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Heart of Ginza
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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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.
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World Class Luxurious Commercial Area
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.
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Enter at your wallet's peril - 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 :-)
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.
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).
High end shopping to the MAX !!!!
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
Ginza District, Central Tokyo
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.
Not just for shopping
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!
Try a $10 coffee at Ginza
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.
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Japan's top-ranking area for exclusive boutiques, first class department stores and an ambience of sophisticated urbane elegance.
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.
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.
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.
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