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Department Stores and GINZA...
Department Stores and GINZA area.
This is the snobish shopping area with its huge stores such as: Mitsukoshi, Matsuya, Wako building, Sony building, Matsuzakaya.
Go to a Toy Store
For some fun shopping, I suggest stopping at Kiddie Land in Omotesando or Hakuhinkan Toy Park in Ginza. Both are large multi-story toy stores with the latest and greatest selection of toys. Everything from baby toys to video games are there, not to mention the ubiquitous character goods. I like looking for the fun, unique toys that I can buy for myself or give away as gifts. For example, a windup baby godzilla egg (the egg pops open and a mini godzilla walks out) made for a cute souvenir. I also found a "pai-pai sawari" -- a baby's first toy made in the shape of a woman's breast! You'd never find anything like this outside of an adult toy store in the U.S. and it made for a fun gag gift to my brother.
- Family Travel
On the street, Ginza: 'Aqua...
On the street, Ginza: 'Aqua Wall'. A tropical fishtank below, the activities of the fish were then projected on a digital screen above, with a kind of eerie ambient music all around. Not much in the way of Japanese gimmicks surprises me, but the effect of this was surreal. Added to the fact that it was on the corner of this buzzing intersection!
Make sure to go down to the...
Make sure to go down to the Ginza area to the Kabuki-Za Theatreto experience Japanese Kabuki. You can get an inexpensive ticket for a single act of Kabuki . It's quite interesting to see the costumes makeup and theatrical production and to witness the audience participation. Well worth a look/
SHOPPING!!! Bring lots of cash (or credit cards, many of them...) as there are plenty to buy if you love quality stuff. The Japanese made shopping an art: there's so many choices for a single item like a simple pencil (at least 20 types of them under the same department!) let alone other more complicated items like electronic goods and fashion! GINZA is excellent for window shopping (most find it too expensive here). But you are so tempted to buy; so many beautifully crafted art pieces like the ningyo (Japanese dolls) and even kitchen utensils are designer items $$$ So, for us mortals who can't help ourselves, Ikebukoro and Shinjuku are better places to pick up some of those lovely dresses, bags and souvenirs. For the guys, head for Akihabara and pick up the latest electronic gadgets... you name it, they have it!
Shopping in Japan is a pleasure if you can afford it. There are so many choices and colors to choose from. Excellent quality and service. Best in the world! My only reservation is in communication: these people don't understand English v. well, so please carry a dictionary or a phrase book with you if you'd like to shop for something in particular.
Make sure you go shopping (if...
Make sure you go shopping (if you can afford it!) in the Ginza district.
the Ginza district is the preeminent high fashion area of Tokyo. It also has a great toy store called Hakuhinkan Toy Park. Stop by the toy store if you need some gifts for children.
Tokyo neighbourhoods: Ginza!
Ginza is the shopping heaven. Of course there are mostly very expensive things. Visit the department stores of Mitsukoshi, Matsuya and Matsuzakaya and if you feel like it, buy a little gift (o-miyage) and see how skilfully the gifts are wrapped.
An amazing section of the city with the most spectacularly expensive shopping I have ever experienced. Even if you can't afford to look in the windows, Ginza is great for people watching. Do be careful when crossing the streets; the traffic is crazy!!
A night out in Ginza
Old Cliffie worked in Ginza, the very heart of chic and sophisticated Tokyo. The luxury shops and department stores front the broad avenues, rebuilt after the devastation of wartime bombing, while the tiny side streets are full of smaller shops, bars and restaurants. At night, the yatai (food stalls) appear. Old Cliffie has fond memories of leaving the office in the evening for a quick beer and a bowl of noodles on a stool at a yatai.
This is one of the world's most expensive streets, and it really lights up at night time with all the 1980s high tech neon that you would expect in Tokyo. There are some good restaurants here, but you may like to bring plenty of money or a good credit card.
At the most known crossing of shoppingdistrict Ginza you'll find a car showroom. It's good to stroll around here during the hot summers. Free cold water is offered.
- Budget Travel
Many brand name shops are here
There are a lot of brand name shops here in Ginza. As only the expensive brands available, we only did window shopping ;-)
Your looking at the most expensive real estate in the world. Ginza is the business and upscale shopping district of Tokyo.
- Business Travel
- Luxury Travel
Besides visiting department stores in Ginza, do not forget to visit the Sony building where the company displays all their latest products.
If you love namebrand shopping then this is the place for you. Go to one of the company stores like Sony and see what's new and exciting.
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