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.
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 noon to 17:00 (until 18:00 from April through September).
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.
Daily 10:30 to 20:30 (restaurants 11:00 to 23:00)
Opened in spring 2017, Ginza Six is the district's largest shopping complex. Besides many floors of cosmetics and fashion, the complex offers interesting floors devoted to foods and interior design, a large Tsutaya bookshop specializing in art publications, a pleasant rooftop garden and a Noh theater in its basement.
Tokyu Plaza Ginza
Daily 11:00 to 21:00 (restaurants until 23:00)
Opened in 2016, the Tokyu Plaza Ginza shopping complex features 14 floors of shopping and dining, including two floors of tax free shopping for foreign tourists and an interesting open rooftop with views over the city.
Shops: 10:00 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.
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.
Daily 11:00 to 21:00 (restaurants until 23:00)
Marronnier Gate is a shopping complex consisting of three buildings, including the buildings of the former Printemps department store. The complex contains a large number of shops ranging from small boutiques to the Ginza branch of the popular Tokyu Hands department store which covers five floors of building number one and Uniqlo Ginza, one of the largest Uniqlo stores in the world in building number two.
Daily 10:00 to 20:00 (until 19:00 on Sundays and holidays)
This narrow but tall and elegant store is arguably Japan's best stationery shop, selling everything from paper to paint supplies. The store is bright and modern and contains various food and relaxation spaces on its upper floors. A separate, second building is located nearby one street off the main street.
Other Points of Interest
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.
Nissan Showroom: 10:00 to 20:00 Sony Showroom: 11:00 to 19:00 Restaurants: typically 11:30 to 22:00
Located diagonally across the Ginza Wako on the Ginza 4-Chome junction, this complex was opened in 2016 and features a Nissan showroom, Sony showroom and a few eateries and restaurants.
9:30 to 17:00, free admission Closed: Mondays, December 28 to January 4
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.
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.
Getting there and around
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.
Situated in a central location with 3 stations within a 5-minute walk, Imperial Hotel Tokyo is a prestigious hotel renowned for providing first-class hospitality for over a century since 1890. It features a fitness centre, an indoor swimming pool and a beauty massage salon. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property, and staying guests can use parking for free. The nearby Ginza, Hibiya and Yurakucho stations offer direct access to various locations in Tokyo. Imperial Palace and Ginza area are both a 5-minute walk away, while Tokyo International Forum is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Popular Tsukiji Fish Market is just a 7-minute drive or taxi ride away. Direct airport limousine buses to/from Narita and Haneda airports are available at an extra charge. Rooms at Tokyo Imperial Hotel are elegantly decorated, and come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a small fridge and a seating area. Free tea set and a newspaper are offered. The en suite bathroom includes toiletries and bathrobes. Guests can enjoy a workout at the fitness gym or in the pool at an extra charge. A variety of shops are available on site, including hair salons, a flower shop and a newsstand. Chargeable in-room massages can be arranged. The Imperial Hotel offers wide range of dining options with 13 restaurants and 3 bars, like Les Saisons French restaurant and Kamon Teppanyaki restaurant. The Imperial Viking Sal serves a lavish buffet, while cocktails and whiskeys can be enjoyed at Old Imperial Bar.
Open from 5 October 2017, Hotel The Celestine Ginza offers accommodation in Tokyo. The property is set a 3-minute walk from Shinbashi Station on the JR Line and Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. Ginza Station is a 7-minute stroll away. Guests can enjoy a walk around Hibiya Park, which is 11 minutes away on foot. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Every room at this hotel is air-conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. You will find a minibar and coffee machine in the room. Every room features an en suite bathroom which comes equipped with a bathtub and shower. Bvlgari bath amenities such as shampoo, hair conditioner and body soap are provided. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes, hairdryers, slippers and free toiletries including a toothbrush. The property operates a 24-hour front desk and free luggage storage is provided. Massage service and laundry facilities are offered at an additional charge. Guests can make use of concierge service provided at the hotel. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant offering breakfast as well as dinner and bar services. Tokyo International Forum is 11 minutes away via train and walk. National Diet Building is 1.5 km from Hotel The Celestine Ginza, while Kachidoki Bridge is 1.6 km away. Tokyo Haneda International Airport and Narita International Airport are respectively 26 and 63-minutes via express train from Shimbashi Station.
The Peninsula Tokyo pampers its guests with a spa centre and a fitness club with a swimming pool and sun loungers, overlooking the Imperial Palace Gardens. It's a 3-minute walk from Ginza shopping district, and offers concierge services. Tokyo Station is just a 5-minute drive away. Featuring designs with traditional Japanese influences, luxurious rooms boast a living area with sofas and a wide-screen TV, a bedroom with bed-side curtain controls and a marble bathroom with built-in flat-screen TV. They come with a dressing area, mood lighting and free WiFi. Guests can relax with a massage or beauty treatment, or unwind in a sauna or an aromatherapy shower. Services include a personal trainer while airport transfer by Rolls-Royce limousine is provided at a charge. There is a 24-hour front desk. Paid parking is available on site. A variety of restaurants at The Tokyo Peninsula cater Japanese, Cantonese and Western cuisines. Authentic high tea can be enjoyed at cafe The Lobby, while on the 24th floor Peter: The Bar offers cocktails, creative cuisine and sweeping Tokyo views. The Peninsula Tokyo is directly connected to Hibiya Subway Station. Ginza and Yurakucho stations are both within a 3-minute walk, offering easy access to Shinjuku, Shibuya and Roppongi. Tokyo Sky Tree and Asakusa are 40 minutes away by train. Airport buses take 40 minutes to Haneda Airport, and 90 minutes to Narita Airport.
Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo offers rooms in Tokyo. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Guests can enjoy shopping at Ginza Six, a 4-minute walk from the property. Guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a coffee machine. The private bathroom is equipped with a hot tub and free toiletries. All units come with a seating area. Free luggage storage is available at the 24-hour front desk. There is a fitness centre at the property. The property features a restaurant and shared lounge. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the property. Kabuki-za is an 8-minute walk from Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo. Hama-Rikyu Gardens is an 11-minute drive away. Guests can reach Omotesando and Shibuya within 20 minutes by train. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 13 km from the property.
Conveniently set in the Chuo Ward district of Tokyo, TSUKI Tokyo is located 3.6 km from National Diet Building, 5 km from Ryogoku Kokugikan National Sumo Stadium and 4 km from Chidorigafuchi. Featuring a bar, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space for guests. At the hotel, each room has a desk and a flat-screen TV. An on-site paid private bath is available for reservation. Japan Imperial Palace is 4.1 km from TSUKI Tokyo, while Tokyo Tower is 4.4 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 25 km from the accommodation.
Open from December 2018, an 11-minute walk from Marunouchi Building, The Gate Hotel Tokyo by Hulic is set in Tokyo and has a fitness centre and free WiFi. The property is located a 16-minute walk from Tsukiji Fish Market and 1.5 km from Japan Imperial Palace. The property is situated an 18-minute walk from National Diet Building and a 20-minute walk from Kachidoki Bridge. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Guest rooms include a wardrobe. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the property. The Gate Hotel Tokyo by Hulic offers a terrace. Speaking English and Japanese at the reception, staff are ready to help around the clock. Tokyo Haneda International Airport is 13 km from the property.
Boasting a fitness centre, THE BLOSSOM HIBIYA is situated in Tokyo in the Tokyo-to region, 300 metres from TKP Shinbashi Conference Centre and 300 metres from Steam Locomotive Square. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Japan Sake and Shochu Information Center, Space FS Shiodome and Nan-ou Park. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. With a private bathroom fitted with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also feature a city view. Guests at THE BLOSSOM HIBIYA can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Karasumori Shrine, Sakurada Park and Hakuhinkan Toy Park. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 13 km from THE BLOSSOM HIBIYA.
Located just a 5-minute walk from the popular Ginza area, Daiichi Hotel Tokyo offers spacious modern rooms with free WiFi. Guests can request for relaxing massages after a workout at the fitness centre or a swim at the indoor pool. It also boast 10 dining options with various cuisines. JR Shimbashi Station is only a 2-minute walk away, and the Imperial Palace can be reached within a 20-minute walk. The Odaiba area is a 20-minute train ride away. Famous Tsukiji Fish Market is 7 minutes away by car or taxi. Direct airport limousine buses to/from both Narita and Haneda airports are available from the hotel. The air-conditioned rooms have warm lighting and carpeted floors. Each includes a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and an electric kettle with green tea bags. All rooms feature a Simmons mattress and memory foam pillows to ensure a good night's rest. Bathrobes are provided for all guests and the en suite bathroom has a shower. Guests can purchase small gifts at the souvenir shop or relax in the sauna rooms. Laundry services and daily newspapers are available at the front desk. Room service is offered 24/7.
Boasting a restaurant, fitness centre, garden and free WiFi, Hotel Keihan Tsukiji Ginza Grande is situated in Tokyo, 500 metres from Shintomi Inari Shrine and 500 metres from Gas Light in Chuo Monument. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 700 metres from Tsukiji Catholic Church St. Joseph, 700 metres from Time Dome Akashi and 800 metres from American Legion Memorial Stones. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space and currency exchange for guests. The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. At Hotel Keihan Tsukiji Ginza Grande, rooms come with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Hotel Keihan Tsukiji Ginza Grande include Futaba Gakuen Birthplace Monument, Birthplace of Keio University and Hojuji Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 12 km from the hotel.
Opened in December 2014 and located just steps away from all the glitz and glamour of Ginza’s shopping, dining and entertainment area, Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo offers a 24-hour front desk, an on-site restaurant and free WiFi access. Rooms are air conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box and a desk. The private bathroom comes with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Some rooms also come with a bathtub. Towels and linens are provided. Currency exchange and luggage storage services are available at the front desk of Tokyo Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel. Laundry services are also provided at the property. A buffet-style breakfast featuring a variety of Japanese and Western dishes is served at the on-site restaurant. Lunch and dinner are also available. The hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Ginza Subway Station, while Higashi Ginza Subway Station is a 1-minute walk away. Tsukiji Fish Market can be accessed within a 10-minute walk, and Tokyo Tower is a quick 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. Haneda International Airport is 40 minutes by train. Narita International Airport is 72-minutes away via walk and an express train ride.