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The Developing Kyoto Companies Based on the High-tech Traditional Industrial Technology

Kyoto has born a number of global leading companies. It is obvious that they are strongly associated with sophisticated traditional industrial technology which Kyoto has cultivated for 1,200 years.

The specification of these industrial technologies enables middle/small sized companies to develop their favorite technological fields and thus, they can make success in the global market.

[The Pride of Kyoto: Traditional Industries]

During Kyoto’s 1,200-year history a wide range of sophisticated industrial traditions developed in the region. Today many of these traditions are world famous and continue to be very popular.

Traditional Handicrafts in Kyoto Prefecture designed by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

The 17 items (most in whole country) of traditional industries of Kyoto Prefecture is designated based on the low related to the promotion of traditional craft industry.

  • Nishijin Textile (Nishijin weaves)
  • Hand-painted Yuzen
  • Stenciled Yuzen
  • Kyo-Kanoko Shibori Tie Dying
  • Kyoto Crested Kimono
  • Kyoto Embroidery
  • Kyoto Braid
  • Ceramic Ware of Kyoto
  • Kyoto Lacquer Ware



Academic Region with Fulfilling Educational Environment, Kyoto

Because rate of the number of university and college per 100,000 people is the best in Japan, Kyoto is known as the region of students. Researchers and students are working hard in Kyoto on all kinds of projects and research.

Number of Universities and Junior Colleges in Kyoto

• Universities: 33
• Junior Colleges:15

Universities with Science Technology Departments

From these advanced educational environment, Kyoto produced many Nobel Prize-winners. So far, 22 Japanese people have won the Nobel Prize and 12 of them have something to do with Kyoto.

Winner Year of winning Field of winning Research theme
Mr. Hideki Yukawa 1949 Physics Prediction of the existence of meson

Mr. Shinichiro Tomonaga
1965 Physics Basic research in quantum electrodynamics
Mr. Reona Ezaki 1973 Physics Experimental discovery in tunnel effect of semiconductor
Mr. Kenichi Fukui 1981 Chemistry Logical research on process of chemical reaction
Mr. Susumu Tonegawa 1987 Biology and Medicine Clarification of genetic principal which generates various antibody
Mr. Yoshiharu Noyori 2001 Chemistry Research on asymmetrical reaction by chiral catalyst
Mr. Koichi Tanaka 2002 Chemistry Identification of biological macromolecule and development of conformation method
Mr. Toshihide Masukawa 2008 Physics Research about “symmetry breaking” in the elementary particle
Mr. Makoto Kobayashi 2008 Physicsy Research about “symmetry breaking” in the elementary particle
Mr. Osamu Shimomura 2008 Chemistry Research about the green fluorescence protein
Mr. Shinya Yamanaka 2012 Biology and Medicine Research into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells)
Mr. Isamu Akasaki 2014 Physics Invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs)


International Conference Venue & International Tourist Destination

Kyoto is often chosen as the ideal place for large-scale international conferences. For example, COP3, which produced the Kyoto protocol for global warming, was successfully held in Kyoto in 1997. Kyoto is also a world famous tourist destination because of its unique history and culture, it many preserved areas.

Tourist of the number of International Conference
  1 2 3 4
2012 Tokyo (500) Fukuoka (252) Kyoto (196) Yokohama (191)
2011 Tokyo (470) Fukuoka (221) Yokohama (169) Kyoto (137)
2010 Tokyo (491) Fukuoka (216) Yokohama (174) Kyoto (155)
2009 Tokyo (497) Fukuoka (206) Yokohama (179) Kyoto (164)
2008 Tokyo (480) Yokohama (184) Fukuoka (172) Kyoto (171)
2007 Tokyo (440) Kyoto (183) Yokohama (157) Fukuoka (151)

(number of conferences)


2013 77,870
2010 76,741
2009 74,078
2008 77,991
Transition of number of tourists visiting Kyoto (/1,000 people)
2007 74,620
2006 72,600
2005 70,878

*Since there was no statistical data of Kyoto city in 2011 and 2012, the number of tourists within Kyoto prefecture is unavailable.

Number of overnight stay foreign tourists (2013) (/1,000 people)
Taiwan 240
United States 165
China 108
Australia 72
Hong Kong 49
France 48
Korea 43
UK 38
Singapore 23
Thailand 20
Malaysia 13
Others 330
Total 1149