.Kyoto may join .Tokyo as top level domain.
It appears that .kyoto may be one of the location specific top level domains that will hit the web in coming years.
The announcement is in Japanese and all translations I’ve seen are rather jumbled, but it appears that GMO Registry is behind the effort. [Update: I’ve heard that DOTKYOTO COMPANY LIMITED is behind the effort and has government approval. It is seeking a registry back end provider, and GMO is one of the candidates.] (look the whois of the sponsoring domain)
The company is already planning a .tokyo top level domain and says it has the support of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government for that effort.
It’s also aiming for the .shop top level domain.
Kyoto has a population of about 1.5 million. Although that’s smaller than most cities you’ll see get their own TLD, it’s part of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan region of over 18 million people.
Source: Domain Name Wire