There’s a reason Kyoto topped the list of 2015’s World’s Best Cities. It has the perfect mix of quiet, contemplative spots and bustling city centers. Not only are there shrines and temples located within Kyoto (more than 2,000 of them!), but you can find tranquil-and incredibly scenic-views just a short trip out of the city limits.
Need some more convincing that Kyoto belongs on your bucket list? We’ve got a drone video for that. Spend a couple of minutes flying high over Kyoto’s rolling hills, busy streets, Buddhist and Shinto temples, and bubbling rivers. Have a watch.
Erika Owen is the Senior Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on and at @erikaraeowen.