Yamashina-ku, Kyoto

Ward of Kyoto

Oishi jinja

Location of Yamashina-ku in Kyoto

Location of Yamashina-ku in Japan

Coordinates: 34°58′20″N 135°48′49″E / 34.97222°N 135.81369°E / 34.97222; 135.81369Coordinates: 34°58′20″N 135°48′49″E / 34.97222°N 135.81369°E / 34.97222; 135.81369
Founded 1976
  Total 28.7 km2 (11.1 sq mi)
Highest elevation 593 m (1,946 ft)
Lowest elevation 21 m (69 ft)
Population (October 1, 2015)
  Total 135,471
  Estimate (2016) 135,091
  Density 4,700/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/yamashina/
Tomb of Emperor Tenji

Yamashina (山科区 Yamashina-ku) is one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto, in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. It lies in the southeastern part of the city, and Yamashina Station is one stop away from Kyoto Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line (Biwako Line).

The area of Yamashina-ku is 28.70 km² and the population is 135,091 as of October 1, 2016.

It used to be a farming village located between Kyoto and Shiga, but Yamashina has now become a bedroom town for those commuting to urban area of Kyoto and Osaka because of its convenient location.

Historically, Yamashina was an important point for traffic connecting Kyoto and east part of Japan. In the Edo period, it flourished as a post town of the Tōkaido road (東海道 Eastern Ocean Road). There used to be many Kaido roads such as Nara Kaido, Shibutani Kaido, and Oiwa Kaido.


Historical population
1980 136,318    
1990 136,070−0.2%
2000 137,624+1.1%
2010 136,045−1.1%
2015 135,471−0.4%


Ohsho Food Service, the operator of Gyoza no Ohsho, is headquartered in the ward.


sightseeing spots

Yamashina-ku is the location of the tomb of Emperor Tenji, the oldest Imperial tomb in Kyoto. The grave of Sakanoue no Tamuramaro is also here. The Lake Biwa Canal passes through the ward. Yamashina is home to the Ōishi Shrine and several noteworthy temples.

People from Yamashina

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