Yamashina-ku, Kyoto

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Ward of Kyoto
Oishi jinja
Oishi jinja
Location of Yamashina-ku in Kyoto
Location of Yamashina-ku in Kyoto
Yamashina is located in Japan
Location of Yamashina-ku in Japan
Coordinates: 34°58′20″N 135°48′49″E / 34.97222°N 135.81369°E / 34.97222; 135.81369Coordinates: 34°58′20″N 135°48′49″E / 34.97222°N 135.81369°E / 34.97222; 135.81369
 • Total28.7 km2 (11.1 sq mi)
Highest elevation
593 m (1,946 ft)
Lowest elevation
21 m (69 ft)
 (October 1, 2015)
 • Total135,471
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,700/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Tomb of Emperor Tenji

Yamashina (山科区, Yamashina-ku) is one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto, in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. It lies in the southeastern part of the city, and Yamashina Station is one stop away from Kyoto Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line (Biwako Line).

The area of Yamashina-ku is 28.70 km² and the population is 135,091 as of October 1, 2016.

It used to be a farming village located between Kyoto and Shiga, but Yamashina has now become a bedroom town for those commuting to urban area of Kyoto and Osaka because of its convenient location.

Historically, Yamashina was an important point for traffic connecting Kyoto and east part of Japan. In the Edo period, it flourished as a post town along the Tōkaidō road. There used to be many Kaido roads such as Nara Kaido, Shibutani Kaido, and Oiwa Kaido.


Historical population
1980 136,318—    
1990 136,070−0.2%
2000 137,624+1.1%
2010 136,045−1.1%
2015 135,471−0.4%
Source: [1]


Ohsho Food Service, the operator of Gyoza no Ohsho, is headquartered in the ward.


Sightseeing spots[edit]

Yamashina-ku is the location of the tomb of Emperor Tenji, the oldest Imperial tomb in Kyoto. The grave of Sakanoue no Tamuramaro is also here. The Lake Biwa Canal passes through the ward. Yamashina is home to the Ōishi Shrine and several noteworthy temples.

People from Yamashina[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Yamashina-ku, Kyoto at Wikimedia Commons