This Japanese city was the most-pinned international destination of 2016, and it is a historical paradise

Where in the world do Pinterest users want to travel this year? Kyoto, Japan, according to their Pinterest boards.

Kyoto topped the list of most-pinned international travel locations in 2016, jumping up a whopping 55 percent in popularity in one year (whoa).

Known as “the city of ten thousand shrines,” Kyoto was the capital of Japan until the emperor relocated the capital to Tokyo in 1868. While Tokyo is bustling and modern, Kyoto retained the old-world, ancient appeal of the Japanese empire. There are thousands of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Kyoto, making a visitor feel like they’ve stepped back in time.

Have a serene moment on this picture-perfect foot bridge

Or walk the quiet streets at sunset

You’ll feel pretty majestic climbing this impressive set of stairs

If you aren’t sure what to see, eat, and do, here’s a handy infographic

Time your visit to catch Japan’s famous cherry blossoms in early spring

Are you ready to book your ticket yet? We sure are.

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