20 Best City Breaks in the World


Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

Japan’s capital until 1868, Kyoto is a place rich in historic significance. Like to get a taste of the country’s ancient past? There’s nowhere better, with Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and imperial palaces beckoning those keen to see the sights.

Located on Honshu, Kyoto is home to 1.5 million people and has grown into a modern city. Yet those nods to the past are all around, making this a fascinating place to take a break. With the main attractions here including Nijo Castle, Sento Palace and the world-renowned Railway Museum, there truly is something for everyone in colourful Kyoto.

Spend time browsing the food stalls at Nishiki Market, explore the city’s parks and green spaces or take a stroll amongst the traditional wooden houses, the choice is yours. With so much to see and do here, it’s no surprise that appreciative visitors return to Kyoto time and time again.