A survey carried out by Travel + Leisure Magazine has declared Kyoto as the 'World's Best City', replacing Thai capital Bangkok which reportedly lost its place in this year's top 10 due to its political troubles, the CNN reported.
Despite repeat appearances in the number one spot, Thailand's capital was voted out by the readers as the city was placed under curfew earlier this year during a military coup.
While Kyoto which is famous for its ancient temples and spring cherry blossoms, has been praised for its "emerging style scene that's cutting edge".
Other cities that made it to the list of 'World's Best Cities 2014' are:
1. Kyoto, Japan
2. Charleston, South Carolina
3. Florence, Italy
4. Siem Reap, Cambodia
7. Seville, Spain
9. Mexico City
10. New Orleans