Location of Kōryō in Nara Prefecture
Location in Japan
|Coordinates: 34°33′N 135°45′E / 34.550°N 135.750°ECoordinates: 34°33′N 135°45′E / 34.550°N 135.750°E|
|• Total||16.34 km2 (6.31 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,100/km2 (5,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
Kōryō (広陵町 Kōryō-chō) is a town located in Kitakatsuragi District, Nara Prefecture, Japan. It served as Japan's temporary capital from 640-642 AD, the Kudara Palace. Kudara is a reference to the Korean kingdom of Baekje and "Koryo" is a reference to Korea. However, the kanji making up the town's name literally translate to 'many tombs', as the town has one of the highest concentrations of kofun in Japan.
Koryo has two distinct districts, Mamigaoka and Kasa. Mamigaoka is a relatively new neighborhood that houses many shops and restaurants. It is much more affluent than Kasa, which is sometimes referred to as 'Old Town'. Kasa is primarily agricultural, though it also has a strong sock-making industry. Koryo produces 40% of Japan's socks.