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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m Fa l l 2 0 1 8 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 57 Akihabara Electronic Town Pre-Internet, this was the motherlode of cheap electronics. Today it is still a treasure trove for gadget seekers. e district ini- tially rose out of Japan's need to sell off surplus radio equipment after World War II. Visit the eight-story Yodobashi Camera Store, perhaps the larg- est electronics store in the world, or just walk around and enjoy the skyscrapers covered in ads. e Tokyo Anime Center, located on the fourth floor of the UDX Building, is a must-see for anime fans. Lunch at a Department Store Yep, department store basements are the place to go for a delicious lunch—and simply ogling the mindboggling selection of foodstuffs. is is also where the locals go. ey even have a name: depachika. You can find a wide range of offerings: high- end teas, exquisite French pastries, and a beautifully boxed single mango that sells for around $150. Here are two stores to try. Mitsukoshi, the oldest of Tokyo's department stores, has several locations. e Ginza branch is said to be best. Isetan contains an upscale depachika with plenty of free samples— and a good selection of single-malt whiskies, for that lunch that extends into happy hour. Adventurous Accommodations Grab your sweetheart and stay in a love hotel. It's just what it sounds like—a place to check in and get groovy. e love hotel is a response to Japan's extended-family living situation and the need of couples for a private afternoon. You'll have to be brave. Very few of these places have English-speaking staff, but all you do is point at the room you want from a display in the lobby. e Hotel Grand Chariot had impressive mood lighting and even a "holding pillow" to suppress those groans of pleasure. Prices depend on the time of day and how long the stay. ey start at around $45 for two hours in the afternoon. Consider staying in a ryokan. is tradi- tional inn includes communal bathing fa- cilities (think hot tub and spa; your room will have its own bathroom), to which you will wear the provided traditional yukata robe and mingle (sans robe) with the locals. e cost can range from basic to luxury and usually includes a bountiful breakfast and dinner. DW ISTOCKPHOTO Tokyo Stepping Out Shibuya Crossing (top); Senso-ji temple DW Life > By Er ika Mailman T okyo's charm is both in its an- cient magic and in its cosmopolitan modernity. It began in the late 12th century as a fishing village called Edo; today the capital is home to 9.2 million people and, by some counts, is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. roughout this eye-popping city of many innovations, you can find touches of its history, such as remnants of the Edo Cas- tle, built in 1457, now incorporated into the Tokyo Imperial Palace. On a visit to Tokyo, you'll want to en- joy the spectacular views from one of the world's tallest towers. e Tokyo Skytree is 634 meters (2,080 feet) high. It con- tains shops, restaurants, a round movie theater, and more. Senso-ji Tokyo's oldest temple dates to 628 CE, when a structure was founded to house a golden statue found by two brothers in their fishing nets. e temple became a popular pilgrimage site. Inside the temple gates you will see, among other things, a 10th-century five-story pagoda. Direct incense smoke from the ablution fountain onto any part of your body that hurts. According to legend, you'll be healed.

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