Capital of Japan for a Millenium
|Synoptic view of the topography of Kyoto. The edict decreeing the transfer of the capital to Kyoto issued in 794 stated that this location “is guarded by mountains and rivers just like collars and sashes”. Digital Geomorphological Data (DEM) are supplied by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, and satellite image is of LANDSAT taken on October 15, 2001.|
Satellte image of Kyoto. SPOT 7 (2016/05/01) true color image (©Airbus DS 2016). The grid plan of the ancient capital, Heian-kyo, is overlaid.
Map of Kansai district of Japan showing the geographical context of Kyoto
Data Source: digital elevation data and digital land use data provided by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan
Processed and visualized by Noboru Ogata.