Tokyo rated No. 1 city in the world in Trip Advisor survey

Tokyo rated No. 1 city in the world in Trip Advisor survey Flickr image (Eugene Wei)

TOKYO —

The world is a huge place, and where you spend your hard-earned money and time off is a big decision. With so many fabulous locations around the globe, how do you choose what is the best destination for you? The answer seems obvious: ask the people. With tools like Yelp and Wikitravel, crowd sourcing your best vacation spot is easier than ever.

One of the most popular travel sites, Trip Advisor, has released a survey asking its users to rank its top 37 cities, and Japan has something to celebrate before the World Cup even begins: coming in at #1 in the world.

Tokyo topped Trip Advisor’s list of the most satisfying cities to visit. The site asked users to rate each of the cities in 16 different ways. In 13 of the 16 categories, Tokyo finished in the top 10. It topped five of the categories including:

1. Local friendliness
2. Taxi services
3. Cleanliness
4. Public Transportation
5. Overall satisfaction

The city ranked second for friendliness of taxi drivers and ease of solo travel, third for restaurants and night life, fifth for shopping, and eighth in ease of moving through the city, hotels and ease of traveling with family.

An impressive array of stats, for sure! The Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) might be a little concerned about the last three categories, culture, tourism and attractions and best money value, though. While value for money isn’t necessarily something a tourism board can control, attracting people to culture and attractions is certainly something they can work on.

After seeing the results of the survey the TCVB commented: “Regarding Tokyo and the online survey from travelers around the world, we are extremely pleased that Tokyo has ranked number-one for most satisfying city in the world. We are very proud of our omotenashi (hospitality) and the results of the survey which recognized our ‘heart’ and services through the high ranking in the categories. Looking towards the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, please come and visit us in our beautiful city of Tokyo which is always moving towards the future.”

For many people who live in Japan, hearing that Tokyo doesn’t rank in the top 10 for culture and attractions may seem a little strange. Although Tokyo may be the “concrete jungle”, there are plenty of pockets of Japanese culture, and old Japanese culture that maybe Kyoto is better known for. There is Mejijingu shrine, Kaminarimon, Kabuki-za, many different Ueno museums, and the Imperial Gardens just to name a few. The problem is getting the word out and letting visitors know that there is more to Tokyo than just the big (really big) city life.

The company director for the Japanese branch of Trip Advisor knows that this is a concern, but is quite happy with Tokyo’s upward movement.

“We are extremely proud that Tokyo placed so high in the survey regarding the world’s most satisfying cities,” he said. “When you look at the survey, Tokyo is continuing to rise in rank in the sections concerning culture and attractions. Tourist attractions are spreading through word of mouth/the internet in recent years. As the world’s greatest word-of-mouth tourist site, Trip Advisor, we want to not only include information about hotels and restaurants but we also want to include information about new and beautiful tourist attractions and cultural sites to all tourists coming to Japan.”

Source: Yahoo! Japan News

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  • -12

    Debucho

    obviously prices, xenophopia and handicapped access were not in the criteria

    • Moderator

      Readers, please refrain from your usual Japan-bashing on this thread.

  • 13

    semperfi

    Japan, and J cities like Tokyo and Kyoto have consistently scored high for these reasons:

    1. Local friendliness - YES Japanese are very courteous - perhaps the most courteous, if you compare with other place internationally west and east
    2. Taxi services -honest and clean , Taxi driver open the doors for you ( not so in Canada for instance0 and fare rates aren't altered ( as in many unmentioned countries - ahem)
    3. Cleanliness - NO kidding ! Ever been to downtown New York ????
    4. Public Transportation - unsurpassable, except perhaps Germany
    5. Overall satisfaction

    Plus (1) SAFETY - crime rate is still low, esp petty crime - -such as stealing cameras , purse snatching (2) AND EXCELLENT SHOPPING - super quality for a good price ! (3) SIGHT SEEING VENUES well maintained and easy to access

  • 7

    Tamarama

    Tokyo is an outstanding city and an absolutely sensational experience for a tourist.

    But there is no need to tell everybody.....

  • 14

    ZENJI

    Love the place, love the country,love the people,love the food

  • 0

    Tokiyo

    I must not know the majority of people then. I don't think there is a broom big enough for those sweeping generalizations.

