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Ginza Guides - Things to do in Ginza

2018.08.28

Ginza is known not only in Tokyo but rather as a downtown area representing Japan. It is an area where is popular among foreign visitors to Japan, and you can enjoy high-brand shopping, or eating at the world-class restaurants. Let's introduce the must-visit spots in Ginza.

Ginza Guides - Things to do in Ginza

What is Ginza?

Although Ginza has a classy image nowadays, it was an ordinary residential area that developed as a townspeople's district in the early Edo period of the 17th century. This area was named “Ginza” since Ginza government office relocated in 1612 and an act of minting silver coins carried out.

During the Edo period between 17th and 19th centuries, Ginza flourished as a “craftsmen's town,”, but it changed drastically at the Ginza Great Fire that occurred in 1872 soon after the Meiji era started. A large-scale land readjustment was conducted by taking the example of Regent Street in London, then new shops opened, and the upper-class people living in yamanote area started gathering. This trend had been continued until the World War II. After the war, many large-scale commercial facilities opened in Ginza, and Ginza has been developed into a gorgeous town like now.

What is the town of Ginza like? Introducing Ginza with photos

Ginza is one of the best entertainment districts in Japan. You can observe the situation well on the weekend.

What is the town of Ginza like? Introducing Ginza with photos
Chuo-dori, the main street of Ginza, becomes vehicle prohibited area from 12:00-18:00 (12:00-17:00 from October to March) on every Saturday, Sunday, and public holiday, and the pedestrian can walk freely.

Ginza is a town where the night scenery becomes even more impressive than the daytime.

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The above photo is Ginza 4-chome. It is in front of Ginza Wako, a commercial facility that can be said as a symbol of Ginza. The city turns to the gorgeous atmosphere as each building is lit up.

The things you should do in Ginza

1, A variety of high-end brand flagship stores! Enjoy shopping

The things you should do in Ginza
There are numerous high-end brand flagship stores in Ginza. They offer a variety of selections, and some limited items are available only at Ginza stores.

2, The menu originating in Japan too! Enjoy the food that only available here

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There are many famous well-established restaurants in Ginza. Many restaurants have retro atmosphere, and have been loved for a long time. Especially, restaurants serving “YOSHOKU” that arranged western cuisine in the Japanese style are must-go.

3, This is the Japanese entertainment! Try Japanese traditional performing arts

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Kabuki that represents the Japanese traditional arts is held at Kabuki-za Theater. As Kabuki is performed almost every day, you can feel free to watch the performances. Look carefully at the performance such as the Kabuki actors fine-expression and movement.

How to enjoy Ginza

Ginza is a town where you can enjoy sightseeing all day from morning till evening, but from here, we will introduce each recommended spot by “shopping and shops” “sightseeing” “meals” “accommodation” and “attraction.”

1. Shopping and Shops in Ginza,

“GINZA SIX”

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A large commercial facility opened in 2017. The size of the shopping & meal floor is the largest in Ginza district. Each store is square-shaped, which is easy to observe, and takes plenty of space. You can relax and enjoy your shopping here.

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Inside the facility, there are world-leading luxury brands as well as the service in which you can experience the craftsmanship of unique to Japan. There are many restaurants and cafes where you can fully enjoy the Japanese food culture.

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At GINZA SIX, there is “Tourist Service Center” for foreign tourists. The center provides services and equips facilities such as tourist information, currency exchange, duty-free counter, courier service, and luggage cloak. Foreign language speaking staffs are stationed and support foreign customers.


“GINZA SIX” ●6-10-1, Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
●03-6891-3390
https://ginza6.tokyo/
●10:30-20:30 (Shops and Cafes)
11:00-23:00 (Restaurants)

9:00-21:00 (Tourist information)
11:00-18:30 (Currency exchange) * closed on Sundays and holidays
10:30-20:30 (Duty Free counter)
10:30-20:30 (Courier service and luggage cloak)

Open 24 hours (Convenience store, souvenir)
7:00-23:00 (GINZA SIX Garden)
*It may vary depending on shops and facilities
●No scheduled holidays


“Tokyu Plaza Ginza”

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Tokyu Plaza Ginza is a new landmark of the Sukiyabashi crossing in Ginza. Impressive appearance is an image of “vessel of the light,” and made of the motif of Edo Kiriko glass, which is one of the traditional Japanese crafts. You can enjoy shopping for fashion-brands that are the latest in fashion, and eating Japanese food such as soba, sashimi, and international cuisine.

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The rooftop KIRIKO TERRACE is a terrace space with full of openness, which hardly seems like the middle of the big city of Tokyo. Any visitor can use, so it is perfect for having a break.

