Nakagyo Ward (中京区)

Nakagyo Ward is one of the eleven wards that constitute Kyoto City. As more people returned to the urban areas of Kyoto City in recent years, the estimated population of Nakagyo Ward, according to the national census taken in 2005, exceeded 100,000 for the first time in twenty years (since 1985). The Meirin school and Honno school districts in the south of Nakagyo Ward, in particular, have seen rapid population growth. These districts have attracted attention as a leading educational district in Kyoto City, suitable for raising children.

Nakagyo Ward (中京区) is often mispronounced by people other than local residents as 'Chukyo' as in the 'Chukyo area' (中京圏), which includes Aichi Prefecture; it is also often misspelled as 'Chuo Ward' (中央区).


Rivers: Kamo-gawa River (Yodo-gawa River System), Hori-kawa River, Takase-gawa River and Nishi-takase-gawa River


April 1, 1929: With the expansion of districts in Kyoto City, Nakagyo Ward was formed from the south part of the former Kamigyo Ward and the north part of the former Shimogyo Ward.

Politics and government

The areas to the south of the Marutamachi-dori Street and to the north of the Shijo-dori Street were each separated from the former Kamigyo Ward and the former Shimogyo Ward (which includes towns along the Shijo-dori Street) to create Nakagyo Ward. The name of the town on the boards in the Ebisugawa-dori Street uses the old address 'Kamigyo Ward' ('Ward' being written in the old form of a Chinese character).


Main industries

Kyo-Yuzen (dyeing technique)


Lumbering industry


Karasuma Line of the Kyoto Municipal Subway

(from/to Kokusai Kaikan Station) Marutamachi Station, Karasuma Miike Station (from/to Takeda Station)

Tozai Line of the Kyoto Municipal Subway

(from/to Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station) Nishioji Oike Station, Nijo Station, Nijojo-mae Station, Karasuma Miike Station, Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station (from/to Rokujizo Station)

Sanin Main Line of West Japan Railway Company (JR West)

(from/to Kyoto Station) Nijo Station, Enmachi Station (from/to Kameoka Station)

Hankyu Kyoto Main Line of the Hankyu Corporation

Omiya Station (Kyoto Prefecture) (between Juso and Kawaramachi Stations)

Arashiyama Main Line of Keifuku Electric Railroad Co., Ltd.

(from/to Shijo-Omiya Station) Saiin Station, Nishioji Sanjo Station (from/to Arashiyama Station)


Main streets in the ward

Marutamachi-dori Street, Miike-dori Street and Shijo-dori Street

Nishikoji-dori Street, Nishioji-dori Street, Senbon-dori Street, Omiya-dori Street, Horikawa-dori Street, Karasuma-dori Street and Kawaramachi-dori Street

National route

National route running in the ward: National Route 367 (Karasuma-dori Street)

Scenic sites and historic sites

Nijo-jo Castle

Mibu-dera Temple

Honno-ji Temple

Mikane-jinja Shrine


Aoi Matsuri Festival, Gion Matsuri Festival and Jidai Matsuri Festival (Festival of the Ages)


The post office in charge of collection and delivery in Nakagyo Ward is as follows:

Nakagyo Post Office (ZIP code: 604-xxxx)

[Original Japanese]