  • 14

    Strangerland

    Every time we have visitors from overseas, they enjoy themselves in Tokyo.

  • 1

    Ganda Zobel de Ayala

    Tokyo is an outstanding city and an absolutely sensational experience for a tourist.

    But there is no need to tell everybody.....

    Of course there is. Why else would they need to promote? Might as well abolish the tourism board.

  • 4

    Mr. Noidall

    Standing on top of Tokyo Tower I can see things clearly! ; )

  • -2

    edward12

    There's no doubt that Tokyo has its attractions but as a first time visitor I was not bowled over by the place. I have to wonder how easy it is to manipulate TripAdvisor ratings because there is certainly a lot of incentive to do so.

  • 13

    Meguroman

    It has improved over the years but if you have a stroller or wheel chair you may need a lot of patience to get around the city for a few days.

  • -5

    jerseyboy

    Tokyo is not worth spending more than a day or two in if you are a tourist.

    bilderberg -- agreed. That is what I tell everyone who is thinking about a trip to Japan/Asia. And, respectful of these rankings, the fact that Tokyo can be rated #1 for being clean and friendly, but be so low on culture, attractions and good value, and be #1 overall, defies logic. I wouldn't fly twelve hours from the west coast of the U.S. to see clean taxis and on-time subways. What the heck there is to do, and how much its gonna cost, is way more important.

  • 11

    Brainiac

    I can only conclude that those of you who say there is not much to do or see in Tokyo know nothing about Tokyo. All my friends and family who have visited me over the years have spent at least a week here. They've enjoyed yakatabune rides, visiting Miraikan to see Asimo, saw the Tsukiji fish market, shopped in Akihabara, watched sumo wrestlers train, had yakitori under the train tracks at Yurakucho, went to Sensoji, went up Tokyo Tower or Skytree, enjoyed superb dining, had calligraphy lessons, had fun at Tokyo Disneyland... and that's only the start.

    If you come with a positive attitude, you'll have a great time.

  • 7

    Tokiyo

    jerseyboy - Asia not worth it for the tourism? Thank you for giving me a good laugh.

  • 9

    Daniel Neagari

    Some people say about the difficulty for handicapped people to move around Tokyo.... I won't deny that they are some difficulties. But to be honest, I think Tokyo (and many other cities in Japan) have a fairly good infrastructure for the handicapped. And I have been in many cities around the world. True that compared to most European cities Japanese cities may be left behind but if you get the big cities NYC, LAX, London, Mexico City, Panama City, etc... Tokyo is much better place to go around if you are handicapped.

    Do you people noticed that yellow (usually) narrow road on the side walks? do you know what are they? Wonder, how many cities have that thing in that a big scale?

    And regarding culture... well... if you say there is nothing to see in Tokyo.. you really don't know even how to travel

  • 4

    Steven Sell

    Tokyo is a great city. But certainly not number one. And not that tourist friendly when compared to popular destinations and cities.

  • 12

    OldHawk

    I visit Japan every year, and Tokyo serves as my base. I typically spend about two weeks there on each of my month-long trips. I've yet to run out of things to do, and always want to stay longer. If someone says there isn't much to do in Tokyo, they must have an extremely limited set of interests.

    How I wish I could bring a taxi (and driver) back with me! Many cities in America get their drivers from countries that have no traffic laws. My city is notorious for taxis with dangerously stupid drivers, drivers who don't speak English, and cabs that are poorly maintained (they just patch them back together after every crash). I'd take my driver and his Toyota Crown Comfort taxi around to the local taxi companies and show them how it's done properly. Better yet, take him and his cab over to the airport and start my taxi company.

    Oh, and I'd love to bring back a modern Japanese toilet for my house. And one of those old Showa-era diners for my neighborhood. And one of those... no, on second thought, I'll just keep visiting Japan.

  • 7

    Tokiyo

    eh - I'd take Tokyo over snookie and the situation any day.

  • 11

    dcog9065

    Tokyo is an awesome place to visit definitely, probably less so to live

  • 10

    JaneM

    Tokyo is outstanding and if you choose to see all the good things it offers you will have a great time here. I am glad I live in this vibrant, fashionable, busy city. If you say there is nothing to do in Tokyo, well, get yourself a guidebook, ask friends or read the news on cultural and sports events, etc. Always plenty to do and never enough time for everything.

