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Why Ginza is special ?
The Ginza (銀座) is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes.
One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen, making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. It is where you can find the infamous $10 cups of coffee and where virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics has a presence.
From 1612 to 1800, today's Ginza district was the site of a silver coin mint (Ginza means "silver mint" in Japanese), after which the district was eventually named. The Ginza evolved as an upmarket shopping district following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.
What to explore at Ginza?
Shops: 10:30 to 19:00
Built in 1932, the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza, standing at the northwest corner of the district's centrally located Ginza 4-Chome junction of Chuo and Harumi Dori. Inside the building, jewelry and luxury items are sold.
Showroom and shops: 11:00 to 19:00
Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 21:30
The newest products by Sony, including DVD recorders, televisions, cameras, audio sets, mobile phones, computers and Play Station products, are displayed to the public in the showrooms in this building. There is also a tourist information desk on the first floor as well as a few shops, restaurants and cafes.
Regular tickets for an entire play typically cost between 4,000 and 22,000 yen depending on the seat and require advance reservations. Tickets for just single acts are sold on the day at the theater for around 2,000 yen.
The Kabukiza is one of the best places to see kabuki, featuring plays almost every day. The building was reconstructed and reopened in April 2013. It closely resembles its predecessor except for a skyscraper that now stands above it.
Yurakucho Gado-shita Dining (more details)
One of Tokyo's most interesting dining districts is located beneath the elevated train tracks north and south of Yurakucho Station (in Japanese: Gado-shita from "below the girder"). Stretching over about 700 meters, dozens of restaurants are built into the brick arches below the Yamanote Line, ranging widely from small yakitori joints and izakaya to beer halls and slightly more upscale French wine bars.
10:00 to 18:00
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a national holiday), Dec 28 to Jan 4
English: None (a free informative English booklet is available, however)
Located just outside of the Ginza area to the north, the four floor Police Museum is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and is free of charge. Although there are no English explanations, displays such as historical uniforms and equipment can be easily understood.
Shops: 10:30 to 20:00
Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 23:00
The Ginza store of the Mitsukoshi department store chain was opened in 1930 and offers goods and services on twelve floors. Mitsukoshi's history reaches back to the year 1673.
Shops: 10:00 to 20:00
Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 22:00
The Ginza store of the Matsuya department store chain offers fashion, foods, household goods, a pet shop, a travel agency and an exhibition hall on its eleven floors.
11:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays)
The Ginza store of the Paris based Printemps department store chain offers fashion, accessories, wines, foods and restaurants on ten floors. Printemps Ginza was opened in the year 1984.
How to get to Ginza?
The most convenient stations for accessing the Ginza district are Ginza Station on the Hibiya, Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line and Yurakucho Subway Line.
- A very interesting shopping district
- One of Tokyo's upscale areas
- Shoppers' Delight!
- Perfect place to base yourself in Tokyo!
- The Expensive Shopping Belt
Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
Tips for you
Would I go running to Ginza to shop ? NO. All the upscale brand name stores are here and all those fashion conscious shoppers that feel they must be seen in The Ginza are here also. Also the top Japanese Department Stores, including Mitsukoshi. It is considered to be another entertainment zone (like Shinjuku, but much more expensive) with museums, art galleries and lots of restaurants. But the intrigue is being here at dusk or nighttime and to see the hustle and bustle of this fast paced area, all the spectacular lights and the fact that you said you were in The Ginza. Also the Kabuki theater is here with the world famous Kabuki show. There are many coffee shops and bakeries, so sitting and watching the city move in front of your eyes is exciting. A must see if in Tokyo.
The best shopping place in Tokyo! Walk through the Ginza Main Street and you will find the best shops, restaurants and cafés.