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Kyoto starts cleanup from typhoon’s torrential rain
Publication Date : 18-09-2013
A day after the torrential rain from Typhoon No. 18 hit the Arashiyama district in Kyoto, the famous boat tour on Hozugawa river and the sight-seeing tram there were forced to suspend operations Tuesday, among other events that were cancelled.
Shortly before the start of the autumn sightseeing season, local people began full-fledged efforts to clean up and restore damaged areas.
Hozugawa rafting from Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, to the Arashiyama district is usually crowded with students on school trips, with its congestion peaking in November from tourists who come to view the coloured leaves.
At a boarding terminal in Kameoka, boatmen were busy Tuesday morning removing dirt and driftwood stuck there.
“If we cannot restart operations soon, it will affect tourist reservations this autumn,” said Tadashi Kudo, 59, the head of Hozugawa Yusen Sightseeing Boat Association.
Sagano Sightseeing Tram, which attracts about 900,000 people a year, suspended operations on Monday and Tuesday as dirt clogged the rails and a station building was submerged due to the flooding of the Katsuragawa river. Railway staff cleaned the station and removed dirt on Tuesday.
Hanaikada, a Japanese inn in the Arashiyama district whose lobby and kitchen were flooded, received about 100 e-mails and calls of encouragement, while there were about five cancellations.
“Some people may think the landscape in Arashiyama has changed, but it will go back to the way it was when restoration operations are completed,” said Miaki Nakanishi, 36, the proprietor of the inn.
Togetsutei, an old Japanese inn in the district, reportedly had about 80 percent of rooms reserved for this month, but all were cancelled.