|Subdivisions||Districts: 6, Municipalities: 26|
|• Governor||Takatoshi Nishiwaki|
|• Total||4,612.19 km2 (1,780.78 sq mi)|
(October 1, 2015)
|• Density||566/km2 (1,470/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-26|
|Bird||Streaked shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas)|
|Flower||Weeping cherry blossom (Prunus spachiana)|
|Tree||Kitayama Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica)|
Kyoto Prefecture (京都府, Kyōto-fu) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region of Honshu. Kyoto Prefecture has a population of 2,610,353 (1 October 2015) and has a geographic area of 4,612 km² (1,780 sq mi). Kyoto Prefecture borders Fukui Prefecture to the northeast, Shiga Prefecture to the east, Mie Prefecture to the southeast, Nara Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture to the south, and Hyogo Prefecture to the west.
Kyoto is the capital and largest city of Kyoto Prefecture, with other major cities including Uji, Kameoka, and Maizuru. Kyoto Prefecture is located on the Sea of Japan coast and extends to the southeast towards the Kii Peninsula, covering territory of the former provinces of Yamashiro, Tamba, and Tango. Kyoto Prefecture is centered on the historic Imperial capital of Kyoto, and is one of Japan's two "urban prefectures" using the designation fu rather than the standard ken for prefectures. Kyoto has made Kyoto Prefecture one of the most popular tourism destinations in Japan for national and international tourists, and 21% of the prefecture's land area was designated as Natural Parks. Kyoto Prefecture forms part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area, the second-most-populated urban region in Japan after the Greater Tokyo area and one of the world's most productive regions by GDP.
For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.
Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyō, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.
Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.
In 1467, a great civil war, the Ōnin War, took place inside Kyoto, and most of the town was burned down. Japan plunged into the age of warring feudal lords. A new strong man, Tokugawa Ieyasu, established the shogunate at Edo (today's Tokyo) in 1603.
The Meiji Restoration returned Japan to imperial rule in 1868. Emperor Meiji, who was now the absolute sovereign, went to stay in Tokyo during the next year. The imperial court has not returned to Kyoto since then. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu. The subsequent reorganization of the old provincial system merged the former Tango Province, Yamashiro Province and the eastern part of Tanba Province into today's Kyoto Prefecture.
The area was affected by the 2019-20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
Kyoto Prefecture is almost in the center of Honshu and of Japan. It covers an area of 4,612.19 square kilometres (1,780.78 sq mi), which is 1.2% of Japan. Kyoto is 31st by size. 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 its west is Hyōgo Prefecture. The prefecture is separated in the middle by the Tanba Mountains. This makes its climate very different in the north and south.
As of 15 April 2016, 21% of the prefecture's land area was designated as Natural Parks, namely Sanin Kaigan National Park; Biwako, Kyoto Tamba Kogen, Tango-Amanohashidate-Ōeyama and Wakasa Wan Quasi-National Parks; and Hozukyō, Kasagiyama, and Rurikei Prefectural Natural Parks.
Fifteen cities are located in Kyoto Prefecture:
Towns and villages
These are the towns and villages in each district:
Miyazu and Aso Bay
Kyoto prefecture's economy is supported by industries that create value that is unique to Kyoto, such as the tourism and traditional industries supported by 1,200 years of history and culture, as well as high-technology industries that combine the technology of Kyoto's traditional industries with new ideas.
Northern Kyoto on the Tango Peninsula has fishing and water transportation, and midland Kyoto has agriculture and forestry. The prefecture produces 13% of the domestic sake and green tea. Japan's largest vertical farm is located in the prefecture.
The Kyoto-based manufacturing industry holds shares of Japan's high-technology product markets and others. As of 2018, six Forbes Global 2000 companies were located in Kyoto prefecture: Nidec, Kyocera, Murata Manufacturing, Nintendo, Omron, Bank of Kyoto. Takara Holdings, GS Yuasa, SCREEN Holdings, Mitsubishi Logisnext, Maxell, and Kyoto Animation are based in the prefecture.
Kyoto has been, and still remains, Japan's cultural center. For over 1000 years it was Japan's capital. When the capital was changed to Tokyo, Kyoto remained Japan's cultural capital. The local government proposes a plan to move the Agency for Cultural Affairs to Kyoto and to regard Tokyo as the capital of politics and economy and Kyoto as the capital of culture. See Culture of Japan.