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The access is also outstanding as the 1st basement is directly connected to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Station by the underground concourse. It is attractive to be able to shop immediately after getting off the subway even on rainy days.


“Tokyu Plaza Ginza”
●5-2-1, Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
●03-3571-0109
http://ginza.tokyu-plaza.com/
●11:00-21:00 (Shopping, Cafe, Service)
11:00-23:00 (GINCHIKA MARCHE B2F)
11:00-21:00 (GINCHIKA MARCHE B1F)
11:00-23:00 (GINMACHI DINING)
11:00-23:00 (KIRIKO LOUNGE)
*11:00-21:00 on Sundays and holidays
11:00-21:00 (KIRIKO TERRACE)
*It depends on shops and facility
●No scheduled holidays


“Ginza WAKO”

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Ginza WAKO that can be said as the symbol of the city of Ginza. The famous clock tower hourly plays Westminster style chime 45 seconds before the hour. Then the clock strikes the hour, and the bell rings the numbers of the hour. It is a must-visit spot for taking pictures of Ginza.

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There are a variety of luxury products such as watches and jewellery designed by Wako as well as ceramics and handbags. In Wako Annex, next to the main building, there are gourmet souvenirs and sweets with the fine quality, and a tea salon that is suitable for spending an elegant time.

“Ginza WAKO”
●4-5-11, Ginza Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
●03-3562-2111 (Main)
https://www.wako.co.jp
●10:30-19:00
●Closed on Year-end and New Year holidays

2. Sightseeing in Ginza

Tsukiji Market

2. Sightseeing in Ginza
Tsukiji market where sea products gather from all over Japan. It wasn't related to tourism as it was originally a place for professionals like restaurants and fishmongers to purchase, but the townscapes and the trade customs such as food auctions have taken tourist's attention since the late 90's.

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You can tour the sea products auctions held in the market, and also purchase sashimi and processed fish at surrounding shops called “Jogai-Shijo (off-site markets).” Many restaurants in “Jogai (off-site)” have specialties using plenty of fresh seafood. Opening early in the morning is the point too.

“Tsukiji Market”
●4, Tsukiji, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
http://www.tsukiji.or.jp/


“NISSAN CROSSING”

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It is a gallery of Nissan, the major Japanese automobile manufacturer known for famous cars such as GT-R. In addition to exhibiting commercial vehicles, there is also a section where you can experience the “exciting future driving,” which is one of the concepts of Nissan. There are also cafes and boutiques. Some goods are only available here, so it's perfect souvenirs for car lovers.

“NISSAN CROSSING”
●5-8-1, Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
●03-3573-0523
●10:00-20:00
●No scheduled holidays
https://www3.nissan.co.jp/crossing/jp.html


"Kobikicho Plaza (Kabuki-za)"

Kabuki is the Japanese traditional performing art. There are theaters where Kabuki is performed throughout the country, but the representative one is this Kabuki-za in Ginza. This is a famous theater, which has overcome many disasters, and continued to provide traditional Japanese performing arts since its opening in 1889 to the present. Inside the facility, there is a theater that can accommodate more than 1,800 spectators, a lobby on the first floor retaining the old style, and restaurants and shops are on each floor.

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It is worth to visit Kibikicho Plaza on the 2nd basement as it sells Kabuki related souvenirs as well as holding various events.


Although all Kabuki performances are in Japanese, many services to explain scripts and storylines are available in foreign languages such as earphone guides and subtitles.

"Kibikicho Plaza (Kabuki-za)"
●4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
●03-3545-6563
●9:30-18:30
*9:30-18:00 when the theatre is closed
●Closed on Year-end and New Year holidays
http://www.kabuki-za.co.jp/

3. Dining in Ginza


3. Dining in Ginza
There are many restaurants in Ginza. It is nice to have expensive sushi and tempura at the famous restaurants, or have meals in the hotels. But the area called “Guard-Shita” that is under JR rail viaduct after walking towards Yurakucho area is recently popular among overseas travelers for the atmosphere unique to Japan. You can enjoy drinks and snacks at reasonable prices. Enjoy drinks with locos who grab drinks on the way home after work.


“Andy's Shin Hinomoto”

It is one of the oldest shops in “Guard-Shita.” The menu using fresh fish, purchased in Tsukiji every day is popular. Even non-Japanese can enjoy comfortably with the owner who is British.

