Ginza

Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

Ginza, located in the southern part of central Tokyo, saw its heyday in the 60's and the 70's. In the 1990's the area was redeveloped with many famous international brand shops side by side with Japanese brand shops. Again Ginza, Tokyo's Fifth Avenue, exudes luxury. Along the wide main avenues you'll find exclusive Japanese department stores like Mitsukoshi, and on the stylish backstreets international classics, such as Chanel and Van Cleef, are located.

One persistent rumor says that a square meter in the district's center is worth more than ¥ 10 million (approximately 100,000 USD), which makes it one of Japan's most expensive districts. Another rumor is that a cup of coffee can cost up to 10 USD here. Regardless of the accuracy of such claims, it is an unmistakable fact that the Ginza can quickly erode your holiday savings.

In Ginza not only modern treasures are to be found, but also a lot of Japan's historical roots. Here is Tokyo's first train station Shimbashi Station located, as well as the historic Kabukiza Theatre. The world's largest fish market, Tsukiji is just a short walk away and around Yurakucho Station there are plenty of cheap sushi and ramen shops.

Ginza Attractions

Imperial Palace East Garden (Kyoko Higashi Gyoen)

Imperial Palace East Garden, Ginza Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

The Imperial Palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and massive stone walls. The Imperial Palace East Garden, on the site of the old Edo Castle of the shoguns, is the only part of the Imperial Palace that is regularly open to the public. The actual palace and the inner palace gardens are only open to the public on January 2nd and December 23rd. The entrance to the Imperial East Gardens through Otemon Gate is only a short walk from Otemachi Station or 5-10 minutes from Tokyo Station.

Nearest Station: Otemachi Station on the Chiyoda, Tozai, Marunouchi, Hanzomon and Mita Subway Lines

Tsukiji Market

Tsukiji Market, Ginza Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

The Tsukiji Market in Ginza is the world's largest fish market. Getting here early is essential in order to make the most of this memorable sight. At Tokyo's biggest and noisiest market, tuna auctions start at 5am followed swiftly by fruit and veg, all sold by some 50,000 workers and wholesalers. There are plenty of sushi restaurants in the area.

Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Tsukiji Shijo Station, Oedo Subway Line
Telephone: +81 3-3547-8011
Website: http://www.tsukiji-market.or.jp
Opening Hours: 05:00 to 13:00 (closed Sundays, holidays, and the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month)

Hama Rikyu

Hama Rikyu, Ginza Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo's most attractive park is located alongside Tokyo Bay, next to the fashionable Shiodome. After having been seduced by the Japanese garden aesthetics, you should find your way to its center and the beautiful tea pavilion surrounded by a tranquil pond. Hama Rikyu can be accessed by boat from Asakusa and Odaiba. Alternatively, it is a 10-15 minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station or Shiodome Station on the Oedo Subway Line and Yurikamome elevated train.

Nearest Station: JR Shimbashi Station or Shiodome Station on the Oedo Subway Line and Yurikamome elevated train
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 daily (closed December 29 to January 1)
Admission: 300 yen

Tokyo International Forum

Tokyo International Forum, Ginza Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

The building is an attraction in itself, featuring swooping curves of steel truss and glass, with the outside shaped like an elongated boat. With its eleven floors above ground and three below, Tokyo International Forum is a venue for concerts, exhibitions, conventions and other events. Do not miss the many cheap underground restaurants. An event calendar can be found on the official website (see link below).

Address: 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Yurakucho Station
Website: http://www.t-i-forum.co.jp

Ginza Shopping

Sony Building

Sony Building, Ginza Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

Curious about the latest from Sony? In the Sony Building, next to the Sukiyabashi crossing in Ginza, all the very latest Sony gadgets are on display. Sony Building features a variety of shops and showrooms with DVD players, cameras, televisions, Playstation-products and any other electronic devices you can imagine. Demonstrations of products are held everyday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm and entrance is free. Buy something or just stroll around in the many showrooms.

