Daikanyama, Tokyo
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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.