Yeah definitely seems like the tourist intake accelerated too fast. I wonder how the locals feel about the olympics, maybe its kind of a blessing in disguise that it'll be downsized. I imagine dealing with the massive olympics crowds will drive the locals insaneHonestly I blame the tourist portion mostly on the government. They promote travel heavy yet don't create infrastructure to keep those things working while keeping the locals sane. There are too many tiny cheap guests houses in the middle of quiet neighborhoods that are allowed to exist. I believe some sort of zoning laws for that sort of stuff only make sense. Creating tourist buses or giving permits to tourist bus companies that have discounts for foreigners to alleviate some of the congestion on the local buses. I'm spit balling but the city is doing very little for the people to better manage the tourists. I get the want to not break the old world vibe of Kyoto and all that, but some things got to give. Also not to mention that Kyoto is well known for it's insular/conservative community so they are definitely hard to please either way.
I haven't been to Tokyo in like 5 years but I always wondered about the Kapital stores there since they seem to stock the most of the higher end stuff. Im just too lazy to go all the way out there.