Kyōtanabe (京田辺市 Kyōtanabe-shi) is a city located in the southern tip of Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.
As of January 1, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 64,513, with 25,521 households and a population density of 1,500 persons per km². The total area is 42.94 km².
Kyōtanabe was briefly the capital of Japan during the reign of Emperor Keitai. The life of the Imperial court was centered at Tsutsuki Palace where the emperor lived in 511–518.
The modern city was founded on April 1, 1997, after the town of Tanabe was reorganized into the city of Kyōtanabe. The Kyō- was added to distinguish it from the city of Tanabe, Wakayama.
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