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|Ward of Kyoto|
Togetsu Bridge in Arashiyama
Location of Ukyo in Kyoto
|• Total||291.95 km2 (112.72 sq mi)|
|Population (February 1, 2012)|
|• Density||695.45/km2 (1,801.2/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||Uzumasa Shimokeibu-chō 12, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture (京都府京都市右京区太秦下刑部町12)
The meaning of ukyō (右京) is "on the Emperor's right." When residing in the Kyoto Imperial Palace the emperor would sit facing south, thus the western direction would be to his right. Similarly, there is a ward to the east called Sakyō-ku (左京区), meaning "the ward on the Emperor's left." In old times, ukyō was referring to the western part of the capital. The area of ancient Ukyō slightly overlaps the area of present Ukyō-ku.
Ukyo-ku is home to many renowned sites, including
- Arashiyama, a hill famed for its maple leaves and the Togetsu-kyō, the Bridge to the Moon
- Ninna-ji, a Buddhist temple with a fine pagoda
- Ryōan-ji, the Zen Buddhist temple with the karesansui (dry-landscape, i.e. raked stones) garden
- Tenryū-ji,the head temple of the Tenryū branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism
- Sagano, a neighborhood with many temples, including the Nonomiya Shrine as well as Rakushi-sha, the Fallen Persimmon Hut
- Uzumasa, the location of Kōryū-ji, a temple founded before Kyoto became the Imperial capital. The neighborhood is also the home of the Toei Uzumasa Eigamura studios and the center of Japan's television and film industries.
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The karesansui garden at Ryoan-ji is one of Kyoto's most famous sights.
Rou Gate in Kōryū-ji Temple, and Randen Street-car
Hozu River and Gorge
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