Seika-chō (精華町) is a town located in Sōraku District, Kyoto, Japan. As of March 1, 2013, the town has a population of 36,983. The total area is 25.66 km². Seika, although largely agriculturally based, has in recent years become the center of a national project of the Kansai Science City and has been referred to as the "New Culture Capital" of Japan. Seika is located at the southern tip of Kyoto Prefecture, bordered by the Kizu River to the east and the Keihanna Hills to the West. Archaeological records indicate that people have inhabited modern-day Seika since at least the Yayoi period. Seika is home to Inayazuma Castle, where part of the Yamashiro Riots of 1485 took place. The area around Seika has historically been considered a cultural corridor between the two ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara. Several notable temples and shrines are located in Seika. These include Hosono Shrine, where the Igomori Festival takes place, and Raiko-ji Temple, where the protagonists of Chikamatsu Monzaemon's play Love Suicides on the Eve of the Koshin Festival are buried.