Ginza is a district of Chūō, Tokyo. It is known as an upscale area of Tokyo with numerous department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffeehouses. Ginza is recognized as one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world. Many upscale fashion clothing flagship stores are located here, being also recognized as having the highest concentration of western shops in Tokyo.
Getting to Ginza By train: Connections from Narita Airport can be made by taking the Keisei line to Ueno, then changing to the Ginza line Via Keisei's reserved Skyliner service Time: 80 minutes Cost: ¥2,080 (26USD) Via their limited express commuter service Time: 100 minutes Cost: ¥1,160 (15USD) JR's Narita Express to Tokyo Station and then to Marunouchi subway Time: 80 minutes Cost: ¥2,900 (36USD) By bus: Airport Limousine Buses run from the airport to major hotels in Ginza Time: 80-90 minutes Cost:¥3,000 (37USD)
Map of Ginza
Tsukiji Fish Market The Tsukiji Fish market is the largest Fish Market in Asia. Although, by midafternoon, there’s seldom left but scraps! To get there in it’s prime, it’s best to go as early as possible, around seven or eight in the morning!
Kabuki-za Theater The Kabuki-Za theater is one of the only buildings built in traditional style architecture with modern materials. It was reconstructed after being burnt down in the eighteenth century. Before it’s demolition in 2010, it was possible to catch a Kabuki play for as little as 1000 Yen!
Sony Building What’s a shopping district without technology? The Sony building is a headquarters for the technology giant, and holds demonstrations every day. Entrance is free!
Apple Building The first to be built outside of the United States, the Apple Building, much like the Sony Building, is one of the trademarks of Ginza. Eight floors tall, and complete with theater, the Apple Building is a must-see for every tourist.
Wako Building This building was built in the 1930s, surviving the Tokyo bombing. The company was initially a watch company, but parted ways from Hattori (Seiko) in the 1940s and is now a high-end retail establishment where one can buy watches, jewelry, women’s fashion, and foreign chocolate. The building also contains two restaurants, a café, and a tea and chocolate salon, in addition to exhibition space.
Chuo-Dori Street Chuo-Dori Street is Ginza’s main strip, and it gets extra busy on the weekends when it allows only pedestrian traffic. Primarily a big draw due to shopping, it also has a long-established anpan bakery, a tempura restaurant, and a historic beer hall.
Sanai Building The Sanai Building has long been hailed as the trademark of Ginza. Located at the intersection of Chuo-Dori and Harumi-Dori, the store is nine floors and sports many big-name foreign designers.
Restaurants in Ginza ISHINGO is famous for its steamed meat buns. It was established in 1899. Kyube is a very famous and well-established sushi restaurant, often the choice for many Japanese celebrities. Tenichi is a renowned tempura restaurant that takes advantage of the fresh seafood in ample supply.