The charm of Kyoto, which has well-preserved scenic beauty, was once again recognised in the world. The city was named the best destination in the world for the second consecutive year on a list of world tourist hot spots announced by a major US travel magazine.
Readers of the magazine gave scores to the major tourist cities of the world based on their preferences in six categories, such as scenery, culture and food. Kyoto had the highest score of 91.22. The US city of Charleston, S.C., came second, while Siem Reap, Cambodia, known for its World Heritage sites that include Angkor Wat, ranked third.
Kyoto was praised especially for its scenery. About 1,200 years have gone by since the capital of Japan was relocated to Heiankyo (present-day Kyoto) in 794. While preserving its ancient townscape, the city has been vigorously promoting the magnificence of its streets worldwide, which is what led to the high praise from abroad.