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Kyoto city (City area)

Kyoto City

The central area of Kyoto City lies in a valley. It is surrounded by the Higashiyama, Kitayama, and Nishiyama mountain ranges, and the land dips towards southwest. In the east runs the Kamo River, the west the Katsura River, and the south the Uji River, and the area is rich in springs, wells, ponds, and other water sources. Its valley climate makes it hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Some snow collects in winter in the north, while the south has a long history of flooding, and many dam projects have been undertaken to stem the damage. The temperature difference between day and night in summer and winter can be great. It is the site of the former Imperial Palace, and is a strategic center for Kyoto Prefecture’s business, industry, and transportation. Kyoto has a vast pool of shrines, temples, and cultural facilities, and a long tradition of numerous grand festivals and traditional events. It can also be said that one special feature of Kyoto is its monthly markets, held at places such as Toji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

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