Yamashina (山科区 Yamashina-ku) is one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto, in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. It lies in the southeastern part of the city, and Yamashina Station is one stop away from Kyoto Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line (Biwako Line).
The area of Yamashina-ku is 28.78 km² and the population is 135,901 as of April 1, 2008.
Historically, Yamashina was an important point for traffic connecting Kyoto and east part of Japan. In the Edo period, it flourished as a post town of the Tōkaido road (東海道 Eastern Ocean Road). There used to be many Kaido roads such as Nara Kaido, Shibutani Kaido, and Oiwa Kaido.
Yamashina-ku is the location of the tomb of Emperor Tenji, the oldest Imperial tomb in Kyoto. The grave of Sakanoue no Tamuramaro is also here. The Lake Biwa Canal passes through the ward. Yamashina is home to the Ōishi Shrine and several noteworthy temples.
- the tomb of Emperor Tenji
- the tomb of Sakanoue no Tamuramaro
- The Lake Biwa Canal
- Oishi shrine
- Yamashina shrine
People from Yamashina
- Yoshikazu Kura(baseball player)
- Tomoko Nakajima(comedian, tsukkomi role in Othello (owarai))
- Naomi Fujiyama (actress)
- Official website (Japanese)