Tokyo and Kyoto have been picked as the world's best and second best cities outside the United States, the U.S. travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler said Tuesday.
Magazine readers cast more than 100,000 votes for their favorite cities in the 2016 poll, according to the website of the magazine, and Japan's current and ancient capitals climbed the ranking from 15th and ninth the previous year, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.
Italy's Florence ranked third in the poll.
The magazine highlighted Tokyo's variety encompassing modern skyscrapers, historic temples and shrines, adding it is "one of the world's best food destinations."
Kyoto was described "one of the most well-preserved cities in Japan" and "well known for kaiseki, the traditional multi-course meal that changes seasonally."
Also in the poll, the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, was named the top hotel in Northern Asia, while All Nippon Airways came in fifth in the "Best Airlines in the World" ranking.
source by japantoday