Department Store in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

The design of Takashimaya’s flagship store (1933) tips its pillbox hat to New York’s Gilded Age with marble columns, chandeliers and uniformed female elevator operators announcing each floor in high-pitched sing-song voices.

Its 2018-opened Annex building offers a more contemporary selection of fashion and homeware brands as well as a couple of top-quality restaurant floors.

Bring your passport for tax-free purchases of over ¥5000 and to receive a Shopper’s Card, which provides an extra 5% discount on many items if you spend ¥3000 or more.