The Name Change to Kyoto It happened during the year 1899, on the first day of April. Years before that, in 1864, about 28,000 properties and homes were destroyed by fire during the Hamaguri rebellion.
Why was Kyoto renamed to Tokyo?
Kyotos isolationist policies led to less western influence compared to that of Edo during the early 19th century. The oligarchs wanted to move the capital to Edo so that they could have ultimate power over the trade and access to the west. They changed the name of Edo to Tokyo, which means “eastern capital”.