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Takashimaya, Chuo-ku

2-4-1 Nihonbashi
Japan 103-8265
Tel: 81 3 3211 4111's insider take:

As one of Japan's oldest (and most historic) department stores, Takashimaya offers as much to look at inside as outside. The Nihonbashi location, which first opened in 1933 and was designated an important cultural property in 2009 for its Showa-period design, features everything from Gucci bags to fist-size dumplings on its 11 floors. Besides the big-name designers, whose wares populate the marble-lined second floor, there is a nail bar for midday touch-ups, an "indigo bar" for customizable jeans, and a basement full of stalls with mouthwatering meal options and culinary souvenirs like gourmet sesame seeds or tins of Ippodo tea. If the weather is nice, have one of the uniformed elevator attendants take you up to the roof, where there is a garden café.—Rebecca Willa Davis

Open daily 10 am to 8 pm.

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