Shopping doesn't have to be a chore and it doesn't necessitate forced pleasantries with anxious salesmen. The best places to shop are the places that are densely stocked with goods that sell themselves. Some of these spots are stores or neighborhoods full of stores and some of them are acres covered in haphazardly constructed stalls. The only thing that all of the world's best shopping destinations have in common is stuff that you'd want to buy.
Why to Go: Tokyo's more famous shopping districts (Shibuya, Ginza) are thick with neon and even thicker with teenage window-shoppers. Not so in the Daikanyama District, which brings refinement to the celebrated Japanese art of trend chasing. Full of boutiques like Aoyama (Eighties futurist clothes) and T-Site (a bookstore) that appeal to western tastes, and punctuated by parks and high-end eateries, Daikanyama has both style and peace on offer.
What to Buy: Head to Tenugui for traditional dyed hand towels. It might sound strange, but the Japanese know their way around a towel.
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