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Tokyu Plaza Ginza: Japanese Souvenirs, Handicrafts, Sake And More!

Tokyu Plaza Ginza: Japanese Souvenirs, Handicrafts, Sake And More!

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In this article we introduce Tokyu Plaza Ginza, located in the world-renowned shopping district of Ginza. Today we feature some of the carefully selected Tokyo souvenirs on display in the various shops.

Translated by Greg

Written by Maki

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Ginza is well known as a town where visitors from around the world come to enjoy a day of shopping.

It's in this area that Tokyu Plaza Ginza opened in the spring of 2016. Proudly boasting one of the largest commercial complexes in the Ginza area, it especially caters to our guests from abroad. Many of the shops have an especially Japanese feel to them, reminding visitors that they are indeed here in Tokyo. Today we introduce five shops that all have a great selection of Tokyo-themed souvenirs.

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Visitor Friendly Tokyu Plaza Ginza

Tokyu Plaza Ginza is a shopping complex that's only minutes away from both Ginza and Yurakucho Stations. It's directly connected by an underground walkway from the subway, keeping you dry on rainy days.

Making full use of traditional Japanese glass work, the facade of the building is designed with a kiriko* motif. Inside there are 125 interesting shops on 13 floors, including two basement levels. The duty-free shops will surely please visitors to Japan, and there are also many retail outlets specializing in Made in Japan products.

*Kiriko: a traditional glass cutting technique developed during the Edo period. It's characterized by a beautiful jewel-like design.

1. HANDS EXPO: Much More Than Just a Souvenir Shop!

HANDS EXPO, produced by Tokyu Hands, is a shop that carries just about everything you'd like to see in a variety shop. It's packed with all kinds of unique items on the spacious 7th floor.

HANDS EXPO is slightly different from other Tokyu Hands locations. Visitors who want to pick up something to remember their trip to Japan by can choose from a large selection of goods that make ideal souvenirs. World Heritage site Mount Fuji has its own special goods, all with superb designs, and even those not looking for a Japan-specific souvenir will be pleased with their purchase.

In the shop's SAKE LABO corner, there's a selection of Japanese sake and other related products. Be sure to check out the more than 50 varieties of Japanese cup sakes! They come in easy to drink individual servings, making it convenient to pick a few up on the way back to your hotel.

HANDS EXPO also has an adjoining cafe, so we recommending stopping in here for a short break during your shopping trip.

2. Fujimaki: a Store Inspired by a Charismatic Buyer

Originally an online household goods select shop, Fujimaki Department Store was started by Yukio Fujimaki, who carved out a name for himself as a charismatic buyer at Japan's Isetan Department Store. It became famous as an online shop and now they have opened up their first actual shop in Tokyu Plaza Ginza.

The surface of these accessories have a lacquer design pattern called inden. Inden is a traditional craft that began in Yamanashi prefecture starting in the Edo period. Made using the inden process, a smartphone case (17,820 yen) and a gamaguchi pouch (1994 yen) both make ideal gifts. One can feel the skill of the Japanese artisans just by looking at these beautiful designs.

3. Hamamonyo: Tenugui Towels Originating in Yokohama

Originating in Kanagawa prefecture's Yokohama city, Hamamonyo has a big selection of tenugui, a type of cloth used by Japanese people since ancient times as a towel and for other purposes in their daily life. When bound with string, the tenugui also becomes a tenugui-bon, or "hand towel book" (1000 yen). Book themes range all the way from Japanese culture up to interesting story books, making it hard to resist turning to the next page.

4. Cosmetics Makanai: It All Started With Gold Leaf

Photo: courtesy of Cosmetics Makanai

Cosmetics Makanai, had its beginnings in a long-established gold leaf company with a history exceeding 100 years, in Ishikawa prefecture's Kanazawa city.
These cosmetics were originally made to protect the skin of the women in the gold leaf factories, who were exposed to rather harsh working conditions. The hand cream, made from all natural ingredients, is the most popular of their products. Makers of this cream got their hint from a residue that's used during the gold foil production process.

Starting at 1500 yen, the hand cream is reasonably priced and we recommend it as a souvenir.

5. COOP STAND: Try Their Tasty Food Products

In addition to products made by utilizing traditional Japanese technology and materials, they also sell food products at COOP STAND. For example, jams made with Japanese grown vegetables by Sunokichi, a food product company in Kyoto with a 130 year history. These jams keep well, so upon returning home you can enjoy eating them as you fondly remember your Japanese visit.

Tokyu Plaza Ginza, a commercial shopping complex born out of the concept of Creative Japan, has many exciting shops in addition to the ones we introduced today. Look forward to our next installment when we feature shops selling items other than souvenirs, allowing you to enjoy your shopping to the fullest, right here in the heart of Tokyo!

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Information

Tokyu Plaza Ginza
Address: Tokyo, Chuo ward, Ginza 5-2-1
Hours: 11: 00-21: 00 (shops, services, cafe) 11: 00-23: 00 (restaurant, food shops)
Closed: Open every day (closed only on two designated days during the year)
Wi-fi: Available
Other Languages: Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean
Nearest Station: Tokyo Metro-Ginza Station, Hibiya Station, Yurakucho Station. JR East-Yurakucho Station
Access: 1 minute on foot from Ginza Station exit C2 and C3, 2 minutes on foot from Hibiya Station exit A1, 2 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Station exit A0, 4 minutes on foot from JR Yurakucho Station.
Phone: 03-3571-0109
Website: Tokyu Plaza Ginza

HANDS EXPO
Address: Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 7th floor
Hours: 11: 00-21: 00
Credit Cards: VISA/Mastercard/Amex/Diners/ China Unionpay are accepted
Other Languages: Japanese
Phone: 03-3572-2285
Website: HANDS EXPO (Japanese)

Fujimaki Department Store
Address: Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 6th floor
Hours: 11: 00-21: 00
Credit Cards: VISA/Mastercard/Amex/Diners/China Unionpay are accepted
Other Languages: Japanese, English
Phone: 03-6264-5612
Website: Fujimaki Department Store (Japanese)

Hamamonyo
Address: Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 6th floor
Hours: 11: 00-21: 00
Credit Cards: VISA/Mastercard/Amex/Diners/China Unionpay are accepted
Other Languages: Japanese, English
Phone: 03-6264-5663
Website: Hamamonyo

Makanai
Address: Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 6th floor
Hours: 11: 00-21: 00
Credit Cards: VISA/Mastercard/Amex/Diners/China Unionpay are accepted
Other Languages: Japanese, English
Phone: 03-6274-6130
Website: Makanai (Facebook)

COOP STAND
Address: Tokyu Plaza Ginza, 6th floor
Hours: 11: 00-21: 00
Credit cards: VISA/Mastercard/Amex/Diners/China Unionpay are accepted
Other Languages: Japanese, English
Phone: 03-6264-5617
Website: COOP STAND

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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