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When first greeted by Tokyo’s Blade Runner-esque cityscape, you can be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into the future. Get acquainted with the city’s newest trends and you’ll see that they’re not living in the future; we’re just living in the past.

The Westin Tokyo
Escape the neon lights to a tranquil retreat, where you can burn energy at the WestinWorkout Gym or revitalize at the luxurious Spa Parisien at the Westin Tokyo. Located in the Meguro neighbourhood, the Westin throws you back into the action as you step outside. 1-4-1 Mita, Meguro-ku. 81-3-5423-7000.

Comme des Garçons
At the Comme Des Garçons flagship, inventive clothing floats above trends, pushing the limits of fashion. Deciding what to buy is tough, but paying for it is easy if you use the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. The Starpoints you earn will keep you on fashion’s cutting edge for the foreseeable future. 5-2-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. 03-3406-3951

Sony Building
The heart of Sony’s electronic empire is, amazingly, open to the public. Pop into their showroom and play with play with gadgets that are months (or years) away from the North American market. 5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku. 03-3573-2371.

Head Porter
You’re going to need something to carry all the cool stuff you’ve acquired. Here’s where to find limited edition bags and wallets, as desirable as anything you’d put in them. 3-21-112 Jingumae Shibuya-Ku. 81-3-5771-2621.

Velours Nightclub
Hang with Tokyo’s young and beautiful beneath 19th-century Baccarat chandeliers at Velours, where a glass catwalk stretches over raked sand separating the lounge area from the dance floor. B1 Almost Blue, 6-4-6 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, 81-03-5778-4777.

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