Kyoto Prefecture

Overview of Kyoto Prefecture


Population: 2,589,961(as of April, 2018)
Area: 4612.20km²

Kyoto Prefecture is a thin, vertically elongated shape of land, located south of Fukui Prefecture and the Sea of Japan, north of Osaka and Nara Prefectures, west of Mie and Shiga Prefectures, and east of Hyogo Prefecture. At its center lies the Tamba mountainous region, separating the climate into two: the seaside climate and the inland climate.

The coastlines of the Tango and Chutan area are varying ria coasts, and are home to abundant scenic spots and natural harbors.

For over a millennium, Kyoto Prefecture flourished as the center of Japan, and at the center of its capital, Kyoto City, it is possible to appreciate the many valuable cultural buildings and structures. Moreover, Kyoto’s appeal is not limited to its traditional culture: in addition to being famous for its many traditional crafts, it is also well-known for its traditional vegetables.

The northern region of Kyoto Prefecture boasts rich, natural landscapes with many scenic sights, including Miyazu City’s “Bridge to Heaven,” which is thought to be one of the Three Views of Japan, as well as the Sanin Kaigan National Park, a member of the Global Geoparks Network.


Environmental initiatives

In order to realize a “Self-Sufficiently Powered Kyoto,” Kyoto Prefecture is actively implementing measures to conserve energy and electricity. Kicking off with initiatives to generate energy using solar power at the prefectural facilities, the efforts include the dissemination and expansion of renewable energy use, as well as the adoption of systems that manage energy demand, namely the Building Energy Management System (BEMS) and the Home Energy Management System (HEMS). Furthermore, by managing the Kyoto Protocol’s emissions trading scheme, the prefecture supports the reduction of CO2 emissions by encouraging corporations with high emissions to buy credit from small- and medium-sized enterprises.

In 2010, as the birthplace of the Kyoto Protocol, Kyoto Prefecture established the Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto, an annual event held in February that recognizes people from all over the world that have contributed greatly to saving the global environment.

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