Kyoto
Kyoto brims with shops hiding alongside narrow streets and centuries-old markets found inside temple gates. Kobo-san and Tenjin-san, the two largest outdoor markets, are excellent for antiques, kimonos, and Japanese street food. Because these markets occur only once a month, they're crowded and lively and fantastic for people-watching. The largest food market in Kyoto, Nishiki Market, is often called “Kyoto’s pantry.” This particular pantry is over 400 years old, and still supplies most of the city's restaurants. Popular department stores such as Takashimaya and Marui tower along the avenue Shijo-dori. And across the Kamo River, near the Yasaka Shrine, small clothing and dining boutiques cater to tourists.