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Food wonderlands of the world

Step into a delicious reality with these fantastic food fantasylands, a dreamy world of candy apples, whirling spices and chocolate chip cookie dough.
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The depachika of Tokyo

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Each department store is crammed with shops carrying a dizzying array of high-quality groceries, perfect for a quick picnic lunch or a snack before hopping the train to the airport.
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Kyoto's living art of the geisha

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Catching a glimpse of a geisha, with her white face and brilliant kimono, scurrying to an appointment in the narrow streets of Kyoto’s Gion district is a moment of pure magic.
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Kaiseki-ryori: Japanese haute cuisine

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The zenith of Japanese gastronomy is kaiseki-ryōri, whose origins stem from the imperial court and which synthesises harmony, balance and an appreciation of the moment.
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Shibuya: Tokyo's best night out

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The towering department stores, music venues, dance clubs and all-you-can-eat dessert cafés cater to the city’s twenty-somethings.
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The big business of Japan’s pachinko parlours

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Despite Japan’s strict gambling laws, pachinko, a pinball derivative played by millions of people, is a national obsession generating 30 trillion yen profit a year.
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