Kyōtango, Kyoto

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Kyōtango
京丹後市
City
Flag of Kyōtango
Flag
Location of Kyōtango in Kyoto Prefecture
Location of Kyōtango in Kyoto Prefecture
Kyōtango is located in Japan
Kyōtango
Kyōtango
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°37′N 135°8′E / 35.617°N 135.133°E / 35.617; 135.133Coordinates: 35°37′N 135°8′E / 35.617°N 135.133°E / 35.617; 135.133
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Kyoto Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Yasushi Nakayama (since May 2004)
Area
 • Total 501.84 km2 (193.76 sq mi)
Population (October 30, 2012)
 • Total 60,163
 • Density 119.88/km2 (310.5/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Fagos crenata
- Flower Veronica omata
Address 889 Sugitani, Mineyama-chō, Kyōtango-shi, Kyoto-fu
627-8567
Phone number 0772-69-0001
Website City of Kyōtango


Kyōtango (京丹後市 Kyōtango-shi?) is a city located in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The modern city of Kyōtango was established on April 1, 2004, from the merger of the towns of Mineyama and Omiya (both from Naka District), the towns of Amino, Tango, and Yasaka (all from Takeno District), and the town of Kumihama (from Kumano District). Naka, Takeno, and Kumano Districts were dissolved as a result of the merger.

Mineyama, now part of Kyōtango, has a close connection with the Hagoromo legend. Kumihama area is well known for its many hot springs, while Amino is one of the major producers of the Tango Chirimen.

Entire area of Kyotango City is the eastern part of San'in Kaigan Geopark.

Geography[edit]

SyotenkyoBeach in Kyotango-Kumihama Kyoto Prefecture

Located on the coast of the Sea of Japan on the western side of the Tango Peninsula in the northwestern corner of the prefecture, the new city has its city hall in the former town hall of Mineyama.

Demographics[edit]

As of May 31, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 60,163 and a population density of 119.88 persons per km². The total area is 501.84 km².

History[edit]

The 1927 Kita Tango earthquake devastated the Mineyama area, present day of part of Kyotango

The 1927 Kita Tango earthquake caused major damage in the region and killed around 3,000 people.

Notable Residents[edit]

Kyōtango was home to Jiroemon Kimura who was born in the city in 1897. He was the world's oldest living man since April 2011, the oldest living person in Japan since December 2011 and as of 17 December 2012, was the world's oldest verified living person. [1] Kimura lived in Kyōtango his entire life and was said to have recollections of the 1927 earthquake. He spoke of his memories of surviving the earthquake on his 114th birthday. [2] On 28 December 2012, Kimura became the oldest verified man in history, but he died on June 12th, 2013. [3]

Professional wrestling star Shinsuke Nakamura is also from Kyōtango. [4]

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Military Base[edit]

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force maintain a facility in the city (the Kyogamisaki Sub-Base), part of the Basic Air Defense Ground Environment. A USFJ missile monitoring station is currently planned to be established nearby.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Kyōtango, Kyoto at Wikimedia Commons