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    Ginza and beyond......

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 15, 2006

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    The image of Ginza is the notoriously expensive cup of coffee and that even more extortionate apple! in the 1920's were the heyday years for Ginza,men striving to be at the very height of fashion . The "cafes" were the big attraction...

    But those days are long gone ....."cafes" are now hostess bars , the shopping streets are very much the territory of the middle aged housewife. ONLY fashion is still very much the word. Brand name bags costing tens of thousands of yen are the essential shopping accessory .....

    When you Exit C2 of Ginza Subway Station, brings you out next to the Sukiyabashi zebra crossing.... look out for the department stores Hankyu,
    Seibu,
    Printemps,
    sony building,
    Mitsukoshi department store,
    Apple store ginza,
    Kabuki-za theatre,
    Tsukiji Honganji,
    Tsukiji fish market,
    Nakajin capsule apartment building..

    Ginza is a very pleasing area to visit. This area is very sophisticated and caters to adults and the wealthy. It is not too different from Shinjuku, Shibuya, or other areas in regards to the shops and entertainment but it tends to be a cleaner and less chaotic area.

    Ginza is definitely worth checking out for an afternoon or on a weekend. A good idea would be to have a cup of coffee or eat a meal, do some shopping, and walk around and get a feel for the Ginza area.

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    Enter at your wallet's peril - Ginza!

    by Restless-in-kl Updated Jan 4, 2006

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    Neon lights of Ginza

    When I look at Ginza, I think of Rodeo Drive in LA, Orchard Road in Singapore, KLCC in Kuala Lumpur and Knightsbridge in London.

    It's all about shopping and having deep pockets. So for those of us who are not well-heeled, it's still fun to window shop and dream. On weekends, the streets are turned into pedestrial walkway so grab a chair, sit in the middle of the street and gawk at the super luxury brands available here!

    My favourite shop here is really the Apple Centre. You won't miss it as it's next to the Mikimoto store. With 5 storeys to satisfy even the most hard core Apple fan, you'll definitely not be bored here.

    If you're in Ginza with your boyfriend or husband, send them to the Apple Centre and get them out of your hair so that you can shop in peace :-)

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    ginza at night (5 photos)

    by nicolaitan Written Dec 10, 2005

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    The Ginza was the first district where Western imports and architecture were displayed following the opening of Japan to the outside world in the 1860's. It has evolved into the most expensive and exclusive shopping district in the country with the finest boutiques, large department stores, restaurants and bars. The famous Hankyu and Seibu stores are owned by railroad companies and Printemps is here as well. Sony and Apple stores are among the technology companies represented as well. But the spectacular neon lights at night are also a reason to visit the Ginza neighborhood as seen on these images (among my most ancient slides).

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    Not just for shopping

    by Levente_D Written Oct 12, 2005

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    Ginza - Shopper's Paradise

    Ginza does not mean just shopping. If you are in Ginza you can just walk arround there are also many nice small restaurants and last but not least there is also the Sony Building where you might have a look to the latest Japaneese and Over Seas models of Sony gadgets or you can play with their funny robot dog!

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    Catering for the Rich

    by FelixB Written Apr 10, 2005

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    The Ginza

    Tokyo's Ginza area is the shopping area mainly aimed at a wealthier audience, although it seems like every second Japanese woman walks around with a Louis Vuitton bag anyway. Because of its elegant boutiques and department stores the Ginza has become the internationally most known part of Tokyo.
    You should go her to see the old Kabuki-za theater and the big branch of Mitsukoshi with all its luxury good from chocolate to clothes on Harumi-dôri. On Chûô-dôri you will find further department stores and boutiques as well as the Toyko Central Musueum of Art and the main store of the cosmetic manufacturer Shiseidô ( Shiseidô, the Ginza ).

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    Try a $10 coffee at Ginza

    by Tokyo-samurai-guide Written Apr 3, 2005

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    Ginza is one of Tokyo's largest and most famous shopping, dining and entertainment districts, featuring many department stores, shops, restaurants, night clubs and cafes.

