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Address: 6-14-2 Jingumae, Shibuya Website: www.ragtag.jp Tel: 03-6419-3770

Find books, music, movies, and food at TSUTAYA's T-Site, which some people think is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. It's a place where you can enjoy books and architecture at the same time. The shop's white exterior has a laced "T" letter facade designed by the renowned architectural firm Klein Dytham. Inside, the design is inspired by TSUTAYA'S theme, "A Library in the Woods." We recommend going upstairs and curling up with a book at the Anjin Library & Lounge, which has over 30,000 vintage magazines from the 1960s and 1970s as well as a café. Address: 17-5 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku Website: www.real.tsite.jp  Tel: 03-3770-2525

Address: 8-10-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku Website: www.tokyo-gallery.com Tel: 03-3571-1808

Opened in 2009, Zen Foto Gallery specializes in Asian photography with a particular emphasis on China and creating a bridge between Japan and China. Their intention is to foster greater appreciation of contemporary and historical works of Asian photography. Past exhibits have included leading Chinese photographers Liu Zheng, Wang Ningde, Adou, Moyi and Yang Yankang. Japanese artists who have exhibited at the gallery include Nobuyoshi Araki, Kazuo Kitai, Tamiko Nishimura, and Mao Ishikawa. Zen Foto also has a selection of rare secondhand classic Japanese photography books and vintage prints of Ihei Kimura, Seiryu Inoue, Iwata Nakayama and more. Address: 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku Website: www.zen-foto.jp Tel: 03-6804-1708

Address: 2-14-2 Suido, Bunkyo-ku Website: www.waitingroom.jp Tel: 03-3476-1010

Fashion, miscellaneous goods, exhibitions, furniture, books, art, and a café can be found at la kagū. Located in an old book warehouse renovated by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma, this lifestyle store is full of enviable items. Following the concept "revalue," la kagū communicates a lifestyle in “food, clothing, shelter and knowledge” that seeks to discover the value of “old things” and “things to be continuously treasured,” without being influenced by trends. Old and new are beautifully fused in this space. Address: 67 Yaraicho, Shinjuku Website: www.lakagu.com Tel: 03-5227-6977

IMA is a 500m2 concept store with the tagline "living with photographers." The space welcomes the works of many celebrated photographers and artists from around the world. Exhibitors conduct workshops and events. There are sections dedicated to books, rare books, shopping, food, and art. How much: Free Address: 5-17-1 Roppongi Website: www.imaonline.jp

Bunkamura's art spaces host upwards of 30 exhibitions a year. The aim is to expose people to art, inspiring and instilling a profound appreciation. Recent museum exhibits have included work by Chagall, Kandinsky, Arcimboldo, and Klee. In the galleries, an annual Art Bazaar takes place that has featured work by Yayoi Kusama, Kazuo Chiba, and other talents. This space also has an art-house cinema, theatre spaces, boutiques, and restaurants. Address: 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku Website: www.bunkamura.co