Kyoto Quick Facts
Kyoto is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture and this city was the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years. This city is situated in the Kansai region.
In Japanese, this city was previously called “Kyo” or “Kyo no Miyako”. However, the city was renamed “Kyoto” during the 11th century.
Kyoto is home to more than 1,000 Buddhist temples. This city is also well-known as the mother of all shrines in Japan. Some of the famous temples and shrines are the Fushimi-Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Kinkakuji temple and Kifune Shrine and Tenryu-Ji temple, to name a few.
In 2019, this city had a population of around 1,463,444 people in a total area of approximately 827.83 km2 (319.63 sq mi).
This is a perfect destination to gain an insightful view into the culture of Japan since there are 17 world heritage properties in Kyoto.
Kyoto is also very famous for its amazing festivals. Three major festivals of this city are the Aoi-matsuri Festival, the Gion-matsuri Festival & the Jidai-Matsuri Festival.