That's what I kept saying over and over during our trip to Japan last March.
Since we were staying in Osaka, my travel companions and I decided to go on a day trip to Kyoto which was approximately just an hour and a half away. I was excited! Located in Kyoto is the Gion District, one of the last remaining geisha districts in Japan. It is also home to several temples built by shoguns or Japanese military commanders centuries ago.
"Kyoto (京都, Kyōto) served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868.
The moment we got down from the bus, I was immediately charmed by the city. While Osaka was bustling and industrial (in some areas), Kyoto had a more quaint vibe with little cafes lining up the side streets and people going around in their bicycles.Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and spared from air raids during World War II." (More info here.)