Higashiyama-ku (Kyoto)

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Ukyō-ku Nishikyō-ku Sakyō-ku Kita-ku Kamigyō-ku Nakagyō-ku Shimogyō-ku Higashiyama-ku Minami-ku Fushimi-ku Yamashina-ku Yamashina-kuKyoto Boroughs
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Coordinates 34 ° 59 '49 "  N , 135 ° 46' 35"  E Coordinates: 34 ° 59 '49 "  N , 135 ° 46' 35"  E
surface 7.46 km²
Residents 36,957 (Oct 1, 2019)
Population density 4954 inhabitants / km²
Start-up Apr 1, 1929
Community key 26105-0

Administration address
5-130-6, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto 605-8511

Higashiyama-ku ( Japanese 東山 区 , German "eastern mountain district") is one of eleven districts ( ku ) of Kyoto , Japan .


It was established on April 1, 1929, when it was separated from Shimogyō-ku . In 1931 the previously independent town of Yamashina was incorporated into Kyoto and temporarily a part of Higashiyama until it was raised to a separate Yamashina-ku district in 1976 .


The Shirakawa Canal in the Gion district with the backs of some teahouses

Higashiyama lies between the Kamo River and the Higashiyama Mountain Range and is roughly bounded by Sanjō Street in the north and Jūjō Street in the south. The area is outside the historic center of Kyoto. In the west it consists mainly of residential areas, in the east of forest, in the north, between Kamo and Higashi-Oji Street, there is a business district and in the south there is an industrial area.

Due to many urban restrictions that make development difficult, the population of the district is constantly falling. Higashiyama has the smallest population of any district in Kyoto and a disproportionately high number of elderly residents.


Many places that were crucial for the Japanese Higashiyama culture of the 15th century are in this district or in Sakyō-ku . The Gion entertainment district around the cobbled streets of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka, which lead to the Kiyomizu-dera World Heritage Site , is under special protection in order to preserve the traditional architecture of the buildings. Other temples and shrines in the district are the Tōfuku-ji , the Kennin-ji , the Kōdai-ji , the Imakumano Kannon-ji and the Sanjūsangen-dō . The Kyoto National Museum is also in Higashiyama-ku.

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