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Greater Kyoto is a metropolitan area in Japan encompassing Kyoto, the capital of Kyoto Prefecture, as well as its surrounding areas including Ōtsu, the capital of Shiga Prefecture.[4][5]

Kyoto metropolitan area

Kyoto MEA
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Kyoto Tower and Downtown Kyoto
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Biwako Hall in Ōtsu
Kyoto metropolitan area is located in Japan
Kyoto metropolitan area
Kyoto metropolitan area
Coordinates: 35°0′N 135°46′E / 35.000°N 135.767°E / 35.000; 135.767Coordinates: 35°0′N 135°46′E / 35.000°N 135.767°E / 35.000; 135.767
Country Japan
Core cityFlag of Kyoto City.svgKyoto
 • Total2,835.93 km2 (1,094.96 sq mi)
 • Inhabitable area776.77 km2 (299.91 sq mi)
 • Total2,801,044
 • Rank4th in Japan
 • Density990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
 • Inhabitable area density3,600/km2 (9,300/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)[1]$90.6 billion[3] (2010)
GDP per capita$33,827
GDP (nominal)[1]$115.3 billion[3] (2010)
GDP per capita$43,021

The metropolitan area is also referred to as Keiji (京滋) or Keishin (京津). The name Keiji is constructed by extracting a representative kanji from Kyoto (京都) and Shiga (滋賀). The name Keishin is constructed by extracting a representative kanji from Kyoto (京都) and Ōtsu (大津).



Light blue represents the Kyoto metropolitan area defined by Kyōto Toshiken Jichitai Network, blue represents Kyoto MEA, and dark blue represents the city of Kyoto.

Urban Employment AreaEdit

1980 2,361,205—    
1990 2,485,352+5.3%
1995 2,539,639+2.2%
2000 2,583,304+1.7%
2005 2,560,850−0.9%
2010 2,679,049+4.6%
2015 2,801,044+4.6%
Source: [2]

The greater Kyoto area is defined by Urban Employment Area as Kyoto Metropolitan Employment Area (Kyoto MEA). The metropolitan area had a total population of 2,801,044 as of 2015 and is the fourth-largest in Japan. The cities and towns of the metropolitan area with their 2015 populations are listed below.

Municipalities networkEdit

A wider metropolitan area based on commuting patterns is also defined by Kyōto Toshiken Jichitai Nettowāku Kaigi (京都都市圏自治体ネットワーク会議, Conference of Kyoto metropolitan area municipalities network) as the Kyoto metropolitan area. This area consists of 14 cities and towns of Shiga Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, and Osaka Prefecture, in addition to Kyoto MEA. The total population as of 2015 for the region was estimated at 3,789,750. The following areas, along with the above Kyoto MEA, are included in the Kyoto metropolitan area, with their 2015 populations:[6]


Higher EducationEdit

48 universities and colleges in the area participate in the Consortium of Universities in Kyoto [Wikidata].[7]





Kyōto Station is a hub of the rail network in the area.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Kanemoto, Yoshitsugu. "Metropolitan Employment Area (MEA) Data". Center for Spatial Information Science, the University of Tokyo. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Kanemoto, Yoshitsugu. "Urban Employment Area (MEA) Code Table". Center for Spatial Information Science, the University of Tokyo. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  3. ^ a b 10.12 trillion Japanese yen
  4. ^ "京都市の観光行政を戦略部長に聞いてきた、「量より質」への転換で解決すべき5つの課題" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  5. ^ "Kitayama Area & Greater Kyoto". Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  6. ^ "京都都市圏の範囲及び取組" (in Japanese). 京都都市圏自治体ネットワーク. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Leaflet" (PDF). The Consortium of Universities in Kyoto. 2013. Retrieved 2018-06-02.

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