infrastructure to maintain urban functions in the face of shocks

  • Flood resilience of Kyoto’s stormwater management network
  • Seismic resilience of Kyoto’s road, bridge, and tunnel network
  • Seismic resilience of Kyoto’s water supply and sewage network

Read Kyoto's Resilience Strategy