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November 2, 2017
Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Tokyo Elected the Best City in the World for Second Consecutive Year

by Readers of US-based Condé Nast Traveler in annual Readers' Choice Awards

Tokyo was once again elected Number 1 in the Best Cities in the World category of Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards. The popular US-based magazine for discerning travelers featured Tokyo at the top of their list, which ranks cities outside of the United States.
The city's top ranking may be attributed to a number of initiatives, including tourism promotion programs and enhanced support for travelers visiting Tokyo, which were achieved through cooperative efforts between the government and the private sector.
Tokyo is working to become the world's leading tourist destination, further developing its appeal as a city where tradition and innovation meet.

Comments from Governor Koike Regarding the Tokyo's Selection

See attachement.

2017 The Best Cities in the World Top 20

*Note: The 2016 ranking follows in parentheses

  1. Tokyo, Japan (1)
  2. Vienna, Austria (10)
  3. Kyoto, Japan (2)
  4. Barcelona, Spain (9)
  5. Paris, France (11)
  6. Sydney, Australia (12)
  7. Madrid, Spain (27)
  8. Vancouver, Canada (6)
  9. Rome, Italy (15)
  10. Munich, Germany (38)
  11. Budapest, Hungary (22)
  12. Amsterdam, Netherlands (25)
  13. Singapore (16)
  14. Melbourne, Australia (14)
  15. London, England (13)
  16. Istanbul, Turkey (24)
  17. Bangkok, Thailand (–)
  18. Hong Kong, China (23)
  19. Cape Town, South Africa (36)
  20. Mexico City, Mexico (–)


Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs,
Tourism Policy Division,
Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Phone:+81-3-5320-4723 (Inquiries in Japanese only)