Address: 5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station (Exit B9) on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line, and Hibiya Line
Telephone: +81 3-3573-2371
Website: http://www.sonybuilding.jp
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 19:00 daily
Admission: Free

Apple Store

Apple Store, Ginza Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

Just like Sony has their Sony Building, Apple has their Apple Store in Ginza, offering the latest gadgets from Apple. The Apple Store is a cool, sleek designed store with seven floors of "Mac madness". There is a theatre which shows tutorials of Apple products and free Internet is available at the top floor.

Address: 3-5-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station (Exit A13) on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and Ginza Line
Telephone: +81 3-5159-8200
Website: http://www.apple.com/jp/retail/ginza/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 daily
Admission: Free

Ginza Wako

Ginza Wako, Tokyo Shopping, Japan

The clock tower of the Ginza Wako building has been in place since 1932 and is the symbol for the entire district. Inside the building, jewelry and other luxury items are sold. You can easily find your way there, as it is located at the intersection of Chuo-dori and Harumi-dori.

Address: 4-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station (Exit A9) on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and Ginza Line
Telephone: +81 3-3562-2111
Website: http://www.wako.co.jp
Opening Hours: 10:30 to 18:00 (closed on Sundays and holidays)

Ginza Matsuya

Ginza Matsuya, Tokyo Shopping, Japan

As a leading department store located in one of the world's foremost fashion streets, Matsuya Ginza has unfailingly served its customers with the latest in fashion design and tastes for more than 80 years. From luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Mui Mui to Japan's top products and traditional handicrafts. Drop by Matsuya when shopping in Ginza!

Address: 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station (Exit A12) on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line
Telephone: +81 3-3567-1211
Website: http://www.matsuya.com
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 daily

Bic Camera

Bic Camera Yurakucho, Ginza Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

This huge, eight-floor store near the Ginza offers not only digital cameras, but also computers, DVD and MP3 players, video cameras, watches, toys, and much more. A trip to one of Bic Cameras's towering tech stores is the equivalent of a one-stop tour through the world of Japan's cutting-edge gadgetry.

Address: 1-11-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Yurakucho Station
Telephone: +81 3-5221-1111
Website: http://www.biccamera.com
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 daily

Hayashi Kimono

Hayashi Kimono in Ginza, Tokyo's largest kimono boutique for foreigners, offers traditional Japanese wear, both new and antique. The staff speak English and will be able to assist you. In addition to kimono, Hayashi also offers happi coats and yukata, as well as traditional-design T-shirts.

Address: International Arcade, 2-1-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Hibiya Station (Exit A5) on Hibiya Line
Telephone: +81 3-3501-4012
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 to 19:00, Sun 10:00 to 18:00

Hakuhinkan Toy Park

Hakuhinkan Toy Park, Ginza Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

With its nine floors Hakuhinkan is one of Tokyo's largest toy shops, with an enormous selection of video games, jigsaw puzzles, Japanese dolls and teddy bears. The Hakuhinkan Toy Park in Ginza is almost a cross between a toy store, museum of toys and an amusement park. Fun for all ages, and a great opportunity to buy presents and souvenirs!

Address: 8-8-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shinbashi Station (Exit 1)
Telephone: +81 3-3571-8008
Website: http://www.hakuhinkan.co.jp
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 20:00 daily

Muji (Mujirushi-ryohin)

Muji (Mujirushi-ryohin), Ginza Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

A retail company which sells a wide variety of household and consumer goods. The name Muji is derived from the first part of Mujirushi-ryohin, meaning No Brand Quality Goods. Muji is distinguished by its design minimalism, emphasis on recycling, avoidance of waste in production and packaging, and no-logo or "no-brand" policy. The store in Yurakucho is one of the chain's largest.

Address: Yurakucho 2-3F, 3-8-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Yurakucho Station on JR Yamanote (Kyobashi Exit) or Yurakucho Line (Exit D9)
Telephone: +81 3-5208-8241
Website: http://www.muji.com
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 daily

Mikimoto

Mikimoto, Ginza Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

The main Mikimoto store, dedicated to high-end jewels, has been a Ginza landmark since 1899. This boutique store is part of the Mikimoto family, the world's most famous pearl purveyor and one of the most famous names in Japanese jewelry.

