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ST OR Y Mike MacEacheran

                                                                                                   TOKYO MUST-DOS
                                                                                                     Meet your favourite
                                                                                                  characters from acclaimed
                                                                                                   Japanese animator Hayao
                                                                                                    Miyazaki’s films at the
                                                                                                      Ghibli Museum.

                                                                                                   Delve deep into the art of
                                                                                                   Japan’s legendary, lethal
                                                                                                  assassins at the Ninja Trick
                                                                                                    House, where you can
                                                                                                   try wielding katanas and
                                                                                                     flinging shurikens.
                                                                                                     Pore over detailed
                                                                                                   miniature models of the
                                                                                                    Edo, Meiji and Showa
                                                                                                   periods at the Edo-Tokyo
                                                                                                    Museum, as well as a
                                                                                                    life-size replica of the
                                                                                                     Nihonbashi bridge.

               combine to form a memorable   crosswalks converge, and it’s
               shopping and people-watching   believed that more than 2,500
               experience. Try to guess   pedestrians cross every two
               which pop culture characters   minutes. It’s not to be missed.
               the wacky cosplay crowd
               are dressed as. For higher-  Night
               end international labels,   In Shinjuku’s Golden Gai, a
               make a beeline for tree-lined   low-slung dive bar hides four
               Omotesando Avenue.         seats and a piano. Next door, a
                                          rock club features a zeitgeist-
               Afternoon                  defining menu dedicated to
               Shibuya, with its dazzling   American craft beer. Tokyo
               skyscrapers, larger-than-  turned to these speakeasies for
               life shopping malls and    shochu (rice wine) and liquor-
             IMAGES CLICKPHOTOS; ISTOCK; JNTO  is a lot to take in. But for most   War II. And while some of the
               ridiculously busy train station,
                                          fuelled nightlife after World
               visitors, the singular draw
                                          bars are open only to locals,
                                          there are plenty of foreigner-
               is the mesmerising Shibuya
                                          friendly places. Follow your
               Crossing. Said to be the world’s
               busiest intersection, it’s where
                                          nose and see where the night
                                          takes you.
               10 lanes of traffic and five
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