Location of Kyōtango in Kyoto Prefecture
|• Mayor||Yasushi Nakayama (since May 2004)|
|• Total||501.84 km2 (193.76 sq mi)|
|Population (October 30, 2012)|
|• Density||119.88/km2 (310.5/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Fagus crenata|
|• Flower||Veronica omata|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City Hall Address||889 Sugitani, Mineyama-chō, Kyōtango-shi, Kyoto-fu
|Website||City of Kyōtango|
Kyōtango (京丹後市 Kyōtango-shi?) is a city located in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The modern city of Kyōtango was established on April 1, 2004, from the merger of the towns of Mineyama and Omiya (both from Naka District), the towns of Amino, Tango, and Yasaka (all from Takeno District), and the town of Kumihama (from Kumano District). Naka, Takeno, and Kumano Districts were dissolved as a result of the merger.
Mineyama, now part of Kyōtango, has a close connection with the Hagoromo legend. Kumihama area is well known for its many hot springs, while Amino is one of the major producers of the Tango Chirimen.
Entire area of Kyotango City is the eastern part of San'in Kaigan Geopark.
Located on the coast of the Sea of Japan on the western side of the Tango Peninsula in the northwestern corner of the prefecture, the new city has its city hall in the former town hall of Mineyama.
The 1927 Kita Tango earthquake caused major damage in the region and killed around 3,000 people.
Kyōtango was home to Jiroemon Kimura who was born in the city in 1897. He was the world's oldest living man since April 2011, the oldest living person in Japan since December 2011 and as of 17 December 2012, was the world's oldest verified living person. Kimura lived in Kyōtango his entire life and was said to have recollections of the 1927 earthquake. He spoke of his memories of surviving the earthquake on his 114th birthday. On 28 December 2012, Kimura became the oldest verified man in history, but he died on June 12, 2013.
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force maintain a facility in the city (the Kyogamisaki Sub-Base), part of the Basic Air Defense Ground Environment. A USFJ missile monitoring station is currently planned to be established nearby.
Media related to Kyōtango at Wikimedia Commons
- Kyōtango City official website (Japanese)
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