Introduction to .KYOTO

NetNames has been given notice that GMO plan to open the .KYOTO new Top Level Domain registry on the 1st October 2015. The .KYOTO gTLD will be supported by Neustar as the back-end provider. The .KYOTO TLD will be an open registry and will offer the following registration periods:

Trademark Sunrise1st October 2015 to 30th November 2015✔
Landrush Phase4th January 2016 to 3rd February 2016✔
General Availability10th February 2016 onwards✔

The registry will be offering Sunrise registrations to all Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) verified mark holders. Any valid duplicate applications made during the Sunrise period will be resolved by means of an auction after the close of the phase on the 30th November 2015. In addition to the SMD file, there are also local Nexus requirements, detailed below. Sunrise orders can be placed via your NetNames Domain Management Portal or via your Account Manager. Should you still wish to place any trademarks with the TMCH, please contact your Account Manager.


Eligible registrants are one of the following for ALL phases:

- Kyoto municipalities and local governments;

- Public and private institutions with a valid physical address in Kyoto;

- Organizations, companies, and other businesses with a valid physical address in Kyoto; and

- Natural persons with a valid physical address in Kyoto.


All Registrants must remain in compliance with the nexus requirements at all times. The Registry will conduct scans of registration data from time to time in order to ensure compliance with the registration requirements. Any failure of a registration to satisfy the Nexus Requirement will result in the name being placed on a hold for an initial period of 30 days.

The registry will be offering a Landrush phase on a first come, first serve basis. A one-off, non-refundable application fee is payable to register in landrush.


Registration Info

  • The .KYOTO gTLD will be available to any applicant without restriction
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters
  • .KYOTO will support IDN registrations in Spanish, German and French script
  • .KYOTO is not eligible for blocking under the Domains Protected Marks List (DPML)
  • Applications made in the Trademark Sunrise or Landrush phase will incur a one-off Sunrise Access fee which will be billed in the next invoice period and is non-refundable.
  • Strict Nexus requirements dictate registrants in all phases.

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