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Saturday 30 August 2014

Tokyo is voted best city in the world to visit... Moscow is worst.

TripAdvisor Survey names Japanese capital the world's best city, with no Irish city on either list.

Published 28/05/2014 | 08:28

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surreal view of Yokohama and Mt. Fuji
TripAdvisor's 2014 Cities Survey - Top performing cities - Tokyo
Times Square at night, Manhattan, New York, USA
TripAdvisor's 2014 Cities Survey - Top performing cities New York
Eiffel Tower
TripAdvisor's 2014 Cities Survey - Top performing cities Paris

It may have a rich history and a dominant role in world politics, but Moscow gets a spanking in the latest TripAdvisor survey.

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Visitors planning a city break to the Russian capital should expect locals to be unfriendly, the hotels to be awful, a scarcity of shops and for everything there is to be wildly overpriced.

According to the annual Cities Survey from TripAdvisor, which collates the opinions of more than 54,000 travellers to the top 37 urban tourist destinations around the world, Moscow came in last place in a competition-beating five review categories.

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Though on the topic of “best overall experience” it only came third-last, the city was second-last for family-friendliness, restaurants and shopping, and rock bottom for helpful locals, taxi services and drivers, value for money and hotels.

Mumbai was actually voted the worst city for overall experience, despite only coming last on clean streets and ease of getting around – clearly categories which weigh highly on the minds of reviewers.

And second-last was the picturesque city of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, presumably because there is little else to do beyond admiring the view.

It seems Ireland is in the middle of the pack: no  Irish cities made either the best or worst cities lists.

The survey did also rank the cities that came out top in each category, with Tokyo crowned the best destination for tourists overall (see gallery above for the rest of the top 10).

Other high ranking cities included Singapore, which was number one for comfort traveling alone and second for taxi service, cleanliness of streets, ease of getting around and family-friendliness; Rome, which topped the list of things to do and culture; and Dubai, first for shopping and hotels.

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