  • -2

    Yubaru

    And who did Trip Adviser actually survey?

  • 3

    JoeBigs

    1. Local friendliness Better than most countries.

    2. Taxi services Fantastic service, I use taxi's all the time and I love them. Better than riding crowded trains.

    3. Cleanliness Can not be beat, the only litter-bugs are usually the tourists. All my our overseas friends that come here all say the same thing, "Wow, it's so clean here.".

    4. Public Transportation When we have to take a bus it is always on time. Trains are outstanding when it comes to being time.

    5. Overall satisfaction Love living here.

    YubaruJun. 10, 2014 - 01:49PM JST And who did Trip Adviser actually survey?

    Tourists.

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/PressCenter-i6742-c1-Press_Releases.html

    dcog9065Jun. 10, 2014 - 12:55PM JST Tokyo is an awesome place to visit definitely, probably less so to live

    I live here and I love it...

    jerseyboyJun. 10, 2014 - 10:29AM JST That is what I tell everyone who is thinking about a trip to Japan/Asia. And, respectful of these rankings, the fact that Tokyo can be rated #1 for being clean and friendly, but be so low on culture, attractions and good value, and be #1 overall, defies logic.

    Wow, talk about not liking someplace.

    semperfiJun. 10, 2014 - 08:03AM JST Plus (1) SAFETY - crime rate is still low, esp petty crime - -such as stealing cameras , purse snatching (2) AND EXCELLENT SHOPPING - super quality for a good price ! (3) SIGHT SEEING VENUES well maintained and easy to access

    Can't beat it.

  • -2

    bruinfan

    @Bilderberg

    You could have rephrased that a little better, but I might partly agree in some cases. If people have about 7-7.5 days in Japan. I would recommend about 2 days in Tokyo (especially if they have the special rail pass).

    My recommended itinerary (before people start blasting):

    Tokyo– 1 1/2-2 days (possibly 3 nights combined w Nikko) Yokohama/ Kamakura-1 full day (and night) Kyoto- 2 days (Osaka/Kobe- possibly an extra 1 full day) Nara- 1 day Nikko- 3/4 day

    Of course Japan is more expensive than other country destinations in Asia. If people can afford it, try to stay longer, but you do get less purchasing power for your money. I appreciate some of the comments above on things to do in Tokyo. I was a tour guide before in the US.

  • 1

    lucabrasi

    @bruinfan

    Sounds like an itinerary for a trip to Honshu, not Japan.

  • -1

    frontandcentre

    There are plenty of Japanese contributors to Tripadvisor - or was this survey just for international visitors? I must admit, most of the taxi drivers in Tokyo are reasonably friendly and courteous, but I'm not sure how they'd score on "local knowledge". Despite their sometimes brusque manners, London Black Cab drivers are FAR more knowledgeable of roads, routes and landmarks than Tokyo taxi drivers, in my experience.

    Otherwise, I'm sure Tokyo deserves a high ranking for convenience on comfort, it's just a pity there is such a lack of historical buildings in the city to give it the kind of character which you can enjoy in European cities.

  • 1

    Tohka

    I'm not so sure about taxis but... well, I will always prefer Tokyo! I always enjoy myself every time I'm there, no ifs nor buts!

  • 3

    samir

    Well, I really don't like cities... and IF a man that doesn't like cities tell you that Tokyo is beautiful what does it mean in your opinion? :)

    I falled in love of Tokyo ^^

  • 5

    CGB Spender

    Banzai Tokyo! well done Japan! No city is perfect but Tokyo has the biggest share of positive sides.

  • 5

    Thunderbird2

    I fly half way round the planet from Glasgow every year to spend my annual hols in Tokyo, taking day trips to other areas as I please. I come from a city, so I'm comfortable in a city, and Tokyo is just perfect for wandering around with my camera. Always something new to see.

    Love Tokyo, the people and the nice clean streets.

  • 3

    Kei Kurooka

    i ve been to many places in the world. i love italy but i love japan more.. whenever im out abroad a week is enough to get me going back home. where i called japan my home now as i was born in the wrong country..

