Why is this Japan’s worst city?
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Why is this Japan’s worst city?

JAPAN is home to some of the world’s most iconic cities; offering the bustling modernity of Tokyo right down to the peaceful, old-fashioned charm of Kyoto. But there’s one unlucky town that strikes a bum note with locals and is repeatedly named Japan’s least favourite city.

A recent survey found that Japanese residents believe Nagoya to be the least appealing among all of the country’s cities.

The survey gathered responses from 3,344 participants ranging in age from of 20 and 64, all of whom had lived in one of the cities for at least five years, SoraNews24 reported.

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Located in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya is the largest city in the Chūbu region of Japan and Japan’s third-largest incorporated city and the fourth-most-populous urban area.

However, it finished at the bottom of the list for the most appealing city (3.5 percent of the respondents) and on top of the list for the least appealing city (31.9 percent of the respondents).


The city skyline of Nagoya, Japan. Source: Shutterstock.

This is not the first time that Nagoya has ended up with less impressive results in a survey. A previous survey, which ran in 2016, also resulted in the city coming out last on the list.

Why aren’t the Japanese fans of Nagoya?

Other cities in Japan have high-profile attractions which could easily overshadow anything that Nagoya has to offer. Tokyo has the Tokyo Skytree, Kyoto has the Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Yokohama has the annual Pikachu Outbreak.

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When asked about what made Nagoya appealing, the most common response (33.1 percent of the respondents) was “Nagoya Castle.”

The second-most common answer (28.1 percent of the respondents) was “I can’t really think of anything.”


The beautiful Nagoya Castle in Nagoya, Japan. Source: Shutterstock.

But Nagoya has more surprises up its sleeve than you’d expect.

For example, aside from the beautiful Nagoya Castle right smack in the middle of the city, Nagoya is also known for being a gastronomical adventure, serving up local specialties like tebasaki chicken wings and tonkatsu pork cutlets.

It also boasts the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, a museum tracing history of Toyota vehicles, with chronological displays of rare and classic cars.

And when the highly anticipated Studio Ghibli theme park opens in Nagakute in 2022, Nagoya will be the closest largest city to the park.


A night out on the colorful streets of Nagoya, Japan. Source: Shutterstock.

Meanwhile, the city that was voted the most appealing was surprisingly not Tokyo.

22.8 percent of the survey respondents voted for Sapporo, the capital of the mountainous northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Sapporo is notably famous for its beer, skiing, and the annual Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan’s most popular winter events featuring enormous ice sculptures and snow art.

Tokyo came in second on the list with 22.4 of the respondents voting in favor while Kyoto snagged the third spot with 18.1 percent of the respondents casting their votes for the former Japanese capital.

This article originally appeared on our sister site Travel Wire Asia.

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