Never been to Kyoto? Chances are your curiosity is already piqued. Kyoto is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu in Japan.
Pretty much every leading glossy travel mag has given it a shout out for being one of the world's best cities for travelers.
Last year, Travel and Leisure readers voted it world's top city.
This month, it was voted the world's second-best city by Conde Nast Traveler readers, topped only by Tokyo.
Why all the accolades?
With a population of nearly 1.5 million, Kyoto is definitely worth visiting at least once in your life -- though preferably more given it's impossible to cram its charms into a single trip.
Japan's historical heart, the country's former capital (794-1869) is home to thousands of architectural wonders, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
But it's also a modern city with a thriving music and arts scene and incredible restaurants.