Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto recognized as the #1, #2 and #3 best big cities in the world, respectively.
More than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot about the places they can’t wait to return to next. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. The full list of winners can be found here.
“We are beyond honored to receive this recognition from Condé Nast Traveler readers from all over the world,” says Michiaki Yamada, Executive Director of the New York Office of the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO). “After a turbulent year due to the pandemic, the results of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards show the anticipation and excitement that travelers have to return to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun.”
Japan was also recognized as the #3 country in the world in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards. These two recognitions come on the heels of Japan hosting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In July, UNESCO registered multiple legendary locations in Japan, bringing the country’s total Heritage Sites to 25. 2021 also saw a few iconic new hotel openings in the country such as Wanoi Kakunodate, Treeful Treehouse Sustainable Resort, NIPPONIA Shirataka and many more.