Main Store
Address: 4-5-5 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station
Telephone: +81 3-3535-4611
Website: http://www.mikimoto.com/jp/store/store_honten_en.html
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 19:00 daily

Imperial Hotel Arcade Store
Address: 1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Hibiya Station
Telephone: +81 3-3591-5001
Website: http://www.mikimoto.com/jp/store/store_teikoku_en.html
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 to 19:00, Sun 10:00 to 17:00

Department Stores

There are plenty of large department stores in Ginza, some with a long history dating back hundreds of years. Some of the most famous is Mitsukoshi, Matsuya, Seibu, Hankyu and Matsuzakaya, some of which have over ten floors or more with all kinds of goods.

Ginza Restaurants

Diamond Dining

Wizard of the Opera, Ginza Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan

A personal favorite. The Diamond Dining group has seven different fantasy theme restaurants in Ginza, where everything (interior, wait staff, food, drinks etc.) blends in to the theme. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, try the Alice in Wonderland Café or The Wizard of the Opera, or perhaps the Vampire Café.

Alice in Wonderland Café
Address: 5F Taiyo Building, 8-8-5 Ginza, Chuo-ko, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station
Telephone: +81 3-3574-6980
Website: http://www.diamond-dining.com/alice/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 17:00 to 23:30, Fri-Sat 17:00 to 04:00, Sun 16:00 to 23:30

The Wizard of the Opera
Address: B1F Tokyu Building East No.3, 2-16-8 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station
Telephone: +81 3-3985-2193
Website: http://www.diamond-dining.com/opera/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 17:00 to 24:00, Fri-Sat 17:00 to 04:00, Sun 17:00 to 23:30

Vampire Café
Address: 7F La Paix Building, 6-7-6 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station (Exit B2)
Telephone: +81 3-3289-5360
Website: http://www.diamond-dining.com/vampire/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 17:00 to 23:30, Fri-Sat 17:00 to 04:00 (closed Sundays)

Breeze of Tokyo

Breeze of Tokyo, Ginza Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan

Breathtaking and definitely worth a visit. Take in spectacular views of Tokyo Bay and a glittering skyline from the 36th floor as you indulge in some of the finest cuisine Tokyo has to offer. The cuisine is International Tokyo cuisine, prepared by Japanese chefs who've experienced authentic French cooking but depart from preconceived ideas.

Address: 36F Marunouchi Building, 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Tokyo Station (Marunouchi Exit) or Tokyo Station on Subway Marunouchi Line
Telephone: +81 3-5220-5551
Website: http://www.breezeoftokyo.com (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 18:00 to 23:00, Sun 18:00 to 22:00

Takara

Takara, Ginza Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan

Takara is an Izakaya style restaurant, in the sense that it keeps up with the traditional Izakaya pattern of serving drinks with food. Located in the Tokyo International Forum, Takara is a joint venture between Mushu sake pub and several sake companies. Takara restaurant in Ginza serves both Japanese food and Spanish tapas, along with sake, awamori, shochu, excellent Japanese microbrew beer (Baird's), and Spanish wines.

Address: Tokyo International Forum B1 Concourse, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Yurakucho Station or Yurakucho Station on Subway Yurakucho Line
Telephone: +81 3-5223-9888
Opening Hours: 11:30 to 23:00 daily

Irimoya

Irimoya, Ginza Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan

This Ginza restaurant serves traditional cuisine made with organic fish and chicken. Locally brewed sake and shochu are also available. Irimoya is housed in a 100-year-old building brought from Fukushima.

Address: 3F Ginza Lion Building, 7-9-20 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station on Subway Ginza Line
Telephone: +81 3-3571-4384
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 17:00 to 23:00, Sat 15:00 to 23:00, Sun 15:00 to 22:00

Wasai Ginza 8-5

If you are looking for a luxurious health-conscious restaurant and have some money to spend, you have come to the right place. The homemade dishes at Wasai Ginza 8-5 include carefully selected ingredients, and the pleasant atmosphere will make you forget the hectic life outside.

