Why It's Worth It

Kyoto is a true embodiment of Old Japan awash with beautiful vestiges of its past glory. Beyond the futuristic Kyoto Station, modern shopping complexes, and sleek luxury hotels, lies a city with celebrated centuries-old wonders, breathtaking temples, serene Zen gardens, narrow cobbled alleyways, bustling markets and a vibrant nightlife. By effortlessly blending the past and present, Kyoto is poised to be an alluring destination for history buffs and art lovers, gourmands, and outdoor enthusiasts. —Nano Betts