If you’re gasping to ‘get away from it all’ in every single sense, then setting your sights on the Land of the Rising Sun is about as good as it gets. Not only is Tokyo about a million miles away physically, but it’s over the horizon (and then some) culturally, technologically and spiritually too. In other words, all the ingredients you need for one eye-opening and cool-as-heck city break to remember. Here’s how to do Japan's capital in style…
STYLISH CITY: TOKYO
By Chris Sayer, 16 June 2017
Take the Japanese cultural trope of cleanliness, a historically untouchable level of craftsmanship, a little obsession with Americana, and an enthusiasm for technology and minimalism, blend it all up, and you’re staring into the sartorial archetype for Tokyo street style. Teaming up iconic US silhouettes, like this Weekday button-down that looks as if it’s been plucked from a 50s baseball diamond, with techy pieces such as crisp and futuristic adidas Originals Climacool 1s will have you throwing all the right moves. Add in some raw denim jeans and a plain-yet-dead-useful canvas tote, and you'll blend right in.
What’s the measure of a cool city district these days? Incredible coffee, beautiful record stores, mind-blowing eats, brilliant bars and miles of primo fashion label shopping to navigate? The Shibuya 'hood is where to head, then. Fuel up on the epic but head-scratchingly cheap sushi at Daidokoya Shibuya (open until 5am) before spending all your yen on Tokyo Cat Street, home to Opening Ceremony, Patagonia and adidas Originals, or at Shibuya 109, a big mall with more than 100 boutiques to browse through. Oh, and dive into any secondhand stores you come across here – you wouldn’t believe the finds you’ll walk away with. Toast your shopping success any of the miniscule drinking holes of Nonbei Yokocho – a row of tiny bars nicknamed ‘Drunkard’s Alley’. Affectionately, of course.
Tokyo’s not short of weird and/or wonderful 'gram fodder. For an awesome skyline shot, seek out the 40th floor of the Bellovisto. You’ll want to upload (using the free wifi) at The Scramble, too – the famous intersection right outside Shibuya Station. We hope you’ve got insurance on your iPhone, 'cos that thing’s gonna blow up when the double taps start rolling in on your cute-as-heck pic from any of the city’s bonkers cat cafes. The one known as Neko Neko Za on Tokyo Cat Street – where we told you to spend your dough on clothes – doubles up as a home for rescue cats, too.