Michigan State University


Benjamin Hall

“...if I had to eat one city’s food for the rest of my life, every day. It would have to be Tokyo, and I think the majority of chefs you ask that question would answer the same way.” - Anthony Bourdain

Based on 2018 international arrivals data, Tokyo [Japan] ranks 17th on the 'Top 100 City Destinations' reported by Euromonitor. Osaka (#28), Kyoto (#67), Chiba (#86), and Fukuoka (#93) also fared well this year. 

According to Euromonitor, "Tokyo has benefited from several years of record-breaking inbound arrivals to Japan." With the 2020 Olympic Games next year, Tokyo is poised to continue this trajectory into 2021 and perhaps beyond.

Quick Facts

  • Disney Resorts, including the theme parks Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, represent the overwhelming perennial draw to Tokyo, attracting over 80,000 visitors per day.
  • Per the UITP Observatory of Automated Metros, Tokyo is the busiest metro system in the world, with 179 stations and roughly 7 million daily riders.
  • In the 12th edition of the Tokyo Michelin Guide (2019), Tokyo is the city with the highest number of starred restaurants in the world, with 230. 

Tokyo also ranks high in bookstores, safety, creativitiy, livability, reputation...

“If you go to Tokyo, I think it becomes very obvious that there’s this almost seamless mixture of popular culture and Japanese traditional culture.” - Kazuo Ishiguro

To learn more about Tokyo, Japan, as well as consumer trends, country business dynamics, and more: visit Passport GMID

Tokyo Japan City Skyline by Derrick Brutel is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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