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.

    Address: Chuo-ku

    Directions: Tokyo Metro GINZA / JR YURAKUCHO

    Website: http://www.ginza.co.jp/

    Wako Department Store Shopping mecca Smaller streets of Ginza and vicinity Aquarium at the Sony Building Ginza Back Alleys

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    Try an Oxygen Bar

    by sneakye Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I decided I wanted to try and Oxygen Bar.
    So my guide and I went to one in Tokyo.
    It was heaps of fun, you get to choose from different smells
    and sit there for an allocated time and breath them in.
    They then measure the amount of oxygen in your blood.
    It is a unique experience and I reccomend trying this if you are in Japan.

    Address: Wing Oxy Bar in Matsuzakaya Departmentstore Ginza

    Emma at the Oxygen Bar!
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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).

    Address: Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Directions: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi or Ginza Line and stop at Ginza Station. Or take JR Yamanote Line and get off at Yurakucho Station.

    Website: http://www.ginza.jp/eng/index_e.html

    Ginza Wako Building Clock Tower
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    World Class Luxurious Commercial Area

    by o00o Updated Aug 16, 2004

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    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.

    Address: Tokyo Ginza

    Directions: Subway Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, Chiyoda Line, Hibiya Line, JR Yamanote

    Tokyo Ginza
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    Go to a Toy Store

    by mdchachi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

    Directions:   Chuo-ku Ginza 8-8-11

    Kiddie Land 03-3409-3431

      Shibuya-ku Jingumae 6-1-9

    Phone: Hakuhinkan 03-3571-8008

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    Enter at your wallet's peril - Ginza!

    by Restless-in-kl Updated Jan 4, 2006

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    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 :-)

    Address: Chuo-ku

    Directions: Tokyo Metro GINZA / JR YURAKUCHO

    From Tsukiji Market, take a 10 min stroll to Ginza

    Website: http://www.ginza.co.jp/

    Neon lights of Ginza
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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.

    Address: Chuo-ku

    Directions: Tokyo Metro GINZA / JR YURAKUCHO

    Website: http://www.ginza.co.jp/

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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).

    Address: Chuo-ku

    Directions: Tokyo Metro GINZA / JR YURAKUCHO

    Website: http://www.ginza.co.jp/

    Ginza metro line Wako

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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

    Address: Chuo-ku

    Directions: Tokyo Metro GINZA / JR YURAKUCHO

    Website: http://www.ginza.co.jp/

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    Ginza the luxury shopping district in Tokyo

    by shavy Written Feb 26, 2015

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    At first I don't have the money to shop here. This is the luxury shopping district in Tokyo. We do not have a shopping district like this in Belgium, this is enormously place. This is a place for shopaholic where one can shop till they drop. Ginza is not only for shoppers, is also for visitors who has no money like us (laugh). Incredibly massive stores, high-rise building with beautiful architecture, a very nice place to wander

    Ginza is also known for its luxury hotels including the Hotel Seijo Ginza, Hotel Monterey, Ginza International and Courtyard Marriot and so on. Also the historic cafe dates back to 1909 and was a favourite of John Lennon and Yoko Ono on their visits to Tokyo.

    For a remarkable food experience visit the basements of many of the large department stores, they have the most affordable food markets, selling just about everything you can imagine. For only a few hundred yen, you can have some of the tastiest and most beautifully prepared food you have ever seen, the choice is breathtaking.

    Address: Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Directions: East of the Tokyo Expressway. Tokyo Metro GINZA / JR YURAKUCHO

    Website: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3005.html

    One of the luxury brand
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    Ginza by night

    by Toshioohsako Updated Nov 6, 2010

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    Ginza is the most well-known shopping and fashion quarter in Tokyo. Nobody leaves Japan without seeing this place. Things are expensive but Ginza attracts many people and tourists, whether they buy or not. It is very beautiful by night.
    There are many visitors here but streets and traffic are organized and you do not feel so stressed. Please do visit Ginza in Tokyo!

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    Not just for shopping

    by Levente_D Written Oct 12, 2005

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    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!

    Address: Chuo-ku

    Directions: Tokyo Metro GINZA / JR YURAKUCHO

    Website: http://www.ginza.co.jp/

    Ginza - Shopper's Paradise

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    Sonyholics - gather round!

    by etfromnc Written Sep 20, 2011

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    Situated right on Sukiyabashi Crossing, on the Ginza, the Sony Building attracts gadget hounds and technophiles in search of gizmos that have yet to be released. The first four floors of this mid-20th Century mini-skyscraper, which is not particularly remarkable for its architecture, nevertheless attracts more than its share of tourists. If you are traveling with children, the kids will love the free PlayStation games, while adults can easily lose themselves for hours or so perusing (That is a sophisticated word that adults use to mean, "playing with.") all the latest audio and video accessories. Four floors!
    Open daily from 11-7 and admission is free.

    Address: 5-3-1 Ginza Chūō-ku

    Directions: If you are not already on the Ginza, perhaps eating at the McDonald's which holds the record for the highest opening day sales volume, take the Marunouchi, Ginza or Hibiya Line to Ginza (exit B9).

    Phone: 03 3573 2371

    Website: http://www.sonybuilding.jp

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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.

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    Address: Chuo-ku

    Directions: Tokyo Metro GINZA / JR YURAKUCHO

    Website: http://www.ginza.co.jp/

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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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    Directions: It is a 5 minute walk from the Yarackucho Marione to the Mitsukoshi department store.

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