About the Project
Next time you come to Kyoto, look for people on the street wearing a badge featuring an image of Mt. Fuji, a hawk, or an eggplant. They are members of the AtchiKochi Project—Kyoto locals who are eager to help travelers from overseas with navigation.
The AtchiKochi Project is a volunteer initiative involving no payment or booking; you can start taking advantage of it the moment you arrive in Kyoto. All you have to do is remember that badges of Mt. Fuji, a hawk, and an eggplant mean the bearers are willing to help you explore Japan’s old capital. (To learn more about these symbols, see Why Mt. Fuji, a Hawk and an Eggplant?)
All members of the AtchiKochi Project would like you to spend less time wrestling with a map and more time contemplating at a rock garden or exploring local tastes at Nishiki Market.
We look forward to assisting you.