This department store has always provided stiff competition for Mitsukoshi, with a history just as long. It was founded as a kimono shop in Kyoto during the Edo Period and opened in Tokyo in 1933. Today it’s one of the city’s most attractive department stores, with a Renaissance-style building and gloved elevator operators whisking customers to eight floors of shopping and dining. Naturally, it features boutiques by such famous designers as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Miyake, and more. Its sale of used kimono draws huge crowds. Its tax-refund counter is on the second floor. A branch, Takashimaya Shinjuku, 5–24–2 Sendaygaya, Shinjuku (tel. 3/53610111; open daily 10am–8pm; station: Shinjuku), boasts 14 floors of clothing and restaurants (lower floors target affluent seniors, while upper floors appeal to younger shoppers and families; petite and “queen-size” clothing is on the sixth floor); here, too, is Tokyu Hands, with everything imaginable for the home hobbyist, and Kinokuniya bookstore, with English-language books on the sixth floor.