  • 0

    GalapagosnoGairaishu

    If Tokyoites want to make a good impression on foreign visitors, it would be really, really nice to seem them take their faces out of their smart phones and make an effort to observe their surroundings.

  • 1

    Asr Reen R

    Yes, congrats Tokyo, well deserved, was there one week last year, was one of my best holidays, no regrets, great country, great people!!

  • 2

    Bill Adams

    There seem to be many contradictory responses here. However, you all seem to have very strong opinions, so if someone was visiting Japan for two weeks, what would you recommend they do/see?

  • 3

    TrevorPeace1

    Bill Adams, I'll take a stab at that two weeks, although that's the shortest time I've spent in Japan, and only then because my university-aged daughter had a reading break and couldn't go for any longer. I prefer six to eight weeks, but here's a thought for 14 days: Days 1-4: Tokyo Days 5-7: Kyoto Days 8-9: Nara Days 10-11: Matsushima Bay Days 12-14: Tokyo And that's rushing it. My next 8-week trip starts in Tokyo for a week, then Hokkaido for a week, Akita and Morioka for another week, Sendai-Matsushima Bay for about a week, then depending on my tendency for whimsical planning, I'll divide the rest of my time between Nagoya, Tsu, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and Hiroshima. And hate leaving!

  • 0

    bruinfan

    @Trevorpeace. Good plan for a longer trip. I guess there are some haters of short itineraries out there...

  • 4

    TrevorPeace1

    @bruinfan, it's not that I hate short itineraries, only that they often seem rushed and don't allow us to take our time to enjoy things. And when it comes to Japan, there's an awful lot to enjoy. I'm lucky - still in my fifties, healthy (easily walk 20-30k a day when in Japan) single and retired. Regardless of the time I spend there (three different trips in the past 12 months, ranging from eight weeks to six to two) I'm elated when I land and depressed when I leave. If you live in Japan, I envy you.

  • 2

    80393

    trevor- visiting is a world apart from living here. you dont have to deal with any of the negatives as a short time visitor. enjoy your vacations.

  • 4

    JoeBigs

    Bill AdamsJun. 10, 2014 - 06:41PM JST There seem to be many contradictory responses here. However, you all seem to have very strong opinions, so if someone was visiting Japan for two weeks, what would you recommend they do/see?

    Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine, SkyTree, Ueno Museum, Ueno Park, Harajuku, Senso-ji, Nakamise, Sengaku-ji, National Museum, Akihabara etc etc etc.....

    Okay, make it easy on us, what are you interested in?

    Tokyo is a clean safe place with so much/many interesting places to visit that it's hard to name them all.

    It's all up to you....

    Only place I would recommend that you avoid is the cesspool known as Roppongi. The place is run by gangs who try and sway any drunk into a back alley where they can rob them blind. Like I said, this place is a third world cesspool and should be avoided at all costs.

    Let's just say that Boko Haram most likely gets money from some of the gangs that operate there.

  • 1

    kaimycahl

    Tokyo!!! Tokyo Tokyo!! People here can either love it or hate it. I love i,t the people, the food, the culture. Of course there are somethings I see and have experience that I didn't agree with but one was remember you can't change or force a change on a way of life of people in another country if you were not born there!! So to all haters if you can embrace the culture just leave!

  • 1

    bruinfan

    @TrevorPeace1 I agree with you, and I often do visit places for two weeks at a time. If you like it that much why don't you live in Japan for part of the year. I live in Tokyo, but I do need to get out at times for my sanity!

  • 2

    thuganomics79

    Interesting survey. I agree that for those who want to experience one of the most technologically advanced and convenient cities in the world, then Tokyo is it. I myself live in Osaka, and wouldn't dream of living anywhere else. Just out of curiousity, I wonder which cities made Trip Advisor's top ten.

  • 2

    Bill Adams

    @ TrevorPeace1 and @JoeBigs

    Good food for thought there guys; thanks. Joe: I'm interested in everything: old/new/city/countryside/etc. And you are right Trevor: a fortnight is probably not enough!

    How do you get around - by rail?

  • -3

    kringis

    Tokyo is a great place to visit once, but once is enough.

    Once you venture out into some of the other great cities/towns of Japan, you soon realise that Tokyo pales in comparison to what others have to offer.

