I love Kyoto. There, I said it. I love it more than I love Tokyo. There, I said it again. The old capital is quintessential Japan, with all of its temples, gardens, quirky restaurants. Kyoto is especially pretty in autumn, when the leaves change colors, and in spring, for sakura season. Mind you, it gets very crowded in the city around these times. It might be better to be just a little early of a bit late. Like I was last year.