Ginza, Tokyo

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    Ginza District, Central Tokyo

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jun 5, 2014

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    Ginza is a high-end shopping and fashion district, known as one of the most luxurious shopping areas in the world. Some of the big stores here include Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, the Sony showroom. It is also home to Tokyo's most famous live theater, the Kabuki-za theater, which is closed, but expected to reopen in 2013.

    While Ginza's main streets are lined with tall, modern stores and shops, the back alleys are much more interesting. Almost every alley is lined with small Japanese restaurants, with their traditional paper lanterns, and you can also discover some small gardens and shrines.

    Historically, Ginza was a silver manufacturing district, surrounded by moats to defend the nearby Edo Castle. The grid pattern of the neighborhood was originally laid out nearly 400 years ago.

    Ginza was also the setting for parts of the original Godzilla movie. In the film, Godzilla got pissed that the clock bell on the Wako Department Store in Ginza rang, so he destroyed both the clock and the store. Once he finished in Ginza, he crossed the railroad tracks, getting shocked on his way to Hibiya. Today a small Godzilla statue stands in Hibiya Chante Square, behind the Toho Building, which houses the company that owns the rights to Godzilla.

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    APPLE.......

    by cheesecake17 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Another great place to visit for gadgets lovers is the The Apple Store in Ginza is a cool, sleek designed store offering all of the latest products.

    The store is 7-levels, complete with a theatre which shows tutorials of apple products.

    A great way to spend an afternoon

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    Experience the culture.....

    by cheesecake17 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you want to experience the Japanese culture then head to the KABUKI-ZA THEATRE.....While walking around Ginza and the Apple store and others head past the Mitsukoshi deaprtment store... you'll find the Kabuki-za Theatre.

    It's a beautiful structure, and in Tokyo it's one of only three or four good examples of a traditional style building built from modern materials, not wood.

    Performances take place everyday ,you can buy a ticket on the door for under 1000 yen...what a deal!!..

    And did you know that..UNESCO designated KABUKI traditional Theater one of the MASTERPIECE of the ORAL and INTANGIBLE HERITAGE of HUMANITY...in 2005..they took into account that KABUKI is a comprehensive art combining the actors physical performance, fine art and music......

    Other Japanese art forms UNESCO has named INTANGLE HERITAGE...are NOH drama, in 2001 and JORURI, puppet theater, in 2003

    For more information check out there web page..

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    Ginza

    by Toshioohsako Updated Sep 10, 2010

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    Ginza is the most well-known shopping and commercial area in Tokyo. When I lived in Tokyo as a student, I seldom visited this place. I simply did not like the crowd of people there. But now not living in Tokyo, I always visit Ginza whenever I visit Japan. I like to look around new shops, book-stores and record shops. They also have fancy coffee shops and restaurants. Who doesn't visit Broadway, Oxford Street or Avenue de Champs Elysees?

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    High end shopping to the MAX !!!!

    by jlanza29 Updated Jun 16, 2010

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    This is the 1 of 2 "it" places in Tokyo (the other being Harajuku)... Ginza is just jammed packed with every type of high end shops you can imagine... Spent a great afternoon window shopping ... if you want to spend your money then this is the place !!!! On Sunday they close down the main street and make it into a pedestrian street, so it's very popular place to spend a day

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    The Center of Luxury Shopping

    by machomikemd Updated Dec 10, 2009

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    ginza is world known for luxury shopping and very expensive prices, Ginza is the home of Tokyo's oldest and most prestigious department stores; the most exclusive is probably Wako. And of course Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel and Prada, Armani, Hermes have stores as well. You must have a platinum credit card or really large stash of cash just to shop here! well many people just windowshop and pose with pictures at the ginza heheheh. The heart of Ginza is the intersection of Chuo-dori and Harumi-dori, dominated by the glass cylinder of the San-ai Building. With its huge neon sign, it's been the image of Ginza on postcards and travel books for decades now. The other corners are occupied by Wako and Mitsukoshi, two of the most prestigious department stores and the Nissan Gallery.

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    Walk the "GINZA" at day AND night !

    by WStat Updated Nov 29, 2009

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    Ginza is an upmarket area of Tokyo with many department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffeehouses. It is located south of Yaesu, west of Tsukiji, east of Yūrakuchō and north of Shinbashi
    Ginza is easy to reach via Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line), as well as by Ginza-itchōme Station (Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line) and Higashi-Ginza Station .
    Ginza is the place, where you can spend a lot of money for a simple cup of coffe or a sandwich, not to speak of a plate of Sushi.But price needn't be everything. For very little you can see a traditional kabuki play, go to Asia's largest fish market, see an Indian style temple, look at a capsule apartment building, and try out the latest Sony gadgets.If you like cities by night, take a Ginza walk for windows-shopping when all the lights are on !

