From modern Tokyo to traditional Kyoto, stylish Kobe to the flavoury Osaka!! Japan is a country of contrasts, learn a bit more about the cities and pick the right one for you.
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THE CULTURAL CAPITAL
Kyoto (京都) served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is considered as the cultural capital of Japan and a major tourist destination.
It is home to numerous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, many of which are listed collectively by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
1 out of 10 people in the Kyoto city area is actually a university student (approximately 150,000 students), by far the highest in Japan in terms of the proportion of students in its population. There are also about 12,000 students from all over the world who are studying in Kyoto. The city is extremely convenient for students, with many restaurants and stores for students throughout the entire area.
A FRIENDLY CITY
Osaka (大阪) is Japan's second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo Located in the center of Kansai Region. It's close to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. It's quite convenient. You can also travel to Tokyo easily!
It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai Region for many centuries and Is one of the most underrated locations of Japan, it really is one of the best cities to live in. People from Osaka are said to be the most outgoing in Japan. Many famous Japanese comedians come from Osaka, and many say that Osaka feels more friendly and down to earth than other major Japanese cities.
Tokyo (東京) is Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis, prior to 1868 it was known as Edo, a small castle town in the 16th century it was renamed as Tokyo, meaning “eastern capital” and became the capital in 1,603.
The city offers a uniquely eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary attractions such as unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining. You could explore Tokyo for years and not uncover all there is to offer, the city is just to big and with so many things to do that I can assure you will never get bored and the best part is that Tokyo has one of the best transportation systems on the planet, and its timeliness, speed and conveniences you can get anywhere anytime in no time!