KYOTO--ancient capital of Japan
It's not all temples and shinto shrines. Kyoto has great style. You can see the mounatins from the city centre (which is not any prettier than most Japanese cities, unfortunately, the best bits being on the city's fringe) and the traditional shops are terrific. I probably know it better than any other city in Japan, go there about twice a month (I work nearby every other Friday) and consider it something of a home in Japan (although I've never officially lived there).