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    Wander Around the Ginza

    by AKtravelers Updated Nov 19, 2009

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    I'm not big on shopping, and even if I were it's likely that the Ginza would be out of my price range, but it's worth wandering around the area on a hopping Saturday afternoon to get a feel for the action. Even during the economic downturn of 2009, the streets were still buzzing with stylish shoppers going in and out of stores. The people watching is excellent -- especially on the weekends when some of the streets are pedestrian only. The stores are easily recognizable with familiar brandnames, and everyone (except for me) is dressed to the nines. Oh, I did buy something: a coffee and pastry at Cafe La Tour.
    ....THe Japanese must be the most brand-concious consumers in the world -- especially the young women. If you're into big designer names, though, this is the place to be. You can check out the newest, cutting-edge products in the Sony showroom (I saw my first HDTV here in 1991) or you can feel poor walking through the Dior, Chanel or Hermes buildings -- in Ginza, it's not enough to have a store, you must have a whole building!!

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    Ginza

    by imstress Written Aug 12, 2008

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    The meeting venue for our VT Meet was at Ginza, Nissan Showroom. Ginza is the business and shopping district. Famous departmental stores and shops are all setup in this area.

    At night, you will find buildings in Ginza are well lighted with neon signboards. There are many landmarks along Ginza, the famous ones are Wako store with a clock tower. Near Higashi-Ginza subway station is the rebuilt Kabuki-za Theater. Tsukiji Fish Market and Sumida River are also within short walking distances.

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    A fine tea experience

    by trvlrtom Updated May 3, 2008

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    Cha Ginza - this is an interesting, modern tearoom right in the middle of Ginza. It's a place to take a break from the busy streets of Ginza and to have a rather unique tea experience in Japan. The tearoom takes up three floors of a narrow building close to Ginza station. It is not a traditional tearoom, but a modern one that retains the traditions.

    When you enter on the street level you can buy a 500 yen ticket and go to the third level, where you will be seated in a room with modern sculpture and be served "matcha," which is a thick, frothy powdered tea, in a simplified ceremony that includes a sweet and the following cup of tea. If you haven't tried Matcha, you probably should. Think of your first time tasting rich espresso coffee compared to regular, light American coffee, and you can begin to imagine what you are in for.

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    Ginza Lights

    by dancinbudgie Written Mar 3, 2008

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    If you are heading in to Ginza, try to time your visit so that you are there during the evening so you can experience the sparkle and flash of the area. The San'ai Building looks particularly brilliant when it is all lit up. Don't miss a visit to the Sony Showroom...especially if you have kids...or are a big one yourself! They have all the latest technology on show, and you get to play with a lot of it! There are games, camera's, phones and many other gadgets. My kids spent ages just running up and down the stairs (they played chords like a piano), which wore them out nicely!

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    Ginza

    by mirko77 Written Jan 14, 2007

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    The "Montenapoleone" or "Fifth Avenue" of Tokyo, this upscale business/shopping district offers the best opportunities to see the well-dressed wealthy Japanese, the most exclusive restaurant and expensive department stores (such as Wako and Matsuya).

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    Heart of Ginza

    by wkcsmt Updated Oct 11, 2006

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    Ginza used to be the symbol for the modernization & westernization of Japan. Here, you find a mixture of old tradition and modern Tokyo. It is a shopping heaven for those who love to shop and enjoy life as there are thousands of shops, restaurants, night clubs and business offices.

    Must see: Tokyo Kyukyodo, traditional Japanese craft shop, located on Ginza-dori Ave (a few shops west of Harumi-dori St intersection).

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    Fifth Avenue of Tokyo

    by SLLiew Written Oct 8, 2006

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    Ginza has an array of amazing shops for the rich and trendy. So window shopping is the second option.

    At night, the lights of Ginza are spectacular too. There is famous Kabuki theatre at Ginza worth watching. There is a translation headphone.

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    For gadget dreamers..;)...

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 16, 2006

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    Here is something you can do for FREE!! in tokyo..get your hands on the lastest gadgets from SONY...:)

    The Sony Building, next to the Sukiyabashi crossing in GINZA has all the very latest Sony gadgets on display.

    There are camcorders and various other personal devices, also a high vision theatre, a broadcasting studio and several room layouts suggesting how all the technology can be best incorporated into the home.

    A PlayStation on the 6 floor has Sony games you can interact with for free.

    Demonstrations are held everyday throughout the day from 10:00 am to 8:00pm and best of all entrance is FREEEEEEE.......

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