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A building that houses it all, the Shin-Marunouchi Building contains floors of shops, restaurants, and businesses. At a height of 198 meters and 38 stories, this building dominates both the skyline and the retail sector in front of Tokyo Station. The retail zone offers around 150 shops ranging from jewelry, to cosmetics, to men's and women's fashion. The dining options are varied, offering shoppers a selection that includes teahouses, Brazilian barbecue, and the ubiquitous Seven-Eleven. With room for both work and play, the Shin-Marunouchi Building has it all.
Ginza is one of Japan's, and perhaps Asia's, most prestigious shopping areas. Many up-market retail shops have their flagship stores here. Ginza attracts smart and elegant shoppers and office workers as well as students in t-shirts. There are countless wining and dining places to choose from ranging from the reasonable to the outrageously expensive. You can also participate in and enjoy the events which take place in the vibrant district all year round. If you have the money to spend, Ginza should be on your itinerary.
"Monjayaki" is a very unique local food in Tokyo, and there are many Monjayaki restaurants along this street. Originally, Monjayaki was a snack for children and uses a unique batter made from a medley of ingredients, giving it a pancake like consistency. As time passed, it has taken on many different forms and is now known by most Japanese. In Monjayaki restaurants, they serve it uncooked, or partially cooked. If you are unfamiliar with this culinary style, you will be amazed at the cultural differences. Overall, do try out the restaurants on this street if you are feeling adventurous.
Akihabara refers to the eastern side of the Chiyoda section of Tokyo. A vibrant and trendy hub, it is sometimes referred to as the "Electric City" because of the high concentration of stores selling all things electronic. Find the latest video games, gadgets, iPods, and cameras at Yodobashi Akiba, a nine-story flagship store, or peruse the Tokyo Animation Center where you can watch showings and demonstrations on gaming and animation. Almost every shop here deals with electronics, so the possibilities are endless for technology lovers!
This street market was formed after World War 2. At that time, people were short of food, and food and clothes were under a ration system, so people had to have a ration ticket to buy items. However, some people started selling food at this street. They sold items like sugar, jackets and trousers. This street started as black market and eventually became legitimate. Now, many tourist visit Ameya-yokocho from all over the world. You can buy various kinds of things, not only clothes and food, but also uncommon foods and cosmetics here, making it a must visit destination in Tokyo.
No matter when you visit, the Shinjuku district will always be teeming with enthusiastic locals and tourists alike. Shoppers, hipsters, and people in search of a good bar all flock here, so it's no wonder that the busiest railroad station in the world, Shinjuku Station, is located here. Don't forget to visit Japan's oldest department store, the Shinjuku Mitsukoshi Alcott as well. Even if you can't find what you're looking for, you'll have a great time searching for it.
Near Shinjuku station, there are many small restaurants with nostalgic atmospheres. On weekdays, many businessmen who have finished a day's work have supper at this street. There are many kinds of restaurants along this street serving food like yakitori (barbecued chicken on a skewer), ramen, yakiniku (grilled slices of meat) and more. They are all inexpensive and delicious, ideal for a quick bite and drink.
Shibuya is a district in Tokyo that is known for its shopping and fashion. Start the day at the well-known meeting spot, Hachiko Statue, then head down any street to find great stores. Book 1st is a fantastic book store and Mandarake is the perfect place to peruse anime comics or toys. Find a great outfit at Hysteric Glamour or discover a great song at Tower Records. If you have a child, or are a kid at heart, don't miss the Disney Store. However, head to Shibuya 109 if you want to do all of your shopping at once. This impressive mall is located in the middle of the street and is both a landmark and a shopping center.
Shimokitazawa is one of the birthplaces of subculture in Tokyo. This place is especially famous for the second-hand clothing stores, clubs, theaters, and cafes that are typical hot spots in this area. This place guarantees a good time for tourists with never-ending shopping, sightseeing, and dining options. Some of the old cafes have been local favorites for years and still continue to function. You can feel the atmosphere of vintage Tokyo in Shimokitazawa.