Nishikyō-ku, Kyoto

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Location of Nishikyō-ku in Kyoto
Katsura Imperial Villa, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto

Nishikyō-ku (西京区?) is one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto, in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Its name means "west capital ward" and it is situated on the western edge of the city, to the south of center. The ward was established on October 1, 1976, after it was separated from Ukyō-ku. The Katsura River is the border between Nishikyo-ku and Ukyo-ku.

Katsura Imperial Villa, on that river, is one of the most widely known features of Nishikyo-ku. Saihō-ji, the Moss Temple, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the ward.

Matsunoo-taisha, a Shinto shrine, is also located in Nishikyō-ku.

As of March 1, 2012 the ward has an area of 59.20 km² and a population of 152,554.

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Coordinates: 34°59′06″N 135°41′36″E / 34.985041°N 135.693278°E / 34.985041; 135.693278