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Geography of Kyoto City


Kyoto is an inland city, making up part of the eastern side of the mountainous region known as the Tamba highlands, and the northern half of the Kyoto (Yamashiro) Basin. As the largest of the municipalities, Kyoto City has an area of 827.90km2, representing 17.9% of the area of the prefecture.
The Kyoto Basin is surrounded on three sides by mountains known as Higashiyama, Kitayama and Nishiyama, all less than 1000m above sea level. The ground is highest in the north-east, with the level decreasing towards the south-west. To the east of the basin flows the Kamogawa River, to the west, the Katsuragawa, and to the south, the Ujigawa River.
The climate of the Kyoto Basin is typical of an interior basin, with large differences in temperature between summer and winter, day and night.

  Area(km2) Number of Households Population
Total Men Women
Kyoto City 827.90 666,636 1,464,990 696,486 768,504
(Current 1 April@2008)

Direction Place Name Longitude/Latitude
East End Fushimi-ku Daigo Sannokiri
(Dara Valley)
135° 53' E
West End Ukyo-ku Sagamitsuhara Kouwaki
(Saburouga-dake Mountaintop)
135° 36' E
South End Fushimi-ku Yodokizu-cho
(North bank of the Kizu River)
34° 52' N
North End Sakyo-ku Kutaueno-cho
(Mikuni-dake Mountaintop)
35° 19' N

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