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Most Livable Cities in the World 2017 Edition

Rankings Tokyo Kyoto Fukuoka Kanto Kansai Kyushu

For the past 11 years, British-based lifestyle magazine Monocle has published a ranking of the most livable cities in the world. The evaluations in the annual Quality of Life Survey draw from factors such as transportation infrastructure, cultural activities, cuisine, housing costs, abundance of public spaces and business startup climate.

Germany has the most entries on the 2017 list, with four of its cities making the cut. However, Japan was close behind with three cities in the top 25, including the top spot overall.

Coming in at number 14 is Fukuoka, the largest city on the southwest island of Kyushu, which won its spot thanks to its educational institutions, entrepreneur-friendly economic environment and seaside location.

A couple of slots higher on the list, at number 12, was Kyoto. Long a darling of the global community for its historical heritage and beautiful architecture, Monocle also cited the city’s rich food culture, with locally-sourced produce getting a special mention.

And finally, at the top of rankings, just as it was in 2016 and 2015, is Tokyo. The continued admiration for Japan’s capital in Monocle’s list stems from its ability to mix “small-town warmth and big city excitement.” While not every resident would call Tokyo “warm,” there’s no denying that Tokyo’s extremely unique neighborhoods form a massive continual chain of discovery and new experiences.

Monocle also spoke of Tokyo’s amazing dining options and eminently reliable, low-stress public transportation, securing the win for a city the magazine said “should be…unbearably crowded,” but is instead an excellent place to live.

To see the full listing of all the top 25 cities, click on the full story from RocketNews24 below.

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