Mukō, Kyoto

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Mukō
向日市
City
Flag of Mukō
Flag
Location of Mukō in Kyoto Prefecture
Location of Mukō in Kyoto Prefecture
Mukō is located in Japan
Mukō
Mukō
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°57′N 135°42′E / 34.950°N 135.700°E / 34.950; 135.700Coordinates: 34°57′N 135°42′E / 34.950°N 135.700°E / 34.950; 135.700
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Kyoto Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Kushima Tsutomu
Area
 • Total 7.67 km2 (2.96 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 55,031
 • Density 6.977/km2 (18.07/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Sakura, Bamboo
- Flower Sunflower, Azalea
Website City of Mukō

Mukō (向日市 Mukō-shi?) is a city located in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 55,031 and a population density of 6,977.57 persons per km². The total area is 7.67 km².

The city was founded on October 1, 1972. Its neighbor cities are Kyoto and Nagaokakyō.

Mukō has been a sister city to Saratoga, California, USA since 1983.

History[edit]

At the end of the 8th century, Emperor Kammu moved his capital from Nara to Nagaokakyō. The new capital encompassed a large part of modern Muko, where modern research has revealed the palace to have been located. In the south, it also included parts of Nagaokakyō. In 794, because of the location's moist temperature and reputation as a breeding ground for disease, Kammu relocated his capital from Nagaoka to Heian, now known as Kyoto.

Politics and government[edit]

Mukō city hall.

Mukō is governed by the mayor Tsutomu Kushima, an independent. The city assembly has 24 members. In 2007 the Japanese Communist Party had a strong presence in local politics with eight members in the assembly.

Sister cities[edit]

Elections[edit]

Facilities[edit]

Mukomachi Saty Center

Mukomachi Saty is a six-level shopping center with car parking located approximately 170 metres (a three-minute walk) from Higashi Muko station on Hankyu Kyoto line and 630 metres (an eight-minute walk) from JR Mukomachi station.

There is an Aeon Department Store, a Japanese restaurant and a casual dining area. A specialty tea stand on the first floor sells a variety of tea from around Japan.

External links[edit]

Media related to Mukō, Kyoto at Wikimedia Commons