Ukyō-ku, Kyoto

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Ukyo
右京区
Ward of Kyoto
Togetsu Bridge in Arashiyama
Togetsu Bridge in Arashiyama
Location of Ukyo in Kyoto
Location of Ukyo in Kyoto
Ukyo is located in Japan
Ukyo
Ukyo
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°00′36″N 135°42′58″E / 35.01000°N 135.71611°E / 35.01000; 135.71611Coordinates: 35°00′36″N 135°42′58″E / 35.01000°N 135.71611°E / 35.01000; 135.71611
Country Japan
Region Kinki (Kansai)
Prefecture Kyoto
Area
 • Total 291.95 km2 (112.72 sq mi)
Population (February 1, 2012)
 • Total 203,037
 • 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)
616-8511
Website www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/ukyo/

Ukyō-ku (右京区?) is one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto, in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.

History[edit]

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.

On April 1, 2005, the ward expanded its territory to the area of former town of Keihoku when the town merged into the city of Kyoto. This increased the ward's territory from 74.27 km² to 291.95 km².

As of February 1, 2012, the ward has an estimated population of 203,037, with 91,707 households and a density of 695.45 persons per km².

Sights[edit]

Ukyo-ku is home to many renowned sites, including

Economy[edit]

Nissin Electric, a global electrical equipment company[1] and the multinational Dynic Corporation are headquartered in the ward.[2]

Education[edit]

The ward has a North Korean school: Kyoto Korean No. 2 Elementary School (京都朝鮮第二初級学校).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company Outline." Nissin Electric. Retrieved on January 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "Company Profile." Dynic Corporation. Retrieved on March 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "ウリハッキョ一覧" (Archive). Chongryon. Retrieved on October 14, 2015.

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