|Above, Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji "golden pavilion". Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The readers of one of the foremost travel magazines, Travel + Leisure, named Kyoto, Japan as the world's best city for the second time in a row.
The Japan Times reported:
NEW YORK – Kyoto was named the world’s best city for a second consecutive year by the readers of U.S. travel magazine Travel + Leisure, the publication said Tuesday.
Since 1995, the magazine has released an annual ranking of the world’s top 10 cities as assessed by its readers. It samples their opinions in six categories, including places of interest, culture, food, and people.
The former capital and home of the Imperial Family for over 1,000 years is increasingly considered a draw for tourists. Readers called Kyoto “the quintessential Japanese experience” because it offers visitors “everything from history to notable cuisine (shojin ryori),” the magazine said, a reference to the many shrines and temples located in the city.To read more, go here.