The Kyoto map shows the detailed map and a large map of Kyoto. This map of Kyoto will allow you to orient yourself in Kyoto in Kansai - Japan. The Kyoto map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.
In Japanese, the city has been called Kyō (京), Miyako (都) or Kyō no Miyako (京の都). In the 11th century, the city was renamed Kyoto ("capital city"), after the Chinese word for capital city, jingdu (京都). After Edo was renamed Tokyo (meaning "Eastern Capital") in 1868, Kyoto was known for a short time as Saikyō (西京, meaning "Western Capital") as its mentioned in Kyoto map. An obsolete spelling for the city's name is Kioto; it was formerly known to the West as Meaco (/miːækoʊ/; Japanese: 都; miyako, meaning "the seat of Imperial palace" or "capital".). Another term commonly used to refer to the city in the pre-modern period was Keishi (京師), meaning "metropolis" or "capital". The dialect spoken in Kyoto is known as Kyō-kotoba or Kyōto-ben, a constituent dialect of the Kansai dialect. When Kyoto was the capital of Japan, Kyoto dialect was the de facto standard Japanese and influenced on development of Tokyo dialect, the modern standard Japanese.
The directly elected executive mayor in Kyoto as of 2011 is Daisaku Kadokawa, an independent supported by the Liberal Democratic Party, Democratic Party of Japan, New Komeito Party and Social Democratic Party. The legislative city assembly has 69 elected members as you can see in Kyoto map. Like other cities in Japan, Kyoto has a single mayor and a city council.
The key industry of Kyoto is information technology and electronics as its shown in Kyoto map: the city is home to the headquarters of Nintendo, Intelligent Systems, TOSE, OMRON, Kyocera, Shimadzu Corp., Rohm, Horiba, Nidec Corporation, Nichicon, GS Yuasa and Murata Machinery and the headquarters of Murata Manufacturing are located in the suburbs of Kyoto in the city of Nagaokakyō. Other businesses headquartered in Kyoto include the apparel company Wacoal, the delivery transportation company Sagawa Express and the garage kits maker Volks.
The map of downtown Kyoto shows the historical center of Kyoto. This downtown map of Kyoto will allow you to easily plan your visit in the center of Kyoto in Kansai - Japan. The Kyoto downtown map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.
Downtown Kyoto is a roughly square area bounded on the east by the Kamo-gawa River, on the west by Karasuma-dori, on the north by Oike-dori, and on the south by Shijo-dori as you can see in Kyoto downtown map. Because of its small size, it lends itself to exploration on foot. And, with lots of covered arcades, this is one of the best places to spend a rainy day in the city. Known to locals as “Kyoto pantry”, Nishiki Market is easily the best traditional food market in the city. Daimaru Department Store basement food floor is arguably the best food market in the entire city. Arguably the single most atmospheric street in all of Kyoto, Pontocho Alley is a great place to do some geisha spotting in the evening. The Kyoto International Manga Museum is the best manga museum in the entire country. If you are a fan of Japanese comics, do not miss it.
Kane-yo is one the best places in Kyoto to sample unagi (eel) as its shown in Kyoto downtown map. The place positively oozes “old Kyoto” charm and the unagi is delicious. Widely known as Katsukura, this restaurant tonkatsu is a cut above many places: the pork is excellent, and the sauce is homemade. Plus, the Sanjo main shop in downtown Kyoto serves tasty crab croquettes and chicken cutlets – perfect when not everyone wants to eat the same thing. Ippodo is the best place in Kyoto to buy green tea, including both leaf tea and powdered tea (matcha). The store is incredibly atmospheric and samples are available. Morita Washi is our favorite shop in Kyoto. Full stop. Specializing in washi (Japanese handmade paper), this place is an artist dream come true. Daimaru is one of Kyoto two largest and most opulent department stores, with everything from elite international brands to one of the best food floors in all of Japan.
