More than 100,000 votes have been cast, and the winner has been revealed.

Condé Nast Traveler received 100,000 votes from their readers about their favourite cities in the world, and now the results have been released in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards survey.

Sadly, the best city in the world isn’t Brisbane — although it is quite convenient for Brisbanites to get to.

Tokyo has taken out top spot this year, a dramatic increase from its 15th place finish in 2015.

The real surprise, of course, is how Tokyo polled so low last year, because it really is one of the great cities of the world. Condé Nast Traveler praised it for its contradictions — for the way that ultramodern skyscrapers sit alongside historic temples and beautiful forests, and somehow, it all makes sense.

It’s also a pretty great place to grab a meal, considering it boasts more Michelin stars than any other place on earth.

Qantas has run daily flights from Brisbane to Tokyo since last August.

Apparently, the world fell in love with Japan in a big way over the last 12 months, because Kyoto finished second. The former capital of Japan has been remarkably well-preserved, and is home to roughly 1,600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shinto shrines, and nearly 100 Michelin-starred restaurants.

Although Brisbane didn’t manage to crack the top 40, two Australian cities did — Melbourne came in at number 14, and Sydney finished even higher at number 12.

Since the poll was conducted by an American publication and intended as a celebration of cities around the world, voters weren’t allowed to select American cities. (So, if you really think New York should have been ranked ahead of Tokyo, there’s your explanation.)

The best cities in the world, as voted by Condé Nast Traveler readers

  1. Tokyo, Japan
  2. Kyoto, Japan
  3. Florence, Italy
  4. Lucerne, Switzerland
  5. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  6. Vancouver, BC, Canada
  7. Victoria, BC, Canada
  8. Salzburg, Austria
  9. Barcelona, Spain
  10. Vienna, Austria
  11. Paris, France
  12. Sydney, Australia
  13. London, England
  14. Melbourne, Australia
  15. Rome, Italy
  16. Singapore
  17. Tel Aviv, Israel
  18. Quebec City, Canada
  19. Nuremberg, Germany
  20. Venice, Italy
  21. Stockholm, Sweden
  22. Budapest, Hungary
  23. Hong Kong, China
  24. Istanbul, Turkey
  25. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  26. Bruges, Belgium
  27. Madrid, Spain
  28. Jeruselem, Israel
  29. Zurich, Switzerland
  30. Edinburgh, Scotland
  31. Copenhagen, Denmark
  32. Prague, Czech Republic
  33. Lisbon, Portugal
  34. Dublin, Ireland
  35. Seoul, South Korea
  36. Cape Town, South Africa
  37. Toronto, Canada
  38. Munich, Germany
  39. Montreal, Canada
  40. Cologne, Germany

Do you think Tokyo deserved the top spot? Have your say in the comments below!

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