Kyoto Vs Tokyo: Japan’s old and newWhen it comes to choosing between Kyoto and Tokyo it often becomes a contest between the old versus the new. And, as two of Japan’s most captivating cities, visitors often find themselves torn between the two. But why pick one city when you could see both? The high-speed Shinkansen ‘bullet train’ means you can find yourself 280 miles across the country in only two and a half hours. So you can easily enjoy the best of both of these two Japanese worlds.
Japan’s capital in renowned for its contemporary skyscrapers and modern edge. Look carefully and you will find the shrines and temples, hidden between the high-rise buildings and bright lights, but these are few and far between. This city is the bright future of Japan. A treasure trove of gadgets, concept shops, and forward-thinking design—where transport runs like clockwork and neighbourhoods change in the blink of an eye—Tokyo is technologically and culturally light years ahead of everyone else and never fails to disappoint the foodies and culture seekers.
Kyoto stood as Japan’s capital city for over 1,000 years, so naturally it has an authentic air about it. While the rest of Japan became swept up in modernisation, Kyoto managed to remain in places quietly traditional, observing and respecting the old way of life. Celebrated for its spring cherry blossoms and as a sanctuary to the few surviving genuine geisha, Kyoto allows you literally to step back in time and immerse yourself in true Japanese culture. Spared from World War II bombings, and much smaller than Tokyo, this evocative city boasts thousands of tranquil temples and Zen gardens– so the perfect antidote to the urban jungle of the modern day capital.
Two cities, two very different experiences—combined they really showcase the very best of Japanese culture today.