Kyoto Prefecture (Japanese: 京都府, Kyōto-fu) is a prefecture of West Japan located in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.


Kyoto has been, and still remains to this day, the cultural center of Japan. For over 1000 years it was Japan's capital. When the capital was changed to Tokyo, Kyoto remained Japan's cultural capital. Kyoto would later become the capital of the Republic of Japan after World War II.


The city of Kyoto is largely dependent on tourism. Northern Kyoto on the Tango Peninsula has fishing and water transportation, and midland Kyoto has agriculture and forestry. Nintendo is headquartered in the city of Kyoto.


Kyoto Prefecture is located almost in the center of Honshu and of Japan. It covers an area of 4,613.26 square kilometres (1,781.19 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 the west, it faces 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 1 April 2012, 6% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely Sanin Kaigan National Park; Biwako, Tango-Amanohashidate-Ōeyama and Wakasa Wan Quasi-National Parks; and Hozukyō, Kasagiyama, and Rurikei Prefectural Natural Parks.

Cities and TownsEdit


  • Ayabe


  • Jōyō
  • Kameoka
  • Kizugawa

  • Kyōtanabe
  • Kyōtango
  • Kyoto (capital)
  • Maizuru
  • Miyazu

  • Mukō
  • Nagaokakyō
  • Nantan
  • Uji
  • Yawata


  • Funai District
    • Kyōtamba
  • Kuse District
    • Kumiyama
  • Otokuni District
    • Ōyamazaki

  • Sōraku District
    • Kasagi
    • Minamiyamashiro
    • Seika
    • Wazuka

  • Tsuzuki District
    • Ide
    • Ujitawara
  • Yosa District
    • Ine
    • Yosano

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