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Kyoto Crowned with Asia’s Top City

Kyoto Crowned with Asia's Top City

New York, NY, October 11, 2011:Japan's top cultural destination Kyoto ( has been crowned as the best Asian city of 2011 in the Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Award 2011 (

The Awards are released in the November issue every year, based on the magazine's readers' votes on cities, islands, hotels, resorts, airlines, car rental companies and cruises. Kyoto has been the highest ranked Japanese city in the Award in 6 consecutive years, marking the highest ranking of the 2nd Asian City in 2010. This is particularly a great victory for Japan tourism since Kyoto finally was recognized as the top Asian City by the travel-minded affluent Americans in spite of the major natural disaster in the northeastern region of Japan in March. This accomplishment proves the time-honored cultural richness and the city's efforts to maintain the beauty of the cityscape and sustain the culture into the 21st century.

Mr. Daisaku Kadokawa, the City of Kyoto Mayor since 2008, welcomes this huge accomplishment by saying "The City has enhanced the Kyoto Premium Destination strategy to appeal to travelers around the world while preserving the fine old traditions of Kyoto as it expands and promotes its tourism industry. This award shows that our sustained efforts to build our city's brand have borne fruit. Kyoto is ready and able to receive lots of travelers from all over the world, and provide them with the experience of a lifetime." Ms. Yuki Tanaka, the Executive Director of Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) New York Office also comments "this award means a lot for us, since this is our first award and we recently experienced tremendous natural disasters earlier this year. I would like all the Condé Nast Travelers readers to reassure the beauty of Japan and to realize that Japan has been recovered to an absolutely safe destination as a whole. "It is truly fortunate that people from all over the world appreciate that historical landmarks and culture in Kyoto have been well preserved." said the renowned Japanese chef Mr. Masaharu Morimoto, during the award ceremony at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, when presented the award to Ms. Yuki Tanaka.

Kyoto has been the top destination in Japan along with Tokyo, but their cultural and historical beauty always differentiates the ones of Tokyo for around 2 million visitors from all over the world each year. Kyoto houses more than 2,000 temples and shrines scattered around the whole city, and 17 of them are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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