Kameoka, Kyoto

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Kameoka
亀岡市
City
Top left: A sightseeing train at Sagano Sightseeing Line, Top right: Kameoka Castle site, Middle left: Hozu Valley, Middle right:Kameoka Izumo Shrine, Bottom: A sightseeing boat at Hozu Valley
Top left: A sightseeing train at Sagano Sightseeing Line, Top right: Kameoka Castle site, Middle left: Hozu Valley, Middle right:Kameoka Izumo Shrine, Bottom: A sightseeing boat at Hozu Valley
Flag of Kameoka
Flag
Location of Kameoka in Kyoto Prefecture
Location of Kameoka in Kyoto Prefecture
Kameoka is located in Japan
Kameoka
Kameoka
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°1′N 135°34′E / 35.017°N 135.567°E / 35.017; 135.567Coordinates: 35°1′N 135°34′E / 35.017°N 135.567°E / 35.017; 135.567
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Kyoto Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Masataka Kuriyama
Area
 • Total 224.90 km2 (86.83 sq mi)
Population (November 1, 2012)
 • Total 92,889
 • Density 413.02/km2 (1,069.7/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Sakura
- Flower Azalea
Address 8 Yasumachi Nonogami, Kameoka-shi, Kyōto-fu
621-8501
Phone number 0771-22-3131
Website www.city.kameoka.kyoto.jp
Kameoka City Hall
Anaoji in Kameoka

Kameoka (亀岡市 Kameoka-shi?) is a city in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.

As of November 1, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 92,889, with 37,527 households and a population density of 413.02 persons per km². The total area is 224.90 km².

Geography[edit]

Kameoka abuts Kyoto to the east and is located to the north of Osaka. It is on the border line between former Tanba and Yamashiro providences. Together with Nantan city, the region is known as Southern Tanba, Kuchitan or Nanatan. For centuries, Kameoka served as a key transportation point to connect San'in region and Tanba providence with Kyoto. Today, the city serves as one of the fastest growing suburbs of Metro Kyoto, and Metro Osaka.

Kameoka is notable as the launch point for Hozugawa Kudari, a boat ride down the Hozu River. It is also the location of Anaoji Temple, one of the 21 temples in western Japan authorized to issue amulets in the name of the Boddhisattva Kannon.[1]

History[edit]

Historically, the area served as a farming community for Kyoto, Japan's former capital. For centuries, area farmers provided ingredients used for traditional Japanese food served in Kyoto including chestnuts, black beans, azuki, rice, matsutake, yams, and daikon. In addition, farmers in the city provide beef, chicken and ayu (also known as sweetfish).

In the past, Kameoka was known as Kameyama and served as the provincial capital for Tamba province.

Notable people from Kameoka[edit]

Lords of Kameoka[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

  • Knittelfeld, Austria - April 14, 1964
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - November 3, 1985
  • Jandira, Brazil - November 3, 1980
  • Suzhou, China - December 31, 1996

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