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Japanese Cities of Tokyo and Kyoto Recognized with CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER's 2017 READERS' CHOICE AWARD


"#1 & #3 Top Large Cities in the World"



October 17, 2017 - Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 30th annual Readers' Choice Awards with Tokyo recognized as the #1 top large city in the world, with a score of 91.35, and Kyoto recognized as the #3 top large city in the world, with a score of 88.98.

"This recognition from Condé Nast's readership is a testament to the growing North American passion for Japanese destinations," stated Ken Iwata, JNTO New York's Executive Director. "JNTO will continue and further its effort to inspire people to visit Japan, including hidden gems of less-traveled areas such as Setouchi."

Over 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines, and 195 airports.

One of the most popular cities in the world, Japan’s capital city of Tokyo is a thriving center of culture and the hub of innovation where visitors travel with endless opportunities for diverse activities. A recent addition to the list is Yayoi Kusama Museum, which opened on October 1st and has already become quite popular. Visitors to Tokyo can make even accommodations a unique experience by staying at the most futuristic Henn-na Hotel/ Weird Hotel, the world’s only hotel that is run entirely by robots.


Two hours on a bullet train from Tokyo, Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, offers rich history throughout the city. The region has been responding to the ever-increasing popularity among travelers to Japan by making more cultural destinations open to the public, including the Kyoto Imperial Palace, one of the most historical architectural treasures in Japan's oldest city. More than a dozen UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kyoto are also tourist accessible.


The Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as "the best of the best of travel." Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers' Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today's travelers.

The Readers' Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 24, 2017. The full list is published exclusively online, at

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About Condé Nast Traveler
As the most discerning, up-to-the-minute voice in all things travel, Condé Nast Traveler is the global citizen's bible and muse, offering both inspiration and vital intel. Condé Nast Traveler is the most trusted and celebrated name in travel with 6 National Magazine Award wins and 26 nominations in its 28-year history. Advertising Age named Pilar Guzmán Editor of the Year in 2014 and attained 4 Webby Awards since 2015. 

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