    But sure, Tokyo has wow factor for the first timers, and offers an easy/accessible holiday destination that will keep you busy (with a few side trips here and there) for 7-10 days.

  • 4

    sighclops

    Tokyo is awesome. Just so much to do here - been living here 6 years myself. The only complaint I have really is the rush hour trains. My god, they're unbearable!

    But yeah, it's so safe - have never once felt apprehensive. Food is the best in the world - never get a bad meal. You often hear people saying that the people of Tokyo are cold and unfriendly, but I don't think that's the case. It's just that we all work so hard to live here that by the end of the day the last thing you want is human interaction lol!

  • 5

    virgo

    I lived in Tokyo/Yokohama (but worked in Tokyo) for 6 years. It is hands down still on my top cities list. 2 days is enough to look at buildings sure. But this is a dynamic city and I NEVER ran out of things to do. Some people just don't like big cities but as big cities go they do a lot of things well! And I still love New York (5 years working there), and Bangkok (lived there), and one of my new favorites New Orleans. I love Singapore!. You get it, I love big cities.

    As for Asia, I recommend to all my fellow Americans that Asia is a great tourist destination. Going somewhere where things are way different than your everyday piques my curiosity. Culture/history/food.....some places cheap some not! Tokyo is nowhere near as expensive as people think. Those local can tell you! A website said 12 eggs were no cheaper than $3 but the usually sell in 10 packs as you know and I always pay about 150 yen and my local grocer. We don't live Forbes magazine ex-pat businessmen salary packages so those surveys can be so wrong. If you plan and prepare visiting Asia/Japan/Tokyo is soooo worth the money!

  • 3

    Tamarama

    Tokyo is not worth spending more than a day or two in if you are a tourist.

    I've seen some rippers on JT over the years, but this one is up there for the most ludicrous comment I've seen posted.

  • 2

    kchoze

    I've just ended my third trip to Japan, it is always heart-wrenching to leave. Nothing in the survey shocked me, it's all true: the cleanliness, the friendliness, the excellent public service, the abundant things to do and see. I can understand somewhat the lesser results in culture... it's not that the culture isn't there, but the Japanese, in Tokyo in particular, don't seem to particularly care about preserving neighborhoods like outdoor museums, so a lot of the architecture is modern and functional rather than historical. Compare to Paris, which is essentially a museum-city with most buildings over 200 years old (but they pay for it elsewhere, with subpar, very expensive housing, Tokyo is cheap in comparison).

    I've got to point out why I like Tokyo so much, it's a city built for people, not for cars. Just walking the city is a pleasure.

  • -1

    some14some

    PR for 2020 Olympics, too early but such surveys will appear dozen of times from now onwards.

  • -5

    cleo

    Tokyo is not worth spending more than a day or two in if you are a tourist.

    I don't understand why this opinion is getting so many thumbs-down. If you're going to spend time and money travelling all the way out here, there are much more interesting places to visit than Tokyo. If you have to be in Tokyo for work or whatever, yes, there may be lots of interesting things to see and do; but there's so much more in the rest of the country, and the air is cleaner.

    Three straight days in Tokyo brings on my asthma.

  • -2

    sfjp330

    Tokyo might be a nice place to visit, but what about working there? Tokyo's lifestyle can expensive. Not everyone in Tokyo are living the high life. Tokyo suffers from rising levels of crime, congestion and public transportation problems that make city life tiresome and costly. It also brings into question how much one needs to earn to work in Tokyo. Are they forced to live further out and spend hours a day commuting each way to work? All of this can offset a city’s livability ranking. Might look into visiting Sydney, Vancouver, Toronto, or Bangkok.

  • 4

    borax

    Brainiac-

    I can only conclude that those of you who say there is not much to do or see in Tokyo know nothing about Tokyo. All my friends and family who have visited me over the years have spent at least a week here. They've enjoyed yakatabune rides, visiting Miraikan to see Asimo, saw the Tsukiji fish market, shopped in Akihabara, watched sumo wrestlers train, had yakitori under the train tracks at Yurakucho, went to Sensoji, went up Tokyo Tower or Skytree, enjoyed superb dining, had calligraphy lessons, had fun at Tokyo Disneyland... and that's only the start.

