Kinugasa (衣笠)

Kinugasa is:

a place-name of an area belonging to Kita Ward (Kyoto City) and Ukyo Ward of Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. A detailed description is provided on this page.

a place-name of an area belonging to Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture (the site of Kinugasa-jo Castle).

a heavy cruiser by the former Japanese Imperial Navy. See the Kinugasa (heavy cruiser) section for more details.

a family name.
For example, Teinosuke KINUGASA and Sachio KINUGASA

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Kinugasa is the place-name of an area belonging to Kita Ward (Kyoto City) and Ukyo Ward of Kyoto City Kyoto Prefecture.. The area includes Toji-in Temple and Ryoan-ji Temple and their vicinity, but Kinugasa as an address covers a smaller area. For reference, Kinugasa-mura, Kadono District was merged into Kyoto City in 1918.


Mt. Kinugasa (Kyoto Prefecture), which constitutes the border between Kita Ward and Ukyo Ward, was named Kinukake-yama (literally, a mountain covered with a white silk cloth) because, according to a traditional folklore, Emperor Uda wished to see snow even in summer and had the mountain covered with a white silk cloth. The area covering the southern foot of Mt. Kinugasa is named after this story. It is crowded with many tourists throughout the year, because of famous temples such as Rokuon-ji Temple, Ryoan-ji Temple, and Toji-in Temple, as well as education and cultural facilities such as Kyoto Prefectural Insho-Domoto Museum of Fine Art and Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa Campus.

The following have their address located in Kinugasa.


No railway is in service within the area and only regular bus services are available.

Main Roads

Kyoto City Route 181 Kyoto Loop Line - Nishioji-dori Street, Kitaoji-dori Street

Kyoto City Route 183 Kinugasa Utano Line - Kitsuji-dori Street (Kinukake no Michi Road)

Kuramaguchi-dori Street

Kagamiishi-dori Street

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