Can’t Decide Where to go Next? TripAdvisor Might Help you Narrow it Down

A survey of more than 54,000 travellers by TripAdvisor has revealed that Tokyo, Japan offers the world’s best tourist experience, while India’s Mumbai offers the worst.

TripAdvisor, which operates in 39 countries, picked 37 major cities and asked its users to evaluate them based on their travel experience on a scale of 0 to 10. The survey was sent out to the users who had previously posted a review on the site.

Tokyo beat out New York and Barcelona as the city with “the best overall experience” and ranked among the top 10 in 13 out of the 16 sections in the survey, and topped 5 of them, including the categories “helpful locals,” “best taxi services,” and “cleanest streets.”

While scoring just over 9 for “best overall experience,” Tokyo’s lowest rating was 7.02 for “best value for money,” leaving it in 20th place in that category. Of the 37 cities surveyed, Mumbai ranked lowest in the best overall experience category with 7.13, trailing the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana score of 7.32 and Moscow’s 7.55. Below is the chart of the top and worst performers in this survey:

Overall Top Performers:

Category First Place Second place Third place
Helpful locals Tokyo Cape Town Lisbon
Friendliest taxi drivers Dubrovnik Tokyo Singapore
Best taxi services Tokyo Singapore Dublin
Cleanest streets Tokyo Singapore Berlin
Ease of getting around Vienna Singapore Berlin
Best public transport Tokyo Vienna Berlin
Best value for money Budapest Lisbon Hanoi
Comfort traveling alone Singapore Tokyo Vienna
Best for shopping Dubai New York City London
Best for hotels Dubai Cancun Bangkok
Best for restaurants New York City Cape Town Tokyo
Best for attractions Rome New York City Paris
Family-friendliness Stockholm Singapore Copenhagen
Best for culture Rome Vienna Paris
Best for nightlife New York City London Tokyo
Best overall experience Tokyo New York City Barcelona

Overall Low Rankers:

Category Last place Second last Third last
Helpful locals Moscow Beijing Marrakech
Friendliest taxi drivers Moscow Beijing Brussels
Best taxi services Moscow Beijing Kuala Lumpur
Cleanest streets Mumbai Marrakech Bangkok
Ease of getting around Mumbai Punta Cana Marrakech
Best public transport Marrakech Hanoi Sharm el Sheikh
Best value for money Moscow Rio de Janeiro Copenhagen
Comfort traveling alone Punta Cana Sharm el Sheikh Marrakech
Best for shopping Punta Cana Moscow Rio de Janeiro
Best for hotels Moscow Rio de Janeiro Brussels
Best for restaurants Punta Cana Moscow Marrakech
Best for attractions Punta Cana Sharm el Sheikh Mumbai
Family-friendliness Marrakech Moscow Mumbai
Best for culture Sharm el Sheikh Punta Cana Dubai
Best for nightlife Marrakech Punta Cana Hanoi
Best overall experience Mumbai Punta Cana Moscow


The news will serve as a welcome boost for the Japanese government as it looks to attract 20 million foreign visitors to the country per year by 2020 and 30 million by 2030. Japan managed to top 10 million foreign visitors for the first time in 2013.

Picture by Moyan Brenn on Flickr



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