    Sounds like you're an awesome host, and it's obvious why all the people visiting you have had a great time. But they key phrase in your post is "...who have visited me". It would be extremely hard for visitors to find out about and get to some of the attractions you mentioned without the help of someone like you. After my first few visits to Tokyo I was largely underwhelmed, but now that I live here, I love it. It's such a huge, sprawling city, that it takes the help of someone who really knows the place, or your own personal years of exploration and experience, to discover the treasures hidden within it.

  • -7

    Dragoncloud64

    Good thing they didn't rate for English because then they would of ended up dead last in that category.

  • -2

    kurisupisu

    Nice for a visit but try living there.......

  • 2

    JoeBigs

    Bill AdamsJun. 10, 2014 - 11:00PM JST How do you get around - by rail?

    Get to know the rail lines and you will be set. There are a few apps that are in English.

    kurisupisuJun. 11, 2014 - 09:38AM JST Nice for a visit but try living there.......

    It's a whole lot of fun. 7 years here and love every minute.

  • -6

    Nathaw

    cleo

    there may be lots of interesting things to see and do; but there's so much more in the rest of the country, and the air is cleaner.

    Well said! I guess you have lived in Japan for more than 20 yrs. Your post is reflecting the reality of Tokyo. Air quality in Tokyo is not good enough as Kobe, Sapporo and Kamakura. Tokyo is the great city however it is not the best city of Japan for sight seeing and enjoying uniqueness of Japanese. As an old man I was exhausted for seeing office workers rushing and being pushed inside the metro trains. It is densely populated city and trains are congested during the rush hours.

    Seeing Concrete Jungle make me feel like I was in rabbit inside the rabbit hole. It may be simply new marketing strategy for coming Olympic.

    Three straight days in Tokyo brings on my asthma.

    Me too! I have got hypertension and tightness of chest after four straight days in Tokyo. Unlike Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara air are so fresh and refreshing.

  • -4

    Elbuda Mexicano

    Not too sure I would say TOKYO is number 1. Many of the signs even in SHIBUYA are not in ENGLISH, let alone farther away from down town Tokyo. Yes, many Japanese are friendly to foreign tourists but why?? Most likely because they have also traveled overseas and were lost etc...and many Japanese here in Tokyo understand it is not fun to be lost, hungry etc..in a foreign country, and a few smiles, etc..can go A LONG WAY. I still doubt Tokyo is number 1. Too expensive for starters.

  • 4

    G.MAL.O.Q

    Best city in the world to live in as well.

    And I have been fortunate enough to try many.

  • -3

    tmarie

    However, you all seem to have very strong opinions, so if someone was visiting Japan for two weeks, what would you recommend they do/see?

    Not bother with Tokyo! You could spend two week alone in Kyoto! Add in Nara, Hiroshima, Miyakojima, Himeji why would you bother staying in an overpriced, crowded city?

  • 2

    Stewie

    I come to Japan twice a year (family and business interests). Each time I arrive (7 years ) I always stay in Tokyo for 2/3 days. In 15 visits so far I still find new things to see / do / eat .

  • 1

    warispeace

    The only way for this to be an accurate survey is if you asked people to also weigh the various categories. Also, you would have to look at who is taking the survey and assess the demographics as well as their length of stay.

  • 3

    kitzrow

    I have had only a handful of people visit me in the many years I have lived here and all have gone back raving about Japan. The fact that I look at Japan from eyes that have seen most everything, is much different from my cousin or good friend who has never been to this side of the world. So for short visits, Japan could very well be highly rated as stated. Transportation is excellent, so I would tell anyone visiting to use local transportation and not necessarily a taxi. I still am amazed at the cost of a taxi and have not been in one in years. Safety, cultural differences, landmark sites and souvenirs to take back home are just a few things that any traveler to Japan would comment to their friends once they got back home. My brother's daughter's husband is visiting Japan right now and arrived on Monday for business. I know he is excited and I equally excited to hear about his FIRST experience in Japan when we meet on Saturday!

  • 0

    wildwest

    This survey was flawed as it only appeared on the Japanese web version of the site in Japanese. 10 out of 10 me's love me.

  • -1

    Bronwyn Schmidt Celebrant

    Taxis were great and value for money. . We found people were polite in shops but not friendly out of their business or when we needed assistance... the tour guides were extremely helpful and genuinely enjoyed their jobs. Shopping was difficult.. except for when we went to the pokemon shops

  • -1

    wipeout

    Add in Nara, Hiroshima, Miyakojima, Himeji why would you bother staying in an overpriced, crowded city?

