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Ginza shopping district

2. Tokyo Tokyo, Japan's capital, is a sprawling metropolis whose culture combines modern technology with the traditions of ancient Japan. The city has a population of more than 12 million. Though it can be pricey, affordable options are available. Save on lodgings with budget hotels, abundant in Tokyo's Taito area. Shop at 100-yen shops (the Japanese equivalent of dollar stores) and dine at one of the city's many noodle bars. 2009 rank: 1 Toru Yamanaka / AFP / Getty Images
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