Kyoto (京都 Kyōto lit. "Capital City") is a major city in Japan's Kansai region. Modern day Kyoto forms a continuous metropolitan area with Osaka and Kobe. Kyoto was Japan's capital city, hence its name, up until the Meiji Restoration of 1868. During this year, the seat of the newly reformed Imperial government was moved to Edo, which was renamed Tokyo, or the "Eastern capital." Due to its historical significance, Kyoto is the main setting for the historical spin-off games Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan! and Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!.


Kyoto's representation in the Yakuza series focusses on the beginning and end of Japan's Edo period, so called because the Imperial government was in exile in Edo, now called Tokyo. In particular, it is the setting for fictional biopic games of Miyamoto Musashi and Sakamoto Ryōma, heroic real-life figures of the beginning and end of the Edo period respectively. In these two games, both men's likenesses are based on that of Yakuza series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu; Musashi even adopts the alias Kiryu Kazumanosuke.[1]

Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan!Edit

Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan! is mainly set in two Kyoto districts: Gion and Rakugai.

Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin!Edit

In contrast to Yakuza 5, which had five cities with one main district each, Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! concentrates all of its various districts in one city, that being Kyoto. Once unlocked in the main story, a total of five districts can be travelled between on foot in adventure mode. Two more, Mukurogai and the district on Kyoto's outskirts where Haruka's Homestead is situated, can be visited by boat from Fushimi. In fact, Mukurogai actually has a land connection to the Rakugai district, but its entrance is blocked by a gate for almost all of Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!, save the chase sequence in one substory.

Notable LocationsEdit

The following two districts appear in both Kenzan! and Ishin!, albeit in different forms.

Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan!Edit

Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin!Edit



  1. The given and family names of these two characters are swapped because of Japanese naming conventions in English: the family name comes last for living or recently deceased Japanese people, whilst historical figures have the family name first, as is the convention in Japanese.
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