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This tree-lined avenue is the venue of Haute Couturiers - big names like Paul Stewart and Hanae Mori work side by side with street vendors selling Mexican silver and hand-painted porcelain. European-style cafes with French names populate the area, and cater to the wealthy clientele. This area is where the rich and beautiful walk their expensive, designer dogs. In short, Omotesando has often drawn comparison with the Parisian street of Champs-Élysées and strolling through this lush avenue, you will find that it is not an exaggeration.
Akihabara enthusiasts are always in search of the latest technological products during their stay in Japan. So, if you're wandering around trying to find them, check out the electronics-filled interiors of Bic Camera AKIBA. At a sizable 7 floors of consumer electronics, the shopping center has something for everyone, and great customer service to help you find it! As one of the biggest stores devoted to products of this kind, it should be on every tourist's list for Akihabara. Travelers can take advantage of the duty-free specials for products over JPY10,000 on the second floor, which specializes in cameras and other related goods.
Symbolized by the 54-story Mori Tower, Roppongi Hills is a mega complex that incorporates upscale shops, restaurants, a movie theater, a museum, and an observatory. Part of an ongoing process to reshape the image of Roppongi, this project has helped to create a classier side of this city, which is notorious for its undesirable nightlife elements on the weekends. The diversity of entertainment at this site provides an ideal place for families and friends to spend the day, and offers enough splendor for the casual tourist who is looking to experience modern Tokyo.
The playful and trendy Harajuku district attracts many young locals and tourists searching for modern Japanese pop culture. As such, Takeshita Street emulates a large expression of that teenage culture with a wide variety of nestled shops located on the crowded street. Clothing establishments make up the most of the stores, where visitors are bombarded by colorful and stylish designs such as gothic/maid costumes. Accessory and specialty shops also have a great presence here and help add those final touches for a comprehensive shopping experience. Make sure to try out some delicious crepes while taking a break -there are plenty to choose from!
This branch of Takashimaya is the largest department store in Japan. Much brighter and more modern than the Nihonbashi branch, it feels more like a huge, classy shopping mall. Inside are three restaurant floors, a Sega amusement center, an Imax theater and the famous Tokyu Hands hardware store. With an annex building housing the Kinokuniya Bookstore as well as all the Japanese gift items you could ever need, it is not surprising that Takashimaya has become a favorite with foreigners and locals alike.