Tokyo Tops List of "20 Best Cities On The Planet"

And San Francisco is not even mentioned...

Confirming what every otaku has long since known, Tokyo has just hit the number one spot on a new survey listing the 20 Best Cities on the Planet (by which they mean this one, Earth…).


That’s according to the IESE Business School in Spain who released their annual Cities in Motion Index yesterday, which gave Tokyo top marks for “impressive public management, technology, economy, and the ability to attract talent from all over the world.”


Ramen, tonkatsu, Akihabara, Nakano Broadway, and Harajuku are not mentioned, but you better believe those count just as much (at least to me, anyways).


As explains:

To establish the ranking, researchers studied 135 cities across 55 countries, and based their results on over 50 indicators along 10 different dimensions including governance, public management, urban planning, technology, environment, international outreach, social cohesion, mobility and transportation, human capital (ability to attract talent), and economy.

Don’t believe them? Take a look at this super scientific and actual factual graph from the IESE!


 Here’s the whole the list of THE 20 BEST CITIES ON THE PLANET from top to bottom


  1. Tokyo
  2. London
  3. New York
  4. Zurich
  5. Paris
  6. Geneva
  7. Basel
  8. Osaka
  9. Seoul
  10. Oslo
  11. Philadelphia
  12. Los Angeles
  13. Dallas
  14. Copenhagen
  15. Eindhoven
  16. Amsterdam
  17. Sidney
  18. Stockholm
  19. Chicago
  20. Baltimore


I have to admit it’s kind of shocking that San Francisco, where Crunchyroll makes its home, is not even on the list given the amount of interest and money that’s been poured into the City by the Bay of late. Plus, our Mexican food can easily beat Tokyo’s…maybe next year, then?




Patrick Macias is editor in chief of Crunchyroll News. He is also the editor of Otaku USA magazine. Check out his rather amazing Tumblr at

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