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2022-02-06 12:35:14

Differences between the two Japanese capitals: modern Tokyo and ancient Kyoto

Differences between the two Japanese capitals: modern Tokyo and ancient Kyoto

So what are the differences between the former capital and modern Tokyo?

Urban population

Tokyo is currently home to 14 million people, which is 10 times the size of Kyoto. The modern capital of Japan, more than a metropolis, is a large prefecture that includes small urban districts, towns, and rural communities. Because of such a large population, life in Tokyo is dynamic and well-organized: incredible interchanges and fast modern highways. For some, it will seem surprising, but in the Japanese subway there is a position of "pusher" - a person who helps to ram passengers into the car during peak hours!

Park and meditation areas

In its structure, multi-level Tokyo for some seems to be the city of the future, while Kyoto is a more mundane city, in the northern part of which there are a large number of park areas. In the cultural capital of Japan, there are about 2,000 ancient Buddhist and Shinto temples, which is a record figure.


Oddly enough, but most of the youth tend to Kyoto. The thing is that the former capital is also the educational center of the country. Literally on every street there is at least one university, which attracts students here not only from all over the country, but also from the world.

Rest and moral comfort

Fast Tokyo life is very tiring. Most locals often turn to psychotherapists to relax a bit. Here, even animals get tired of such a tight schedule, which is why every year the capital's zoos are closed for two months so that its residents can relax from visitors!

East and West

Kyoto received the role of the capital in the VIII century. Then this city was famous for its weaving. Everything changed when Emperor Mutsuhito came to power, who in the XIX century moved the capital to Tokyo. It is with this city that the stunning transformation of Japan into one of the leading world powers is associated. Since then, Tokyo has been called the eastern capital, and Kyoto - the western.

Historical past

The modern capital of Japan is more focused on the use of modern innovations. Here, many do not remember the stories of their ancestors and do not honor their traditions as much as in Kyoto, a unique Japanese city with a long history. The former capital saw many rulers and changed its social structure more than once.

Chaos and tranquility

At a time when Kyoto was still a village, it was nicknamed the "Capital of Peace and Tranquility". And indeed, with his measured and slowly flowing life, he is still the complete opposite of the fussy and chaotic Tokyo.


Kyoto is widely known for its natural attractions: quiet park areas, bright flowers, lush vegetation and beautiful ancient temples. Everyone associates Tokyo with modern architectural phenomena, which are not found in any other country, and the triumph of ultra-modern urbanism.

Climatic conditions

In Tokyo, the climate is milder, which is not to say about Kyoto with the contrasting manifestations of each season: in summer it is very hot, and in winter it is cold.

Interestingly, fans of anagrams could initially pay attention to the formation of the names of the two capitals. If you change the letters in the name of the former capital in places, then Kyoto will miraculously turn into Tokyo.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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