How to Enjoy Ginza: Get Off at the Right Station
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How to Enjoy Ginza: Get Off at the Right Station

Tokyo 2015.10.24

This article shows you which stations to get off in Ginza, depending on where you're trying to get to.

Translated byShinji Takaramura

Born in 1959. Currently working as a freelance translator, after 21 years in various companies.

Written by OsawaKimie

Ginza is the pride of Tokyo, an area rich in tradition and innovation. Besides being famous as a shopping town, you can also watch Kabuki, a traditonal Japanese performing art, or taste Japanese cuisine made by a first-class itamae (chef).

Ginza is a surprisingly vast area, and some first-time visitors may get tired walking around. So, to make the visit worthwhile, we will show you which station to use, depending on your destination.

Destination No.1: Shopping in the Ginza 4 (Yon) Chome Area

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The Ginza 4 chome crossing, where the Ginza Dori and Harumi Dori meet, is one the most famous shopping spots in the Metropolitan area, with long-established department stores like Mitsukoshi and Matsuya, along with the famous fashion brand shops. On a rainy day, get off at the Ginza station of the Tokyo Metro Ginza, Marunouchi, and Hibiya lines, and you will be able to reach the crossing without getting wet.

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After getting off, follow the signs and head for the Ginza 4 chome Crossing Gate.

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This is the gate. Many tourists and businesspersons use Ginza Station.

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The Tokyo Metro Information Desk is located right in front of the gate. The desk offers information about Ginza station, and you can also ask about the route to your destination. The service managers can speak English, so it's worth the visit. There are also leaflets in Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, and Thai, for tourists from abroad.

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The entrance to the upsacle department store Mitsukoshi is also near the gate. The information center, where you can get sightseeing pamphlets and maps of the Ginza area, is located on the 1st level basement of the store. The staff here can also speak English, so tourists don't have to worry.

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Before going aboveground, check the map and find the nearest exit to your destination. The exits to the Ginza 4 chome crossing are inside the circled area.

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This is exit A7, which is near the Ginza Dori entrance of Mitsukoshi.

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Go up the stairs, and Mitsukoshi's Ginza Dori entrance is on the right side. It is also a convenient place to wait for your friends.

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Wako, located on the opposite side of Mitsukoshi, is a historied department store which handles a wide variety of formal accessories. It was founded in 1881, and is one of the famous stores in Ginza, along with Mitsukoshi and Matsuya.

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Many people take photographs of the Wako building, with the clock tower which has watched over Ginza for more than a century.

Destination No.2: Experience Traditional Japanese Art at the Kabukiza

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Kabuki, a traditional Japanese performing art, has a huge number of fans all over the world. The Kabukiza, located at Ginza, is THE theater to view Kabuki. Kabukiza was founded at its current location 126 years ago, and is one of the leading theaters in Japan. The Kabukiza, with its charged atmosphere, is worth a visit.

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Higashi-Ginza station is loctaed right in front of the Kabukiza, and both the Toei Subway and the Tokyo Metro stop here. Exit No.3 is the closest exit to the Kabukiza.

Destination No.3: Fine Japanese Cuisine in the Ginza Itchome Area

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There are many restaurants in the Ginza Itchome area. G-Zone, which opened in 2003 as a building filled with Japanese restaurants and cafes, is one of them. Gonpachi G-zone Ginza, with its Japanese-style interior, is especially popular among tourists.

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If you want to wine and dine at Ginza, get off at the Ginza-itchome station of the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line. There are many restaurants in the Ginza Itchome area that stay open until late in the night, so it's convenient to drop by after sightseeing.

Information

Tokyo Metro Ginza, Hibiya, and Marunouchi Line/ Ginza Station

Address: 4-1-2 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours:
From the first to the last departure of the train.
There are no closed days.
Wi-Fi: Available
Credit Cards: Not accepted
Language: Japanese and English
Telephone: 03-3561-4478
Official HP (Japanese): Ginza Station

Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line/ Higashi-Ginza Station

Address: 4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours:
From the first to the last departure of the train.
There are no closed days.
Wi-Fi: Available
Credit Cards: Not accepted
Language: Japanese and English
Telephone: 03-3542-0618
Official HP (Japanese): Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Higashi-Ginza Station

Toei Subway Asakusa Line/ Higashi-Ginza Station

Address: 4-10-10 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours:
From the first to the last departure of the train.
There are no closed days.
Wi-Fi: Available
Credit Cards: Not accepted
Language: Japanese and English
Telephone: 03-3542-2072
Official HP (Japanese): Toei Sybway Asakusa Line Higashi-Ginza Station

Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line/ Ginza-itchome Station

Address: 1-7-12 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours:
From the first to the last departure of the train.
There are no closed days.
Wi-Fi: Available
Credit Cards: Not accepted
Language: Japanese and English
Telephone: 03-3567-6846
Official HP (Japanese): Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line Ginza-itchome Station

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