“Andy's Shin Hinomoto”
●2-4-4, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo
●03-3214-8021
●17:00-24:00
●Closed on Sundays
http://shin-hinomoto.com/


“Matsuso”

There are seats at the bar, so you can relax to drink even if you come alone. You can also relax with advance payment system. Menus are mainly meat dishes such as kushikatsu and stew using Japanese beef rib and sinew. This restaurant sticks to the ingredients for all menu.

“Matsuso”
●2-1-20, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo
●03-3592-6551
●17:00-23:30
*16:00-23:00 on Saturdays
●Open 7 days a week

4. Staying in Ginza (Hotels)

“Imperial Hotel Tokyo”

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One of the leading luxury hotels in Japan. It was opened as a “guest house of Japan” to welcome honored guests from abroad. Since its opening, many celebrities such as Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio, Helen Keller and many more have stayed in.

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Imperial Hotel is also known for being the first to start “Buffet” and “Hotel Wedding” in Japan, and all of those services were response to the needs of guests. This customer-first service is one of the reasons why it has been beloved for many years. The spacious suite will heal the tiredness of your trip.

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It is the best hotel to experience Japanese unique hospitality “Omotenashi” such as service and staff's care, which certified with many years of tradition.

“Imperial Hotel Tokyo”
●1-1-1, Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo
●03-3504-1111
https://www.imperialhotel.co.jp/j/tokyo/
“DAI-ICHI HOTEL TOKYO”

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DAI-ICHI HOTEL TOKYO is perfect for those who want to book accommodation near a station. It has an excellent access as it is about a 2-minute walk from JR and Tokyo Metro Shinbashi stations by under path, and about a 1-minute walk from Ginza area to the hotel. A direct limousine bus from Haneda Airport is also available.

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It features a gorgeous and elegant European style with the concept of “elegance & excellence,” and there are 278 rooms. The interior with calm color shades create the relaxed mood, and the room is spacious and high-ceiling. The spacious bathroom is attractive too.

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In the hotel, there are many lounges, bars and restaurants such as “Ittetsu” where you can enjoy carefully selected Kuroge wagyu beef while viewing Tokyo Tower, and “Etoile” where you can enjoy international cuisine in a buffet style.

“DAI-ICHI HOTEL TOKYO”
●1-2-6 Shinbashi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
●03-3501-4411 (main)
https://www.hankyu-hotel.com/hotel/dh/dhtokyo/


“APA Hotel Ginza Kyobashi”

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In Ginza, hotels are comparatively expensive than other areas. Apa Hotel is gaining popularity as a hotel which can be stayed at reasonable prices in Ginza. You can have a comfortable stay as “Always Pleasant Amenity,” the origin of the word “APA.”

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Their original beds called “cloud fit” are installed in all 170 rooms. It is said that you can have the cloud-like feeling on this bed. Also you can relax with soft fluffy duvet combined with the bed. Wi-Fi connection and internet high-speed wired LAN connection are free of charge, so it is convenient to search for something on a journey.

“APA Hotel Ginza Kyobashi”
●3-6-7, Kyobashi, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
●03-5159-5311
https://www.apahotel.com/hotel/shutoken/31_ginza-kyobashi/

5. Attractions in Ginza

“Watching movies”

5. Attractions in Ginza
There are several cinemas theaters within a 5-minute walk from Ginza Station. It would be nice to watch Japanese movies for the memory of the trip.

“CineSwitch Ginza”
●4-4-5, Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
●03-3561-0707
http://www.cineswitch.com/

“Marunouchi TOEI”
●3-2-17, Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
●03-3535-4741
http://theaters.toei.co.jp/theaters/marunouchi1/


“Art appreciation”

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There are many galleries in Ginza where luxury shops gather. Many galleries open for free, so how about visiting one of them and appreciate some arts?

“Tokyo Ginza Gallery”
●2-7-18, Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
●03-3564-1644
http://www.ginzaboeki.co.jp/

“Shisedo Gallery”
●8-8-3, Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
●03-3572-3901
http://www.shiseidogroup.jp/gallery/index.html

Access to Ginza

The nearest station is “Ginza Station” of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, and Hibiya Line. The first station, Yurakucho and the next Shinbashi Station are nearest when using JR Yamanote Line from Tokyo Station, but it takes about 10 minutes on foot. You can also walk from Higashi Ginza Station and Shinbashi Station of Toei Asakusa Line connected to Haneda Airport and Narita Airport. Many buses are also operated from both airports to hotels around Ginza.

Summary of Ginza

Ginza is one of the best entertainment districts in Japan and is also a popular tourist destination. Not only shopping and gourmet but you can also find various ways to have fun when walking in the area. Please take a stroll around Ginza according to your preferences and fully enjoy your trip to Japan.

*The above information was last updated July 5, 2018. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.

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