Kyōtango

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Kyōtango
京丹後市
City
Flag of Kyōtango
Flag
Official seal of Kyōtango
Emblem
Location of Kyōtango in Kyoto Prefecture
Location of Kyōtango in Kyoto Prefecture
Kyōtango is located in Japan
Kyōtango
Kyōtango
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°37′N 135°8′E / 35.617°N 135.133°E / 35.617; 135.133Coordinates: 35°37′N 135°8′E / 35.617°N 135.133°E / 35.617; 135.133
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Kyoto Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Masanao Misaki (since May 2016)
Area
 • Total 501.43 km2 (193.60 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2018)
 • Total 52,725
 • Density 105/km2 (270/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Fagus crenata
 • Flower Veronica omata
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 889 Sugitani, Mineyama-chō, Kyōtango-shi, Kyoto-fu
627-8567
Website www.city.kyotango.lg.jp

Kyōtango (京丹後市, Kyōtango-shi) is a city located in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The modern city of Kyōtango was established on April 1, 2004, from the merger of the towns of Mineyama and Omiya (both from the Naka District), the towns of Amino, Tango, and Yasaka (all from the Takeno District), and the town of Kumihama (from the Kumano District). The Naka, Takeno, and Kumano Districts were dissolved as a result of the merger.

Mineyama, now part of Kyōtango, has a close connection with the Hagoromo legend. The Kumihama area is well known for its many hot springs, while Amino is one of the major producers of Tango Chirimen.

The entire area of Kyōtango is in the eastern part of the San'in Kaigan Geopark.

Geography[edit]

Shotenkyo Beach in Kumihama, Kyōtango, Kyoto Prefecture

Located on the coast of the Sea of Japan on the western side of the Tango Peninsula in the northwestern corner of the prefecture, the new city has its city hall in the former town hall of Mineyama.

Demographics[edit]

As of April 1, 2018, the city has an estimated population of 52,725[1] and a population density of 105 persons per km². The total area is 501.43 km².

History[edit]

The 1927 Kita Tango earthquake devastated the Mineyama area, present day of part of Kyotango

The 1927 Kita Tango earthquake caused major damage in the region and killed around 3,000 people.

Notable people[edit]

Kyōtango was home to Jiroemon Kimura who was born in the city in 1897. He was the world's oldest living man since April 2011, the oldest living person in Japan since December 2011 and as of December 17, 2012, was the world's oldest verified living person.[2] Kimura lived in Kyōtango his entire life and was said to have recollections of the 1927 earthquake. He spoke of his memories of surviving the earthquake on his 114th birthday.[3] On December 28, 2012, Kimura became the oldest verified man in history, but he died on June 12, 2013.[4]


Other people who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Kyōtango include:

Education[edit]

Due to Japan’s declining birthrate, the number of children is decreasing, and many schools in Kyōtango have been merged or closed. When Kyōtango was established in 2004, there were thirty-one elementary schools in the city, but as of February 2018 that number had decreased to nineteen.

Senior high schools[edit]

Prefectural

  • Mineyama High School
  • Mineyama High School, Yasaka Branch School
  • Amino High School
  • Amino High School, Taiza Branch School
  • Kumihama High School

Junior high schools[edit]

Municipal

  • Mineyama Junior High School
  • Omiya Junior High School
  • Amino Junior High School
  • Tango Junior High School
  • Yasaka Junior High School
  • Kumihama Junior High School

Elementary schools[edit]

Municipal

  • Mineyama Elementary School
  • Isanago Elementary School
  • Shinzan Elementary School
  • Tanba Elementary School
  • Nagaoka Elementary School
  • Omiya Dai'ichi Elementary School
  • Omiya Minami Elementary School
  • Shimazu Elementary School
  • Tachibana Elementary School
  • Amino Kita Elementary School
  • Amino Minami Elementary School
  • Toyosaka Elementary School
  • Taiza Elementary School
  • Ukawa Elementary School
  • Yoshino Elementary School
  • Yasaka Elementary School
  • Kumihama Elementary School
  • Kōryū Elementary School
  • Kabutoyama Elementary School

Kindergartens[edit]

  • Mineyama Kindergarten
  • Amino Kindergarten
  • Tango Kindergarten

Driving schools[edit]

  • Kyoto Prefectural Mineyama Driving School
  • Amino Driving School

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Military Base[edit]

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force maintains a facility in the city (the Kyogamisaki Sub-Base), part of the Basic Air Defense Ground Environment. The Kyogamisaki Communications Site, a USFJ missile monitoring station, is located nearby.

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