- Bukkyo University
- Doshisha University
- Hanazono University
- Heian Jogakuin University
- Kyoto Bunkyo University
- Kyoto City University of Arts
- Kyoto Gakuen University
- Kyoto Institute of Technology
- Kyoto Kacho University
- Kyoto Koka Women's University
- Kyoto Notre Dame University
- Kyoto Pharmaceutical University
- Kyoto Prefectural University
- Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine
- Kyoto Saga University of Arts
- Kyoto Sangyo University
- Kyoto Seika University
- Kyoto Tachibana University
- Kyoto University
- Kyoto University of Art and Design
- Kyoto Arts and Crafts University
- Kyoto University of Education
- Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
- Kyoto Women's University
- Meiji University of Integrative Medicine
- Ōtani University
- Ritsumeikan University
- Ryukoku University
- Seibi University
- Shuchiin University
The sports teams listed below are based in Kyoto.
- Kyoto Sanga F.C. (J2 League)
- Amitie SC Kyoto (Kansai Soccer League)
- Bunnys Kyoto SC (Japan Women's Football League)
- Kyoto Flora (Japan Women's Baseball League)
- Mitsubishi Motors Kyoto Red Evoluitions (Top West)
- JR Central
- JR West
- Kyoto Municipal Subway
- Sagano Scenic Railway (Arashiyama-Kameoka)
- Kyoto Tango Railway
- Maizuru Port - Mainly international container terminal and ferry route to Hokkaido (Otaru and Tomakomai).
- Route 1
- Route 9 (Kyoto-Fukuchiyama-Tottori-Yonago-Izumo-Hamada-Yamaguchi)
- Route 24 (Kyoto-Nara-Kashihara-Hashimoto-Wakayama)
- Route 27 (Tanba-Maizuru-Tsuruga)
- Route 162
- Route 163
- Route 171 (Kyoto-Takatsuki-Minoo-Itami-Nishinomiya)
- Route 173
- Route 175 (Akashi-Nishiwaki-Fukuchiyama-Maizuru)
- Route 176 (Osaka-Sanda-Sasayama-Fukuchiyama-Miyazu)
- Route 178
- Route 307
- Route 312
- Route 372 (Kameoka-Sasayama-Kasai-Himeji)
- Route 423
- Route 426
- Route 429
- Route 477
- Route 478
The city of Kyoto is one of the most popular tourist spots in Japan, and many people from far and wide visit there. Along with Tokyo, Kyoto is a favorite location for the graduation trip of Junior High and High schools.
Some of the festivals held in Kyoto are Aoi Matsuri from 544, Gion Matsuri from 869, Ine Matsuri from the Edo-era, Daimonji Gozan Okuribi from 1662, and Jidai Matsuri from 1895. Every shrine and temple holds some sort of event, and many of them are open for public viewing.
On August 1, 2013, prefectural and municipal authorities gave consent for a USFJ missile monitoring station to be set up in the city of Kyōtango. It will be co-located with a JASDF facility already based in the city. At least initially, its primary sensor will be a mobile X-band radar used to gather data on ballistic missile launches which will then be relayed by the station to warships equipped with Aegis air defense systems and to ground-based interceptor missile sites. A hundred and sixty personnel will be based at the station.
The previous governor of Kyoto is former Home Affairs Ministry bureaucrat Keiji Yamada. He has been reelected to a fourth term in April 2014 with support from the major non-Communist parties against only one JCP-supported challenger.
The prefectural assembly has 60 members from 25 electoral districts and is still elected in unified local elections (last round: 2011). As of September 2013, it was composed as follows: Liberal Democratic Party 25, Democratic Party 14, Japanese Communist Party 11, Kōmeitō 5, Kyōto sōsei forum 1, Japan Restoration Party 1.
Kyoto's delegation to the National Diet consists of six members of the House of Representatives and four members (two per election) of the House of Councillors. After the national elections of 2010, 2012 and 2013, the prefecture is represented by four Liberal Democrats and two Democrats in the lower house, and two Liberal Democrats, one Democrat and one Communist in the upper house.
Kyoto Prefecture has sister relationships with these places:
- Shaanxi Province, China
- Yogyakarta Special Region, Indonesia
- Oklahoma, United States
- Leningrad Oblast, Russia
- Edinburgh, Scotland 
- Occitanie, France
- Quebec, Canada
These relationships are distinct from those of cities in Kyoto Prefecture with other cities.
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