    The following site gives you Ginza info through streaming video.
    ( Copy & Paste required)

    http://tokyo-guide.egoism.jp/GINZAMAIN.htm

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    Kimuraya Bakery for exquisite buns

    by TravelBug_sg Written Dec 5, 2004

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    You must go to Kimuraya Bakery right next to Wako Building at Ginza. It provided baked goods to Emperor Meiji himself. This bakery uses not artificial yeast but natural yeast used in production of sake, and that's why their buns taste so heavenly. I call them Emperor's buns!

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    Ginza

    by Rodan44 Written Nov 26, 2004
    Ginza at Night

    Ginza is Tokyo's glitzy high-end shopping district. It contains several upmarket department stores, Wako, Mitsukoshi, Matsuya, as well as some of the most valuable real estate on the planet. You can also find many expensive restaurants, both Japanese and Western. Ginza is also the hub for high-end art galleries, most of which can be visited for free. Definitely an area of Tokyo that every visitor should experience, but only the ultra-wealthy should consider doing any real shopping here, as nothing is cheap!

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    Shop shop shop

    by dennisKL Updated Oct 5, 2004

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    Ginza district

    Most stores are open daily between 11:00 and 19:00 or longer. Ginza is most attractive on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, when the central Chuo Street gets closed to traffic and become a large pedestrian zone. Check out :-
    Mitsukoshi - found in Taipei as well.
    Barneys - New York
    Matsuya...etc
    I have a set lunch for 5500-Yen. Expensive?

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    World Class Luxurious Commercial Area

    by o00o Updated Aug 16, 2004

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    Tokyo Ginza

    If you are much of a shopper, the Ginza is the place for you to go. Well, it is one of the many. The district is filled with department stores, and little shops, and restaurants. At night, the lights are dazzling, not quite as neon as Vegas, but every bit as amazing. As much as I could tell, the Ginza is always bustling, night and day.

    One of the most striking differences between walking around Tokyo and most large cities in America was that you willI never once felt unsafe. You willI never worried about walking around without knowing where you were headed, or that you might take a turn that would put you somewhere dangerous.

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    Having some beers in Ginza

    by Alain_Smeets Written Feb 2, 2004
    The Ginza district

    The Ginza district is known as one of Tokyo's largest and most famous shopping, dining and entertainment districts, you can find there many department stores, shops, restaurants, night clubs and cafes.

    Off course we had to be here too, but we didn’t know that the place we were closed already at 23h00 and so we had to head back to our hotel.

    Ginza seems to be very popular among the older generations and the wealthy. The Ginza district is an expensive area to dine, but it’s never the less worth a visit.

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    Glitzy world

    by akikonomu Written Dec 27, 2003

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    Ginza

    The must-see, must-experience place in Tokyo. It's interesting to see that most departments stores have uniformed receptionists in colourful outfits, hats and thick makeup.

    Well heeled ladies in kimonos, office workers in business suits, high school girls with their mini skirts - a mix of Tokyoites in all forms.

    Bright neon lights in the evenings, glitzy shopping arcades, towering office buildings - a hodgepodge of activities.

    What more can I say?

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    Ginza Shopping District and Sony Building

    by stmlnyc Written Oct 14, 2003
    Ginza shopping district

    While in the Ginza shopping district, stop by the Sony Building, across the street from the Gap store...you can't miss it.

    It has all the latest, high tech Sony products on display...the flat panels were super sharp, not yet available to the mass market though. Ginza is the equivalent of 5th Avenue in NYC with many of the same high end stores.

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    Ginza

    by where2next Updated Aug 31, 2003
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    Hanging out here is cool. There are restaurants that are on the 2nd and 3rd floors (etc) of buildings which afford a good view.

    There is also a Sony museum which has a lot of cool stuff (Sukiyabashi intersection). Some where prototypes that never made it to market. (Note on the link below there is an English link that will appear after the main page loads).

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    GINZA

    by hotshot0428 Written Oct 30, 2002

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    Japan's top-ranking area for exclusive boutiques, first class department stores and an ambience of sophisticated urbane elegance.
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    Ginza has been described as the "Beverly Hills" of Japan. Its area of just 1 square kilometer juxtaposes the old and the new, with time-honored shops of long tradition and places offering the very latest designer wear.
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