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Asakusa was once Tokyo’s top entertainment district, and today it's still crowded with locals and travelers visiting one of Tokyo's most famous sites, Senso-ji. Heavily damaged during World War II and ultimately rebuilt, Senso-ji is the city's oldest Buddhist temple, dating to 645 C.E. Asakusa’s neighboring district, Ginza, arose in the 16th century in a former swamp, but looking at it today, you’d never guess—it’s Tokyo’s glitziest neighborhood. Check out the Wako Department Store, in a stately 1932 neo-Renaissance-style building, as well as boutiques from some of Japan's and the world's leading contemporary architects: Hermès (designed by Renzo Piano), Louis Vuitton (Jun Aoki) and Mikimoto (Toyo Ito).

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