Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in October 2016.
Never been to Kyoto? Chances are your curiosity is already piqued this city in Japan.
Pretty much every leading glossy travel mag has given it a shout-out for being one of the world’s best cities for travelers.
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Last year, Travel + Leisure readers voted it world’s top city.
This month, it was voted the world’s second-best city by Conde Nast Traveler readers, topped only by Tokyo. Why all the accolades?
With a population of nearly 1.5 million, Kyoto is definitely worth visiting at least once in your life – though preferably more given it’s impossible to cram its charms into a single trip.
Japan’s historical heart, the country’s former capital (from 794 to 1869 AD) is home to thousands of architectural wonders, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But it’s also a modern city with a thriving music and arts scene and incredible restaurants.
Still not convinced? We’ve put together a gallery of some of Kyoto’s most captivating sites and scenes that might fix that.