23 pictures that show why travellers voted Kyoto the best city in the world

Kyoto Kiyomizy temple SunsetShutterstockKyoto, Japan.

Travel + Leisure just released its annual World’s Best Awards, which surveys thousands of readers to come up with a comprehensive list of the year’s best hotels, islands, airlines, and destinations.

This year, for the second time in a row, travellers voted Kyoto, Japan, to be the best city in the world.

Kyoto — Japan’s imperial capital for over 1,000 years — is full of incredible temples, parks, and markets that make it a favourite with travellers.

These photos show why Kyoto was named the world’s best city — twice.

Kyoto is home to incredible temples, like the Byodo-in Buddhist temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The springtime Hanami festivals in Maruyama Park are especially breathtaking.

Fall is no less striking here though.

For a closer look at the fall foliage, take a boat down the Oi river to the Arashiyama area.

The city has epic views of nearby Mt. Fuji. One of the best places to take in the view is from the Chureito Pagoda.

You can also catch amazing views of Mt. Fuji while riding the Shinkansen (aka the bullet train), which goes up to 200 mph, into town.

It has retained its traditions and architecture, like in the beautifully restored Ninenzaka street, which slopes down from the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and was laid out during Kyoto's ancient imperial years.

One of the best places to eat an authentic meal is in the Shirakawa Area, which runs along the Shirakawa Canal near Gion and is full of local restaurants and bars.

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