Kameoka, Kyoto

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Kameoka

亀岡市
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
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Official seal of Kameoka
Chapter
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
CountryJapan
RegionKansai
PrefectureKyoto Prefecture
Government
 • MayorTakahiro Katsuragawa
Area
 • Total224.80 km2 (86.80 sq mi)
Population
(October 1, 2015)
 • Total89,479
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreeSakura
 • FlowerAzalea
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address8 Yasumachi Nonogami, Kameoka-shi, Kyōto-fu
621-8501
Websitewww.city.kameoka.kyoto.jp

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

As of October 1, 2015, the city has an estimated population of 89,479, with 33,915 households and a population density of 398 persons per km². The total area is 224.80 km².

Kameoka City Hall
Anaoji in Kameoka

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 suburbs of Metro Kyoto.[1]

Kameoka is notable as the launch point for Hozugawa Kudari, a boat ride down the Hozu River.[2] 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.[3]

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 Tanba province.

source:歴史 [History]. 国営亀岡農地再編整備事業 (in Japanese). Kinki Regional Agricultural Administration Office.

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Notable people from Kameoka[edit]

Lords of Kameoka[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Kameoka has agreements of friendship and co-operation with:[6]

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