Kyoto is old Japan writ large: quiet temples, sublime gardens, colourful shrines, postcardperfect street scenes and geisha scurrying to secret liaisons. While Osaka's grey concrete jungle is no match in terms of beauty, this fast-paced, brash city cloaked in dazzling neon packs a punch with its excellent food and nightlife scene, and locals full of personality.
Pull-out city map.
Full-colour, pocket-sized guidebook.
The city's best walking tours.