Kyoto Prefecture

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Kyoto Prefecture
Japanese: 京都府
Map of Japan with Kyoto highlighted
Capital Kyoto
Region Kansai
Island Honshu
Governor Keiji Yamada
Area (rank) 4,612.71 km² (31st)
 - % water 1.0%
Population  (March 1, 2011)
 - Population 2,633,428 (13th)
 - Density 570.91 /km²
Districts 6
Municipalities 26
ISO 3166-2 JP-26
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Weeping cherry blossom (Prunus spachiana)
 - Tree Kitayama Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica)
 - Bird Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas)
 - Fish
Symbol of Kyoto Prefecture
Symbol of Kyoto Prefecture

Kyoto Prefecture (京都府 Kyōto-fu?) is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshu.[1] The capital is the city of Kyoto.[2]

History[change | edit source]

In the Meiji period, Kyoto Prefecture was made from the area of the former Yamashiro Province.[3]

From the 7th century through the late-19th century, the city of Kyoto was the Imperial capital of Japan.

Geography[change | edit source]

Kyoto Prefecture is almost in the center of Honshū and of Japan. To the north, it faces the Sea of Japan and Fukui Prefecture. To the south, it faces Osaka and Nara Prefectures. To the east, it faces Mie and Shiga Prefectures. To the west, it faces Hyōgo Prefecture.

Cities[change | edit source]

There are fifteen cities in Kyoto Prefecture.

Towns and villages[change | edit source]

These are the towns and villages in each district:


Education[change | edit source]

Universities[change | edit source]

National Parks[change | edit source]

National Parks are established in about 6% of the total land area of the prefecture.[4]

Shrines and Temples[change | edit source]

The Kamo Shrines (Kamigamo jinja and Shimogamo jinja) are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [5]

Related pages[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kyoto-fu" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 587; "Kansai" at p. 477.
  2. Nussbaum, "Kyoto" at pp. 565-587.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1; retrieved 2012-3-14.

Other websites[change | edit source]

Media related to Kyoto prefecture at Wikimedia Commons