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 Takatoshi Nishiwaki
Area (rank) 4,612.20 km² (31st)
 - % water 1.0%
Population  (October 1, 2020)
 - Population 2,579,921 (13th)
 - Density 559.37 /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
Emblem of Kyoto prefecture.svg

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 | change 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 | change 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 | change source]

There are fifteen cities in Kyoto Prefecture.

Towns and villages[change | change source]

These are the towns and villages in each district:


Education[change | change source]

Universities[change | change source]

National Parks[change | change source]

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

Shrines and Temples[change | change source]

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

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change 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 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-3-14.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Kyoto prefecture at Wikimedia Commons