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Where Is Kyoto?

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10 Fast Facts About Kyoto

  1. Kyoto is located in the Kansai region of the country.
  2. Its population is 1.4 million people, the seventh largest city in Japan.
  3. Kyoto has many of Japan’s national treasures, including over 2,000 temples and shrines.
  4. It was the capital city and the emperor’s residence from 794 to 1868.
  5. It is within easy traveling distance from Osaka or about three hours by super express train from Tokyo.
  6. Kyoto forms part of a large urban complex referred to as the Kinki region, which includes Osaka and Kobe as well.
  7. The local language is called Kyoto-ben (dialect), but many residents also can speak Kansai-ben.
  8. Kyoto was chosen as the capital for its safety. It is far enough inland that it is not threatened by typhoons, and is one of the least geologically active areas in Japan.
  9. Around 50 million people visit Kyoto every year.
  10. Kyoto is 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level.

"Being in Kyoto, Japan for a month gave me both the deeper cultural impact and the time I needed to fully experience it."
- 2012 Program Participant

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