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It's hard to believe that in the world's largest metropolis you can find a forest of some 100,000 trees, but so you will in the stillness of the Meiji Shrine. It's dedicated to the emperor credited with bringing Japan into the modern world in a matter of mere decades in the late 19th century.
Just outside is Harajuku station, where you can view tomorrow's youth fashions on Takeshita-dori or woodblock prints of yesteryear at the small Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum. Or just stroll the tree-lined boulevard Omote-Sando, where couture boutiques inhabit buildings designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects that include Tadao Ando (Omote-Sando Hills), Kenzo Tange (Hanae Mori Building), Fumihiko Maki (Spiral Building) and Herzog and de Meuron (Prada), as well as landmark buildings for Christian Dior, Tod's and Japan's own Comme des Garçons.