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Nishiki Market (錦市場 (京都錦小路商店街))

Day 8: Stroll through Nishiki Market, Kyoto's kitchen, to break up the incredible temples and gardens www.boutiquejapan.com

If you want to bring a smile to the faces of your little ones whilst in Tokyo, take them here: KiddyLand (Harajuku). The multistorey toy emporium is the last word on kawaii (cute): it’s packed to the rafters with toys and character goods, including favourites like Hello Kitty and Studio Ghibli. #toys ~ More Tokyo tips here: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/campaigns/study-tokyo/tokyo.php

Paris has Eiffel Tower, Tokyo has Tokyo Tower, and Osaka has Tsūtenkaku ("Tower Reaching Heaven"). On the fifth floor observation deck is enshrined Billiken, the God of Happiness or "things as they ought to be" and a popular symbol of good luck. Each year thousands of visitors place a coin in his donation box and rub the soles of his feet to make their wishes come true.