Kyoto (京都市 Kyōto-shi, pronounced [kʲjoːꜜto.ɕi]; UK /kɪˈt/, US /kiˈ-/, or /ˈkj-/) is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Kyoto is also known as the thousand-year capital.


In Japanese, the city has been called Kyō (), Miyako (), or Kyō no Miyako (京の都). In the 11th century, the city was renamed Kyoto ("capital city"), after the Chinese word for capital city, jingdu (京都). After the city of Edo was renamed Tokyo (meaning "Eastern Capital") in 1868, and the seat of the Emperor was transferred there, Kyoto was known for a short time as Saikyō (西京, meaning "Western Capital").

Obsolete spellings for the city's name include Kioto and Meaco. Another term commonly used to refer to the city in the pre-modern period was Keishi (京師), meaning "metropolis" or "capital".

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Travel satisfaction levels regarding Japan sharply decline

Korea Times 07 Nov 2019
Jeju Air's baggage drop-off counter for Japan stands empty at Incheon International Airport, Aug. 4. / Yonhap. By Kang Seung-woo ... Nagoya came in fourth after jumping three notches, but six others ― Sapporo, Okinawa, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Osaka and Tokyo ― fell by at least eight places, with Osaka posting the largest drop of 18 places ... ....

Aman Kyoto - Take a look inside this Serene and ultra luxurious resort in the heart of Japan

Yahoo Daily News 02 Nov 2019
- Aman is opening its third property in Japan – A gorgeous resort in Kyoto which is set to open in November ... Aman Kyoto has six guest pavilions featuring 26 rooms in all ... Aman Kyoto ... The post “ Aman Kyoto - Take a look inside this Serene and ultra luxurious resort in the heart of Japan“, originally appeared on

Promo tactic by Kyoto using comedy duo falls flat with experts

Asahi News 29 Oct 2019
In what has become a tale of the 1 million yen ($9,176) tweets, the Kyoto city government paid a talent agency to have a comedy duo promote an art festival and other measures on Twitter ... the posts did not say that the city was the advertiser. The promotional tweets were part of a contract that Kyoto city signed with Yoshimoto Kogyo Co....

Kyoto pays 1 mil. yen to comedians for unmarked promotional tweets

Kyodo 28 Oct 2019
The city of Kyoto signed a contract to pay 1 million yen ($9,200) to a comedy duo to promote the city on Twitter, local officials revealed Monday, but the city is coming under fire after the pair posted messages without marking them as being promotional ... Their twitter posts ......

Japan 2019: Watching the Rugby World Cup and getting a tattoo

CNN 21 Oct 2019
And it got even smaller when, after attending early Rugby World Cup group-stage matches near Tokyo and Nagoya, we opted for a couple of "days off" in Kyoto ... But I also wouldn't say we saw Kyoto ... View this post on Instagram ... A post shared by Jarrett Bellini (@jarrettbellini) on Sep 25, 2019 at 5.11am PDT ... View this post on Instagram....

Naomi Osaka gives up US citizenship to compete for Japan in Olympics

Yahoo Daily News 10 Oct 2019
Tennis phemon Naomi Osaka will give up her U.S. citizenship to compete for Japan at her Olympic debut in Tokyo ... (MORE. Osaka makes history of her own in US Open win over Serena). "It's definitely going to be very special ... View this post on Instagram. Kyoto. A post shared by 大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) on Sep 23, 2019 at 4.39am PDT. (MORE ... ....

Ukiyoe Small Museum: “Open When I Wake Up and Close When I Must Go to Sleep”

Web Urbanist 08 Oct 2019
Located in Kyoto, Japan, the Ukiyoe Small Museum has extremely flexible hours, at least for its owner/operator, artist Ichimura Mamoru, whose sign explains ... #kyoto #ukiyoe #japan #travelgram #?? #ukiyoesmallmuseum. A post shared by Rachel (@doofvader) on May 29, 2018 at 9.41pm PDT ... A post shared by Philip Hu (@philipkchu) on Jul 3, 2016 at 3.32pm PDT....

For some, rugby isn't just a game. It's an obsession: a fan's experience at the ...

CNN 07 Oct 2019
View this post on Instagram ... A post shared by Jarrett Bellini (@jarrettbellini) on Sep 22, 2019 at 2.39am PDT ... View this post on Instagram. It's tattoo day for us in #Kyoto and @nate_sl8er goes first with @kyoi_kitsuneya for a tebori-style design. A post shared by Jarrett Bellini (@jarrettbellini) on Sep 24, 2019 at 8.40pm PDT....


Asahi News 03 Oct 2019
pretending to be friends summer raindrops. --Eva Limbach (Saarbrucken, Germany). * * *. raindrops running down. the trunks where we carved our names. school reunion. --Mike Gallagher (Ireland). * * *. school friends’ reunion. the missing long plaits. of the girls. --Minal Sarosh (Ahmedabad, India). * * *. in the morning light ... at our post office. Kyoto’s ajisai ... ....

Heritage Month: How countries around the world celebrate their heritage

Independent online (SA) 23 Sep 2019
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Kyoto: Mid-career geiko help preserve traditional entertainment

The Japan News 17 Sep 2019
Jikata performer Danmitsu, center, appears at the Miyako Odori dance festival, playing shamisen on the side of the stage in Kyoto ... The Kyoto traditional art foundation also posted an interview with Danmitsu on its website this spring, emphasizing that they open opportunities to people working in other fields and wanting to become jikata performers....

Nintendo teases new circular Switch controller

Sify 07 Sep 2019
Kyoto [Japan]. Nintendo has posted a video on its official YouTube channel, teasing a new Switch controller ... ....

PICS: Anele Mdoda visits Mauritius and Tokyo

Independent online (SA) 27 Aug 2019
Posting on her Instagram page, Mdoda posted pictures of her son Alakhe enjoying an ice cream, their boat trip and having fun in the sun. View this post on Instagram ... A post shared by zintathu (@zintathu) on Aug 17, 2019 at 3.42am PDT. View this post on Instagram. A post shared by zintathu (@zintathu) on Aug 17, 2019 at 2.45am PDT....