Nishikyō-ku, Kyoto

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Ward of Kyoto
Katsura Imperial Villa
Katsura Imperial Villa
Location of Nishikyō-ku in Kyoto
Location of Nishikyō-ku in Kyoto
Nishikyō is located in Japan
Location of Nishikyō-ku in Japan
Coordinates: 34°59′6″N 135°41′36″E / 34.98500°N 135.69333°E / 34.98500; 135.69333Coordinates: 34°59′6″N 135°41′36″E / 34.98500°N 135.69333°E / 34.98500; 135.69333
Founded 1976
 • Total 59.24 km2 (22.87 sq mi)
Highest elevation 678 m (2,224 ft)
Lowest elevation 18 m (59 ft)
Population (October 1, 2015)
 • Total 150,962
 • Estimate (2016) 150,477
 • Density 2,500/km2 (6,600/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Nishikyō-ku (西京区) is one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto, in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Its name means "west capital ward" and it is situated on the western edge of the city, to the south of center. The ward was established on October 1, 1976, after it was separated from Ukyō-ku. The Katsura River is the border between Nishikyo-ku and Ukyo-ku.

Katsura Imperial Villa, on that river, is one of the most widely known features of Nishikyo-ku. Saihō-ji, the Moss Temple, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the ward.

Matsunoo-taisha, a Shinto shrine, is also located in Nishikyō-ku.

As of October 1, 2016 the ward has an area of 59.24 km² and a population of 150,477.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1980 109,325 —    
1990 142,677 +30.5%
2000 155,928 +9.3%
2010 152,974 −1.9%
2015 150,962 −1.3%
Source: [1]


International Research Center for Japanese Studies

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