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20 2014

Survey: Tokyo Tops List of World Cities for Best Overall Experience

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When you return from a trip and someone asks you what your favorite part was, it’s pretty rare that you say “everything!” But in general, you do have a good sense of whether or not a destination really excelled at providing a good experience. And you definitely remember whether a city had standout restaurants, public transportation, or friendly locals.

 

For our second annual World Cities Survey, we compiled responses from over 54,000 travelers who had recently written reviews for featured cities around the world – we looked at things like ease of getting around, cleanliness, helpfulness of locals, and value – to determine which cities offer travelers the best experience.

 

Ranking among the top 10 in 13 (of 16) categories in the Survey, Tokyo comes in as the #1 city for overall experience. It also claimed top spots for helpfulness of locals, taxi service, local public transportation, and cleanliness of streets.

 

New York City, the only U.S. city on the list, came in first for best restaurants and nightlife, and second for best overall experience, shopping and attractions/things to do – which is especially great when you consider that it came in at #30 for value for the money and friendliness of taxis.

 

Other top performers include:

CategoryFirstSecondThird
Helpful localsTokyoCape TownLisbon
Friendliest taxi driversDubrovnikTokyoSingapore
Best taxi servicesTokyoSingaporeDublin
Cleanest streetsTokyoSingaporeBerlin
Ease of getting aroundViennaSingaporeBerlin
Best public transportTokyoViennaBerlin
Best value for moneyBudapestLisbonHanoi
Comfort traveling aloneSingaporeTokyoVienna
Best for shoppingDubaiNew York CityLondon
Best for hotelsDubaiCancunBangkok
Best for restaurantsNew York CityCape TownTokyo
Best for attractionsRomeNew York CityParis
Family-friendlinessStockholmSingaporeCopenhagen
Best for cultureRomeViennaParis
Best for nightlifeNew York CityLondonTokyo
Best overall experienceTokyoNew York CityBarcelona

 

And here are the lowest rankers:

CategoryLast placeSecond lastThird last
Helpful localsMoscowBeijingMarrakech
Friendliest taxi driversMoscowBeijingBrussels
Best taxi servicesMoscowBeijingKuala Lumpur
Cleanest streetsMumbaiMarrakechBangkok
Ease of getting aroundMumbaiPunta CanaMarrakech
Best public transportMarrakechHanoiSharm el Sheikh
Best value for moneyMoscowRio de JaneiroCopenhagen
Comfort traveling alonePunta CanaSharm el SheikhMarrakech
Best for shoppingPunta CanaMoscowRio de Janeiro
Best for hotelsMoscowRio de JaneiroBrussels
Best for restaurantsPunta CanaMoscowMarrakech
Best for attractionsPunta CanaSharm el SheikhMumbai
Family-friendlinessMarrakechMoscowMumbai
Best for cultureSharm el SheikhPunta CanaDubai
Best for nightlifeMarrakechPunta CanaHanoi
Best overall experienceMumbaiPunta CanaMoscow

 

 

What are the best and worst experiences you’ve had in one of the cities above? Let us know below. Or better yet, write a review of a recent experience you had here.

 

Categories: Travel Inspiration, TripAdvisor Surveys

2 thoughts on “Survey: Tokyo Tops List of World Cities for Best Overall Experience

  1. you don’t get out much, visit more countries before you make a list like that, couple of Iraqi cities should have been on it.

  2. I live in Mumbai. I endorse most of your observations about Mumbai. But honestly speaking, one cannot generalise which cities are good or bad. Every city has its own culture, an own life style, set parameters considering the local way of life. So I dont think just because a few hundreds said something good or bad about a destination should be the gospel truth. Any destination is a subjective matter which one cannot generalise.

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