While I could rattle off a list of my favourite places in Japan, Kyoto in particular holds a lot of fond memories for me. When I first visited years ago I spent a good amount of time there, and it really is a place of wonder. For one, there’s no shortage of shrines and temples to explore, with countless ones not marked on the typical tourist trail. There are also plenty of mountains and greenery to be found, the total opposite of Tokyo’s concrete jungle. Once you look past the insane crowds, there’s a serenity to the place I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of.