Kawaramachi is a downtown district in Kyoto, the ancient capital city of Japan. Although Kyoto retains its classic atmosphere, Kawaramachi is a city which is said to combine both modern and traditional Japan all in one place. While the Kamogawa River was once a threat to the city due to heavy flooding, it is now a peaceful place for people to enjoy strolls along its banks and experience the beauty of Kyoto. In spring, it is a popular location for hanami, or cherry blossom viewing. Every night, the river is illuminated by nearby restaurants, which cast a romantic luminescent glow on the water. There are many stylish restaurants, cafes and dessert shops from where you can admire the river beauty through the changing seasons. Yasaka Shrine as its mentioned in Kyoto downtown map is a Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto. The shrine is famous for Gion Matsuri, which takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. Ro-mon, the shrine red main gate, stands two stories high and wards of evil spirits before visitors enter the complex.
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The city of Kyoto cultural heritages are constantly visited by school groups from across Japan, and many foreign tourists also stop in Kyoto. In 2007, the city government announced that a record number of tourists had visited Kyoto for the sixth year in a row, and it was chosen as the second most attractive city in Japan, in a regional brand survey. As well as more than 30 Japanese universities and colleges as you can see in Kyoto Kansai - Japan map, American universities find the city as an important place for education and research. Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) is a consortium of 14 American universities that sponsors a rigorous, two-semester academic program for undergraduates who wish to do advanced work in Japanese language and cultural studies. In addition, Stanford University has its own Japan Center in Kyoto.
Historically Kyoto was the largest city in Japan, later surpassed by Osaka and Edo (Tokyo) towards the end of the 16th century as its shown in Kyoto Kansai - Japan map. In the prewar years, Kyoto traded places with Kobe and Nagoya ranking as the 4th and 5th largest city. In 1947, it went back to being 3rd, but its population has gradually declined ever since. By 1960 it had fallen to 5th again, and by 1990 it had fallen to 7th, in 2012 it is now 8th. If current trends continue it could fall to 9th after Kawasaki.
With its 2000 religious places- 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, as well as palaces, gardens and architecture intact, it is one of the best preserved cities in Japan. Among the most famous temples in Japan are Kiyomizu-dera, a magnificent wooden temple supported by pillars off the slope of a mountain; Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion; Ginkaku-ji, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion; and Ryōan-ji, famous for its rock garden as its mentioned in Kyoto Kansai - Japan map. The Heian Jingū is a Shinto shrine, built in 1895, celebrating the Imperial family and commemorating the first and last emperors to reside in Kyoto. Three special sites have connections to the imperial family: the Kyoto Gyoen area including the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Sento Imperial Palace, homes of the Emperors of Japan for many centuries; Katsura Imperial Villa, one of the nation finest architectural treasures; and Shugaku-in Imperial Villa, one of its best Japanese gardens.
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The "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto" are listed by the Unesco as a World Heritage Site. These include the Kamo Shrines (Kami and Shimo), Kyō-ō-Gokokuji (Tō-ji), Kiyomizu-dera, Daigo-ji, Ninna-ji, Saihō-ji (Kokedera), Tenryū-ji, Rokuon-ji (Kinkaku-ji), Jishō-ji (Ginkaku-ji), Ryōan-ji, Hongan-ji, Kōzan-ji and the Nijo Castle, primarily built by the Tokugawa shoguns as you can see in Kyoto on world map. Other sites outside the city are also on the list.
About 20% of Japan National Treasures and 14% of Important Cultural Properties exist in the city proper. The Unesco World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) includes 17 locations in Kyoto, Uji in Kyoto Prefecture and Ōtsu in Shiga Prefecture as its shown in Kyoto on world map. The site has been designated as World Heritage in 1994.
Home to 37 institutions of higher education, Kyoto is one of the academic centers of the country. Kyoto University, one of Japan national universities, is considered to be one of the top universities in Japan. According to The Times Higher Education Supplement top-ranking university, Kyoto University is ranked the second university in Japan and 25th in the world as its mentioned in Kyoto on world map. The Kyoto Institute of Technology is also among the most famous universities in Japan and is considered to be one of the best universities for architecture and design in the country.