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|Ward of Kyoto|
Togetsu Bridge in Arashiyama
Location of Ukyo in Kyoto
|• Total||291.95 km2 (112.72 sq mi)|
|Population (February 1, 2012)|
|• Density||695.45/km2 (1,801.2/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||Uzumasa Shimokeibu-chō 12, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture (京都府京都市右京区太秦下刑部町12)
|Website||Ukyō official website|
Ukyō-ku (右京区?) is one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto, in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The word Ukyō (右京?, right capital), as opposed to Sakyō (左京?, left capital), refers to the western half of the ancient capital of Heiankyō (Kyoto) – the palace faced south, hence west was to the right. The area of ancient Ukyō slightly overlaps the area of present Ukyō-ku.
Ukyo-ku is home to many renowned sites, including
- Arashiyama, a hill famed for its maple leaves and the Togetsu-kyō, the Bridge to the Moon
- Ninna-ji, a Buddhist temple with a fine pagoda
- Ryōan-ji, the Zen Buddhist temple with the karesansui (dry-landscape, i.e. raked stones) garden
- Tenryū-ji,the head temple of the Tenryū branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism
- Sagano, a neighborhood with many temples, including the Nonomiya Shrine as well as Rakushi-sha, the Fallen Persimmon Hut
- Uzumasa, the location of Kōryū-ji, a temple founded before Kyoto became the Imperial capital. The neighborhood is also the home of the Tōei Uzumasa Eigamura studios and the center of Japan's television and film industries.
- The multinational Dynic Corporation is also headquartered in the ward.
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