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,
Mitsukoshi department store,
Apple store ginza,
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.
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
I have a set lunch for 5500-Yen. Expensive?
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.......
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 !
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..
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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).
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?
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!!
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 ).
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?