    Because a lot of tourists like cities. I enjoy both cities and countryside, but if I have to choose between somewhere that's either drowning in tourist tack or you get pestered to death - and a lot of the world's great destinations can be exactly like that, especially in less wealthy countries - I prefer the anonymity of a large city, where it tends to be less painfully dominant. Luckily, Japan has an excellent balance of urban and rural attractions for tourists, so people can choose either, depending on their taste.

    Hiroshima, by the way, is just another city, and its chief attractions for tourists are Miyajima (pleasant enough) and the Peace Park, where you can muse on the incineration/radiation poisoning of 100,000 or so civilians. I've spent a lot of time in Hiroshima, but I wouldn't unhesitatingly recommend it as an essential tourist destination. It's a nice enough place, but no more so than Sendai or Sapporo.

  • 0

    Tessa

    This survey was flawed as it only appeared on the Japanese web version of the site in Japanese. 10 out of 10 me's love me.

    It seems you are right. I've checked the English language version of TripAdvisor's best destinations, and Tokyo doesn't even make the top 25!

  • 1

    80393

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations-cTop-g1

    i dont see tokyo in the top 25. can JT give a link for this trip advisor site that has tokyo at #1?

  • -1

    pablo944

    Well there's a surprise.. but not really. I've traveled to many countries in Europe and Asia and the US and Tokyo is by far the best city I have ever been to. Wow, to me Tokyo is heaven. I plan to move there once I can secure a job.

    It all boils down to one thing, the people! Japanese people are the friendliest on this planet. They are helpful, happy, polite and honorable. Not nonly that but Japanese women are the most beautiful of all. Not just in appearance but by nature. they are really feminine, something that western women are losing.

    Fairplay.. I totally agree with the poll results. Tokyo is the best city on earth but don't tell everyone or they will ruin it!

  • 1

    tmarie

    **Because a lot of tourists like cities. **

    Great. Osaka and Kobe while you visit Kyoto and Nara.

    I'd also add Nikko to my list. And Fukuoka for those who like cities.

  • 0

    tmarie

    **Because a lot of tourists like cities. **

    Great. Osaka and Kobe while you visit Kyoto and Nara.

    I'd also add Nikko to my list. And Fukuoka for those who like cities.

  • 1

    wipeout

    Great. Osaka and Kobe while you visit Kyoto and Nara. I'd also add Nikko to my list. And Fukuoka for those who like cities.

    None of this is any particular reason why someone shouldn't go to Tokyo. As there are a lot of people who do visit Tokyo and love it, suggesting Fukuoka as an alternative has limited value. It's as pointless as telling someone who'd like to see New York that they'd do better to visit Boston or Cleveland. Or that you should avoid London in favour of Manchester.

    Not everyone shares your determination to avoid Tokyo, and it has a huge amount to offer.

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    BigdaddyJ

    Form what I've read and heard I'd never be bored in Tokyo. The food, shopping, women , riding the trains , roaming the. maze of back streets I can't wait.

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    NathalieB

    You never appreciate what you have until you dont have it anymore. I recently left Tokyo after 11 years (husband posted overseas) and while I have no complaints about where we are now as we have been moved to a particularly lovely part of the world, I miss Tokyo very much. As a place to raise children, to be completely honest, where we are now is much better. But as a visitor, it is a wonderful city with so much to see and do I wouldnt know where to start listing everything. I hope very much that we do return one day, especially once our children are older and they can appreciate the city they were born in.

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    JTDanMan

    Hurray for Tokyo. Hopefully, more tourists will come. Which is good for Japan both economically and culturally. Culturally, because it will expand peoples experience and outlook, which is usually for the better on the whole.

    Still, I cannot agree with the survey. I can think of three cities in Japan that rate better in the five mentioned categories: Kobe, Kyoto and Kumamoto.

    Granted, the last category, "Overall satisfaction" really depends on the person, so I suppose Tokyo really hits the mark if you like J pop culture, clubbing and shopping.

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    MyJT2014

    Well done Japan & Tokyo, bring it on 2020 Olympics games.

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