Japan is best known for reflecting its history in almost every aspect of their societies. Both of its capitals are famous for being cities in which the most modern aspects of our culture live peacefully with the most ancient and traditional ones. It is a trait that places them between the best cities in the world.
The architecture of Kyoto and Tokyo is known for retaining history within its walls. However, as their famous buildings prove it, each city has a unique style that distinguishes it from the other.
Kyoto: Where the Future Honors the Past
Kyoto may not be as prominent in skyscrapers as Tokyo, but this goes in favor of highlighting the city’s traditional attractions. Its seemingly low-profile appearance comes as a beautiful mask to preserve Japan’s culture in its purest form, while also introducing the world’s most modern constructions and lifestyles.
Some of Kyoto’s most prominent buildings are:
* Kinkakuji temple
People say that when the sun sets, this shrine built in 1397 looks like it’s dancing with the sun. Its main pavilion has three main floors, each with a defining architecture style. Visiting this iconic building feels like traveling to the past.
* Kyoto Station Building
* Fushimi Inari
* Kyoto Tower
Let’s move around Kyoto city by bike!
Tokyo: Building the World of Tomorrow
Tokyo may have a similar name than Kyoto, but its city stands as a more industrial, modern capital of Japan, and even though you’ll still have a taste of the country’s history, it lacks the antiqueness that defines Kyoto since its tall buildings overshadow the most historical monuments.
Some must-see buildings are:
* Tokyo Tower
A 332.9-meter communication tower built in 1958, it was once the tallest freestanding tower in the world. It has come to be known as a national landmark, and as such, it is repainted every five years and maintained thoroughly.
* Asakusa Tourist Information Center
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A futuristic building beautifully built in Asakusa in the year 2012.
* Tokyo Skytree
Two Similar Names, Two Different Styles
Kyoto and Tokyo are both Japan’s most iconic cities, within its streets their citizens build the future while preserving the past.
Tokyo’s hectic, modern style clashes with Kyoto’s preservation of history as a way to make a path for our modern lives.