Abe had specially come to Kyoto from Tokyo to meet Modi and be with him. The Japanese Prime Minister rarely greets a foreign leader outside the national capital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today received a presentation from Kyoto Mayor Daisaka Kadokawa on how the ancient tradition of Japan's cultural capital has been preserved while building it into a modern city, a day India signed a pact to develop Varanasi on the pattern of Kyoto.
Varanasi, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi represents in Lok Sabha, will be developed into a 'smart city' by using the experience of Kyoto, the 'smart city' of Japan, under a pact signed on Saturday.
Meeting over a dinner hosted here by Abe in honour of Modi in the elegant setting of the Imperial Guest House, the two leaders underlined the importance India and Japan have for each other.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Osaka airport in Japan for a five-day visit to the country.
"I am eagerly waiting for your arrival in Kyoto this weekend," Abe tweeted in a message to Modi who will embark on a four-day visit on Saturday.