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Things to do in Tokyo

Tokyo is an enormous city filled with ancient temples and palaces. The Temple of Senso-ji honors Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. While the statue is not on public display, the beauty of the temple itself makes the trip worthwhile. Senso-ji, meanwhile, is right across from Nakamise-dori, a street lined with craftspeople selling their wares.

Another Tokyo icon is the grand Imperial Palace. It's in the very center of the city and was actually built to replace the original, which was destroyed during World War II. The emperor of Japan and his family still live there and so it is only open to the public on January 2nd and December 23rd (the emperor's birthday). Book ahead to tour the spectacular imperial grounds.

But one of the greatest pleasures here is simply exploring the city on foot, not only wandering into Buddhist temples but also into funky boutiques, noodle shops, and farther-flung residential neighborhoods. Fashion is a huge part of the culture here and you can find some of the more cutting-edge getups on Harajuku's Takeshita Street where people play dress up to a delightful extreme.

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    Established in 1560, Aritsugu is famous the world over for its high-quality knives. This Tsukiji Market shop is a branch of the original 16th-centu... More
  • Bar Chocolat

    The pastry boutique was designed by Wonderwall, the cutting edge design firm behing Uniqlo stores. More
  • Buchi

    The dark, designy, one-person deep standing bar sells single servings of sake in little jars to keep the sake fresh. More
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    Escape the throngs of Ginza shoppers at this sleekly modern tearoom and shop. In the third-story tearoom, minimalist-white with skylights overhead,... More
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    Occupying the 45th and 47th floors of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, the Club on the Park is a full-service spa open exclusively to hotel guests and private... More
  • Daimaru

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  • Dog

    Hidden away in the basement of an office bulding on the fringes of Harajuku, Dog is a literally an underground fashion spot, a hodge-podge of low-c... More
  • Dog's Care Joker

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  • F.I.L. Tokyo

    F.I.L (shorthand for Free International Laboratory) is the boutique of Berlin-based, Japanese fashion designer Hiroki Nakamura and his visvim cloth... More
  • Ginza Hands

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  • Gucci Café

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  • h.NAOTO Laforet Harajuku

    Don't miss this sprawling mall known for cutting-edge Japanese labels. More
  • Hakuhinkan Toy Park

    Once the largest toy store in Tokyo, this century-old shop is still home to one of the most impressive toy collections in the city. Opened in 1899,... More
  • Hidemi Sugino

    Sugino's creations are baked daily in minuscule quantities, which qualifies them as gentei (limited-edition) and thus extra-desireable. More

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