56. Kyoto – World’s Most Incredible Cities

Discover why Kyoto in Japan ranked #56 in our countdown of ‘100 Most Incredible Cities in the World’.


1.4 million

Best known for:

Buddhist temples, ancient wooden houses, zen rock gardens and geisha, all nestled within the confines of the neighbouring mountains.

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After a day marvelling at Kyoto’s many temples and gardens it’s time to relax the way the Japanese do: by sitting in a public bath so hot it’s only just bearable.

An hour at an ‘onsen’ will mean your legs will be ready to do it all again the next day, and there’s a lot to cover with 17 World Heritage Sites to explore.

Onsens are dotted all over Japan, thanks to hot volcanic springs that deliver a steady supply of piping hot water; no trip to the country would be complete without having a soak in one.

The city centre Funaoka Onsen on Kuramaguchi-dōri is one of Kyoto’s most celebrated.

Inside you’ll find hot, warm and cold baths, an outdoor rock pool and a cypress-panelled tub.

And yes, you will have to abide by tradition and remove all of your clothes.


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