Kuni-kyō

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Kuni-kyō ruins

Kuni-kyō (恭仁京?), also called Kuni no miyako, was an ancient Imperial capital of Japan between 740 and 744.[1] It was in present-day Kizugawa in Kyoto Prefecture.[2]

History[change | edit source]

The new capital of Emperor Shōmu was built by Tachibana no Moroe.[1]

The palace (Kuni no miya) was built in the former Yamashiro Province.[3] in what became the town Kizu.[2]

The city of Kuni-kyō was not completed. The court and capital moved to Naniwa-kyō (Osaka) after only four years.

Archeology[change | edit source]

Studies of the archaeological site suggest the location of the main buildings. The city was laid out in a grid. The area of palace is estimated to have been 500+ meters wide and 700+ meters long.[2]

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References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Naniwa" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 574.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kyoto Prefectural Board of Education, 恭仁宮跡の発掘調査 (Excavations on the Kuni Palace site); retrieved 2011-11-24.
  3. Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du Japon, p. 71.

Coordinates: 34°45′56″N 135°51′46″E / 34.76556°N 135.86278°E / 34.76556; 135.86278