Location of Jōyō in Kyoto Prefecture
|• Mayor||Toshiharu Okuda|
|• Total||32.71 km2 (12.63 sq mi)|
|Population (October 1, 2015)|
|• Density||2,400/km2 (6,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||16-17 Higashinokuchi, Terada, Jōyō-shi, Kyōto-fu
Jōyō (城陽市? Jōyō-shi) is a city located in Kyoto Prefecture, Kansai, Japan. It is halfway between Kyoto and Nara. It contains historical sites including the Shibagahara Tomb and Mito shrine. The city was founded on May 3, 1972.
Joyo has two sister cities:
Aodani ume grove
Currently about 10,000 Ume trees are planted in this 20-hectare area, considered the largest in Kyoto Prefecture. A detailed origin of this ume grove is not known. It is known that in the beginning of the Medieval era (Kamakura age, 1185-1333 AD) a prince wrote a Tanka to praise this ume grove.