Yamashiro Province

Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Yamashiro Province highlighted

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Kyoto is in the former Yamashiro Province.


View of Yamashiro Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1853

In 794, the capital of Japan was in Yamashiro. It remained in the province until the Imperial court moved to Tokyo in the 1870s.

During the Muromachi Period, the administrative seat of the Ashikaga Shogunate was in this province.

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. Maps of Japan and Yamashiro Province were reformed in the 1870s.[2]

Shrines and Temples

The Kamo Shrines were the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) of Yamashiro. These are the Kamigamo Shrine and the Shimogamo Shrine.[3]

Related pages


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Yamashiro" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 1045.
  2. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  3. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1; retrieved 2012-1-18.

Other websites

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