Platform: Tokyo

Platform: Tokyo

SHOP Get some seriously cute clobber in Milk – the shop that spawned a thousand Victoriana Lolitas since it first opened 40 years ago. Cute. Or as they say in Japan, Kawaii. Milk. 6-29-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

STYLE Have a Tokyo-inspired restyle at one of the newest Toni&Guy salons. Relax in a VIP treatment room or enjoy a shampoo in the high spec horizontal hair basins. Toni&Guy. 3F 1-14-34 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

SLEEP It doesn’t get any more authentic than a Ryokan complete with tatami mats, futons and yukata. Take your pick from the listings on the Japanese Ryokan Association website.

REFRESH Take advantage of Tokyo’s natural hot springs and visit an Onsen. Spa LaQua is a souped-up version, boasting an open-air bath (rotenburo) and a dizzying array of beauty treatments. LaQua. 1-1-1 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku (Korakuen Station)

EAT The Park Hyatt’s Kozue restaurant offers breathtaking panoramic views of Mount Fuji while you sip sake and fine dine. For afters, make like the locals and sample the delights of a local Harajuku crepe van. Kozue. 3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku

VENTURE Take the bullet train to Kyoto (Japan’s original capital city) and marvel at the Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and Imperial palace.

  • Words: Catriona Taylor

  • Photography: Benjamin Whitwell