Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
An Area Guide To Ginza For Emergencies
We put together handy information for emergencies when you're in the Ginza area, including locations of public restrooms, police stations, hospitals, evacuation spots, and more.
Written by Koshizuka Misato
Not all vacations go exactly as planned. You might suddenly get sick, injured, or be involved in some type of accident. Encountering troubles like these in a foreign country can be more frightening than back at home.
In the case that you do run into something unexpected, we've put together a handy emergency map that you can use while traveling Ginza. In this article you'll find information about public restrooms, hospitals, police stations, smoking areas, evacuation spots and more.
You've suddenly got an upset stomach. Now is the time to head straight to a free public restroom.
In Ginza, you'll often find public restrooms in parks, as well as in between the many high-rise buildings.
This park is located in between Ginza and Yurakucho. It is easy to find as it's right by an elementary school.
This one is somewhat hidden within the surrounding buildings.
A tiled building near Ginza's shopping street.
The restroom has a Western-style appearance.
Located by the stairs at the entrance of the park.
Public Restrooms Map
Here's a map of the above that you can use to find the one closest to you!
Emergency & English-OK Hospitals
If you're feeling sick, or have an injury that needs to be treated, here's a list of emergency hospitals and hospitals with staff members who can communicate in English. We've also listed some drug stores to treat your needs until you get to a hospital.
St. Luke's International Hospital (Seiroka Kokusai Byoin))
An emergency hospital located in Tsukiji. It treats emergency patients 24/7, and medical specialists in multiple fields will tend to your needs. Being an international hospital, many of the doctors speak fluent English so there's no need to worry about the language barrier. It's also a general hospital so you can stop by even if you don't have an emergency.
AGE Makita Clinic
A hospital for internal medicine located in between Ginza Station and Yurakucho Station. The doctor can speak English.
Matsumoto Kiyoshi Ginza 5th Store
A drug store found right by the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Ginza Station B5 Exit. The store handles everything from bandaids to medicine. You can stop by when you need some sort of treatment but your condition is not bad enough that you need to visit a hospital.
Police Stations (Koban)
In Japan, you'll find police offices called koban in various places around cities. If you've lost your wallet, or are lost yourself, or have gotten involved in some type of unexpected trouble, you should first calm down and find the nearest koban. A friendly police officer will be willing to help you.
Ginza Yonchome Koban
Conveniently, Ginza has two koban offices right by the station. One is outside of the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Ginza Station Exit A1. It's located along the Ginza Chuo Dori street and is easy to find.
The other is right by the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line C4 Exit.
Tsukiji Police Station
This police station looks after the Ginza area. If you've lost your passport, or need help that can't be offered at a koban, you should head here.
Natural Disasters & Evacuation Spots
In Japan, it's recommended that you gather to one of several designated evacuation spots in the case of an earthquake or other natural disaster.
However, instead of evacuating right away, there are times that it may be safer to follow the advice of facility staff or other locals. You should first calm down, study your surroundings, and then head to the nearest evacuation spot.
Taimei Elementary School
The nearest evacuation spot from central Ginza.
If you're in the Ginza Icchome or Shintomicho Station area, this is the closest evacuation spot.
A regulation to abolish smoking while walking and littering was enacted in the Chuo ward, prohibiting not only smoking while walking and littering, but also smoking in crowded areas like station entrances.
So in Ginza, which is part of the Chuo ward, you won't find many public smoking areas. You will have to refrain from smoking while here, or head to a cafe or restaurant that allows it.