by Raina, staff writer of japan-guide.com
2017/04/14 - Sneak Peek from Ginza Six
On April 20, the much awaited new shopping mall in Ginza, Ginza Six will open, and I had the opportunity to check it out before it opened to the public. Part of Ginza Six stands on where the former Matsuzakaya Ginza department store used to be. The massive complex now takes up two blocks of land and is the largest mall in Ginza, offering almost 150,000 square meters of shopping and dining.
Ginza Six is designed by Japanese architect Taniguchi Yoshio - who also designed other well-known buildings like the Heisei Chishinkan at the Kyoto National Museum and the Horyuji Homotsukan at the Tokyo National Museum - and managed by Mori Building whose other projects include Roppongi Hills, Omotesando Hills and Toranomon Hills. The building has a tourist service center called Terminal Ginza located inside the Lawson convenience store on the first floor beside the bus bay. The one stop shop for international and local visitors offers assistance on sightseeing, currency exchange as well as tax free services.
There are a total of 17 floors, 13 overground and four underground. Shopping and dining takes up nine of the floors, showcasing a wide range of famous designer international and domestic brands. There are a total of 241 stores; 121 are flagship stores, of which four are the largest of their brands in the world, 11 stores are new to Japan. The Kanze Noh Theater located on the third basement floor and the rooftop garden offers views of the city, while office space takes up the seventh to twelveth floors.
Like Midtown in Roppongi, art plays an important role in the design of Ginza Six. Until February 2018, visitors can see huge chandeliers designed by acclaimed artist, Kusama Yayoi hanging in the center atrium, bonsai plants that make up part of some shops decor, and tastefully designed public spaces to sit and relax.