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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Asia Pathways 28 Nov 2023
The Kyoto Protocol was adopted at COP-3 in 1997, a watershed moment in the history of the COP meetings ... COP-11, in 2005, held in Montreal, Canada, highlighted the necessity of a post-2012 framework, acknowledging the impending expiration of the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period....

UN climate negotiations through the years up to COP28

Reuters 20 Nov 2023
1997 - At COP3 in Kyoto, Japan, parties agree to emissions cuts for developed countries, with different limits assigned to different countries. In the United States, key Senate Republicans denounce the Kyoto Protocol as "dead on arrival" ... 2009 - COP15 talks in Copenhagen nearly collapse amid wrangling over a binding post-Kyoto framework....

Football: Dramatic Osako winner keeps Kobe 2 points clear atop J1

Kyodo 12 Nov 2023
The former Japan forward headed right-back Ryo Hatsuse's cross to the far post back across goal, enabling Brazilian defender Matheus Thuler to nod the ball home with a powerful header ... Lopes, who has 21 goals this term, fed the ball to his left for Elber, who curled his first-time effort inside the far post....