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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kanto - Tokyo - Central Tokyo
Ginza 
# 6   of 73 most visited
sights in Tokyo

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The Ginza (銀座) is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes.

One square meter of land in the district's center is worth over ten million yen, making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. It is where you can find the infamous $10 cups of coffee and where virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics has a presence.

Chuo Dori street on a weekend afternoon

From 1612 to 1800, today's Ginza district was the site of a silver coin mint (Ginza means "silver mint" in Japanese), after which the district was eventually named. The Ginza evolved as an upmarket shopping district following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.

Most shops in the Ginza district are open every day of the week. A visit is most pleasant on weekend afternoons when the central Chuo Dori street is closed to automobile traffic and become a large pedestrian zone. The road closure takes place from 12:00 to 17:00 (until 18:00 from April through September).

Points of Interest

Ginza Wako
Shops: 10:30 to 19:00
Built in 1932, the clock tower of the Ginza Wako building is the symbol of the Ginza, standing at the northwest corner of the district's centrally located Ginza 4-Chome junction of Chuo and Harumi Dori. Inside the building, jewelry and luxury items are sold.

Sony Building
Showroom and shops: 11:00 to 19:00
Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 21:30
The newest products by Sony, including DVD recorders, televisions, cameras, audio sets, mobile phones, computers and Play Station products, are displayed to the public in the showrooms in this building. There are also a few shops, restaurants and cafes.

Kabukiza Theater
Regular tickets for an entire play typically cost between 4,000 and 22,000 yen depending on the seat and require advance reservations. Tickets for just single acts are sold on the day at the theater for around 2,000 yen.
The Kabukiza is one of the best places to see kabuki, featuring plays almost every day. The building was reconstructed and reopened in April 2013. It closely resembles its predecessor except for a skyscraper that now stands above it.

Yurakucho Gado-shita Dining (more details)
One of Tokyo's most interesting dining districts is located beneath the elevated train tracks north and south of Yurakucho Station (in Japanese: Gado-shita from "below the girder"). Stretching over about 700 meters, dozens of restaurants are built into the brick arches below the Yamanote Line, ranging widely from small yakitori joints and izakaya to beer halls and slightly more upscale French wine bars.

Police Museum
10:00 to 18:00
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Mon is a national holiday), Dec 28 to Jan 4
Admission: Free
English: None (a free informative English booklet is available, however)
Located just outside of the Ginza area to the north, the four floor Police Museum is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and is free of charge. Although there are no English explanations, displays such as historical uniforms and equipment can be easily understood.

Department Stores

Mitsukoshi
Shops: 10:30 to 20:00
Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 23:00
The Ginza store of the Mitsukoshi department store chain was opened in 1930 and offers goods and services on twelve floors. Mitsukoshi's history reaches back to the year 1673.

Matsuya
Shops: 10:00 to 20:00
Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 22:00
The Ginza store of the Matsuya department store chain offers fashion, foods, household goods, a pet shop, a travel agency and an exhibition hall on its eleven floors.

Printemps
11:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays)
The Ginza store of the Paris based Printemps department store chain offers fashion, accessories, wines, foods and restaurants on ten floors. Printemps Ginza was opened in the year 1984.

Marronnier Gate
Daily 11:00 to 21:00 (restaurants operate until 23:00)
The 12 floor Marronnier Gate shopping mall opened in 2007 close to Yurakucho Station. Clothing stores are located from the basement to the fourth floor, while the top three floors are taken up by restaurants. From the fifth floor to the ninth floor, the building is occupied by the Ginza branch of the popular Tokyu Hands department store.

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How to get there
The most convenient stations for accessing the Ginza district are Ginza Station on the Hibiya, Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line and Yurakucho Subway Line.

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English Links
Ginza Concierge
Portal website by the Ginza Street Association.
Shochiku Kabuki
Official English website of the Kabuki Association.
Ginza Wako
An English information page on Wako's stores on the official website.
Sony Building
English version of the official website.
Matsuya Ginza
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Ginza Concierge
Portal website by the Ginza Street Association.
Ginza Wako
Official website.
Sony Building
Official website.
Kabuki-Za
Official website.
Police Museum
Page on the official website of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.
Mitsukoshi Ginza
Official website.
Matsuya Ginza
Official website.
Printemps Ginza
Official website.
Hankyu Men's
Official website.
Marronnier Gate
Official website.
Ginza Core
Official website.

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