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Kyoto Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

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]

Kyoto Prefecture
Japanese: 京都府
Kyōto-fu
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
Website www.pref.kyoto.jp/
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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
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HistoryEdit

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.

GeographyEdit

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.

CitiesEdit

There are fifteen cities in Kyoto Prefecture.

Towns and villagesEdit

These are the towns and villages in each district:

Kyōtamba
Kumiyama
Ōyamazaki
Kasagi
Minamiyamashiro
Seika
Wazuka
Ide
Ujitawara
Ine
Yosano

EducationEdit

Shrines and TemplesEdit

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

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.

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