Kamigyō-ku, Kyoto

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Ward of Kyoto
Kyoto-gosho Shishinden zenkei-2.JPG
Demachi Shoutenkai Tamako Market Corner.JPG
Top: The Shishinden is a majestic building in the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Bottom: An Exchange Corner at a kiosk in Demachi Shoutenkai featuring characters from Tamako Market.
Location of Kamigyō-ku in Kyoto
Location of Kamigyō-ku in Kyoto
Kamigyō is located in Japan
Location of Kamigyō-ku in Japan
Coordinates: 35°1′47″N 135°45′24″E / 35.02972°N 135.75667°E / 35.02972; 135.75667Coordinates: 35°1′47″N 135°45′24″E / 35.02972°N 135.75667°E / 35.02972; 135.75667
 • Total7.03 km2 (2.71 sq mi)
Highest elevation
77 m (253 ft)
Lowest elevation
46 m (151 ft)
 (October 1, 2020)
 • Total83,832
 • Density12,000/km2 (31,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)

Kamigyō-ku (上京区) is one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto, in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Located in the center of the present-day city of Kyoto, Japan it previously occupied the northern region of the ancient capital of Kyoto. The Kamo River flows on the eastern border of the ward. The area was previously a district of residences for the royalty and upper classes in the old capital.

The ward is home to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Kitano Tenmangu Shinto shrine, the Seimei shrine, nishijin-ori textiles, and the headquarters of the Omotesenke and Urasenke schools of Japanese tea ceremony.

As of 2020, Kamigyō-ku had a population of 83,832 people.

The Masugata Shōtengai Shopping District, is the setting of the 2013 anime series, Tamako Market, produced by Kyoto Animation.


Historical population
1960 148,427—    
1970 124,456−16.2%
1980 99,262−20.2%
1990 87,861−11.5%
2000 84,187−4.2%
2010 83,264−1.1%
2020 83,832+0.7%
Source: [1]


The Lycée Français de Kyoto, the French international school in Kansai, was in this ward.[1]

Kyoto International School is also in this ward.[2]


  1. ^ "Accès et contact Archived 2015-04-26 at archive.today." Lycée Français de Kyoto. Retrieved on 26 April 2015. "536-1 WARAYA-CHO MARUTAMACHI DORI KUROMON HIGASHI IRU KAMIGYO-KU 602-8144 KYOTO, JAPON"
  2. ^ "Find Us Archived 2015-12-20 at the Wayback Machine." Kyoto International School. Retrieved on August 17, 2015. "317 Kitatawara-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 602-8247"

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