To see where trends are born, brace yourself and head to Ichi-Maru-Kyu. Just over 100 trendy brands fill ten stories — each with its own team of sales girls fully committed to a head-to-toe look (think back-up dancer, country romantic, mountaineer). All compete for the attention of thousands of high schoolers who come for the fashion frenzy each day.
The payoff for walking down this dark alley is international impresario Andre Savaira's Parisian import which often plays host to magazine parties and launch events. Give the calendar a glance before heading over to avoid being shut out. As to be expected, sharp dressers have a good shot at getting in the door.
The antidote for the sensory overload brought on by smokey pachinko parlors and cheesecake crepe-wielding kawaii girls: a visit to the century-old, 175-acre Shinto shrine in the heart of the city. Breathe in 365 varieties of evergreen trees before diving back into the urban jungle for more.
The stuff of legends. Wake before the sun comes up to see chefs from near and far bid on the catch of the day followed by a fresh fish feast for breakfast. Only 120 people are let in each morning. If you make the trip but miss the cut-off, wait on line at the perpetually mobbed Sushi Dai or Daiwa-Zushi, both in row six inside the open-air wholesale market. The landmark is moving to larger digs (to make way for the Olympics) in November, so be sure to check the new address.