Address: B1 Kawabata-Shinkan Building, 8-5-21 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station or Shinbashi Station
Telephone: +81 3-6253-8570
Website: http://www.vegedinning.com/shop/ginza.html (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 17:00 to 04:00, Sat 17:00 to 23:30 (closed Sundays)

Otemachi Café

Otemachi Café, Ginza Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan

Cool eco-inspired café with Amazon-like vegetation and Fair Trade programs with local suppliers. Even the interior is entirely made of recycled materials. The drink list ranges from shochu and whisky to fresh juices and organic beers, while the menu features dishes like the Saffron Rice Omelet, Shellfish Spaghetti, strawberry cake and chocolate mousse. Cheap even though it is close to Ginza.

Address: 1F Otemachi Building, 1-6-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Otemachi Station
Telephone: +81 3-3211-7692
Opening Hours: 09:30 to 23:00 (closed Sundays)

Yakitori Alley

Yakitori Alley, Ginza Restaurants, Tokyo, Japan

A cheap and cozy alternative to the traditionally established restaurants is to try the small street side restaurants in the lantern lit Yakitori Alley, located near Yurakucho Station. The restaurants in Yakitori Alley serve up this tasty Japanese street food with cold beer, sake or shochu and there isn't a better way to spend an evening with friends than perched upon on of those rickety stools!

Nearest Station: Yurakucho Station

Ginza Nightlife

300Bar

300Bar, Ginza Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

One of Tokyo's most affordable facilities, with two bars in Ginza (there are similar in Shibuya), where all drinks and foods are only ¥ 300. The simple food menu offers chips and other snacks, while the drink list is more impressive, with 75 different cocktails. The clientele at 300 Bar is a mix of Japanese and westerners. Free entrance. This is most likely the cheapest party venue in the otherwise pricey Ginza.

Ginza 300Bar 5-chome
Address: B1F Fazenda Building, 5-9-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ginza Station (Exit A3 or A5)
Telephone: +81 3-3572-6300
Website: http://www.300bar.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 17:00 to 02:00, Sun 17:00 to 23:00
Admission: Free

Ginza 300Bar 8-chome
Address: B1F Daini Ginza Column Building, 8-3-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shinbashi Station (Exit No. 5)
Telephone: +81 3-3571-8300
Website: http://www.300bar-8chome.com
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 17:00 to 02:00, Sun 17:00 to 23:00
Admission: Free

TwentyEight

TwentyEight, Ginza Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

For those of you who like fashionable interior and haven't yet had enough of Tokyo's many breathtaking views. With sensational views over Hama Rikyu, a ceiling height that would be appropriate for a cathedral and staff who take their work very seriously, TwentyEight is one of Tokyo's best hotel bars. There is live music every night after 8 o'clock, and a so-called "music charge" of ¥ 1,500 for all guests.

Address: 28F Conrad Tokyo, 1-9-1 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shiodome Station
Telephone: +81 3-6388-8000
Website: http://www.conradtokyo.co.jp
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 to 24:00, Sat-Sun 09:00 to 24:00
Admission: 1,500 yen

Jicoo Floating Bar

Jicoo Floating Bar, Ginza Nightlife, Tokyo, Japan

Jicoo Floating Bar is definitely a unique addition to the waterborne crafts plying Tokyo's rivers and waterways. A floating pass goes for ¥ 2,500 with drinks and cocktails starting at ¥ 700, not particularly cheap, but a great way to impress a date. The views of Odaiba to the east and the Tokyo skyline to the west are fantastic. The boat docks at Hinode Pier and Odaiba (from 20:00 to 22:30, every half hour), and cruises on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Hinode Pier is just a short walk from Hinode Station.

Nearest Station: Hinode Station
Telephone: +81 1-2004-9490
Website: http://www.jicoofloatingbar.com
Opening Hours: Thu-Sat 20:00 to 23:00
Admission: 2,500 yen