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Japanese Temples banning photography for rude and disrespectful tourists

Any traveler or travel photographer will tell how important it is to respect the places that you are going.

It applies as much for natural surroundings as it applies for sacred manmade places, and it is the latter of these which are having to prohibit photography because of disrespectful tourist photographers who do not abide by this fundamental rule.

As per Naver Matome and Kyoto Hotel Search, Buddhist temples located in Kyoto are prohibiting photography because of the way travelers are acting at the temple premises. All these beautiful manmade locations beg to be photographed. Tourists are not just bothering those who are visiting the temples on pilgrimage, some are even going as far as blocking the pathways with huge tripods and taking stroll through gardens which are off-limits to receive unique perspectives.

Kotaku has made a list of all the Buddhist temples which have banned photography and it includes the popular Genko-an temple, Daigo-ji temple (which is a world heritage site), Hosen-in temple, the Jizo-in temple (bamboo temple) as well as several other. Well, all these temples did not ban photography outright. Some of these temples bans photography certain times a year; while some have banned in certain parts of the temple. But all these temples have applied some sort of bans that were not in place previously. It is always suggested to seek permission before taking a snap.