Ginza's Food Paradise - The Favorite Spot of A Popular Model
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Ginza's Food Paradise - The Favorite Spot of A Popular Model

Tokyo 2016.05.04

Graphic designer/DJ/Model Rebecca U A introduced us to Ginza Washita Shop (Okinawa Antenna Shop), the Ginza Mitsukoshi Food Area and the Foreign Customer Service Center.

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Melbourne-born Rebecca U A is a graphic designer, DJ and model who came to Japan 4 years ago. She is now leading a busy life in Tokyo.

One of the areas that Rebecca often visits in her free time is Ginza 銀座. In this area, one can enjoy shopping and food in a relaxed atmosphere. In this article, Rebecca will take us to her favorite stores: Ginza Washita Shop (銀座わしたショップ), an Okinawa(*1) Antenna Shop(*2), and Depachika of Ginza Mitsukoshi(*3). She will also introduce us one of the Ginza Mitsukoshi services that is offered to foreign visitors for a more satisfying shopping experience.

Read also: Ginza Special Contents

*1: Okinawa (沖縄)… The southernmost prefecture in Japan. It is a group of islands famous for its beautiful nature.
*2: Antenna Shop... Shops that offer local specialty products from different regions in Japan.
*3: Depachika... Basement floor of department stores where one can find bentō lunch boxes and take-out menus.

PROFILE

Rebecca U A
A graphic designer/illustrator from Melbourne. She came to Japan 4 years ago and has moved her base to Tokyo. She has started working as a DJ and model as well.

SPOT 1. Ginza Washita Shop

Ginza Washita Shop is located on the Sotobori-dōri  外堀通り, a street full of antenna shops from all over Japan. Any products from Okinawa are available, from food and crafts to daily used items. Rebecca often stops by this store.
"The moment I open the door, I feel like I am in Okinawa", Rebecca says. She likes the authenticity of this shop. Since she loves spicy food, her favorites are hot pepper products.

There is a space where customers can try out Okinawa sweets, local food, and beer. Also popular are the fresh vegetables delivered daily from Okinawa, and the original Purple Yam Tart (*4).

*4: Purple Yam Tart... A miniature sized sweet potato tart which is popular as an Okinawa souvenir.

 

 

 

Checking out unique sake

One of the highlights is the friendliness of the staff

Rebecca says, ”I love how energetic this whole place is! It's fun to take my foreign friends here too".

SPOT 2. The Ginza Mitsukoshi Food Area on the 2nd & 3rd Basement Floors

The Food Area is located on the basement floors of Ginza Mitsukoshi, and it is always full of customers even on weekdays. This place is a paradise for Rebecca who loves both eating and drinking!

In addition to the food varieties from all over the world, you can find alcoholic beverages and cheese that go with them. This place is indeed a heaven for epicureans. Rebecca took us around the 2nd basement floor, which mainly features delicatessen and bentō lunch boxes.

"Just looking at these colorful and lively shops is entertaining", she says.

You can find gifts as well

On the 3rd basement floor, you can find mainly alcoholic beverages. As they have lineups of rare products, it is a perfect place for those who want to try out something different.

Fascinated by the marbled Japanese beef

SPOT 3. Foreign Customer Service Center

As the number of foreign tourists is growing, you will hear English everywhere in Ginza. To adapt with this change, Mitsukoshi established a service center.

At the Foreign Customer Service Center, you can use delivery service to send purchased goods to your house, hotel, or airport. The staff members will also advise you on shopping, or help you with tax exemption procedures, currency exchanges, and so on. SIM cards are also available for purchase. This is a very convenient place for foreign tourists.

Sending gifts overseas

There are both English- and Chinese-speaking staff members who will support you with hospitality. Ginza Mitsukoshi is the ideal place for tourists to start their trip, since Ginza is often chosen as the first area to visit.

Rebecca' comment on Ginza: "What I like about it is not only the townscape, but also the fact that it has everything, from the latest shops to good restaurants. It could never get bored here!". Don’t forget to spare some time to visit the stores we introduced here as well!

*Original article found on: FASIHON HEADLINE

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Information

Ginza Washita Shop

Address: Tōkyō, Chūō-ku, Ginza 1-3-9 (1F & B1F)
Hours: 10:30 - 20:00
Wi-Fi: -
Credit cards: JCB, VISA, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, DC, Diners, Mitsubishi-UFJ NICOS, UC, JACCS, Life, Saison, Edy, Debit cards are accepted
Language Level: -
Menus in other languages: -
Most accessible station: JR Yurakuchō station (JR有楽町駅), Ginza-itchōe station (銀座1丁目駅) of Tokyo Metro Yurakuchō Line, Ginza station of Tokyo Metro Ginza, Hibiya, and Marunouchi Lines
Access: 4-minutes walk from Kyōbashi exit of JR Yurakuchō station, Walk up directly from Exit 3 of Ginza-itchōme station, 7-minutes walk from Ginza station
Price Range: -
Religion: -
Phone number: +81-3-3535-6991
Official Website: Ginza Washita Shop (Japanese)

Ginza Mitsukoshi Food Area on 2nd and 3rd basement floors

Address: Tokyo, Chuo-ku, Ginza 4-6-16
Hours: 10:30 - 20:00
Closed: Irregularly
Wi-Fi: Available
Credit cards: Meitetsu I card, DC, UFJ, NICOS, JCB, Mitsui-Sumitomo, APLUS, Rakuten, JACCS, Orico, Cedyna, Life, Nissenren, TS CUBIC, AmEx, OMC, DISCOVER, VISA, MasterCard are accepted
Languages: -
Menus in other languages: -
Most accessible station: Ginza station (銀座駅) of Tokyo Metro Ginza, Marunouchi, Hibiya Lines, JR Yurakuchō station (JR有楽町駅)
Access: 5-minutes walk from Ginza station of Tokyo Metro Ginza, Marunouchi, Hibiya Lines and Ginza-itchōme station (銀座1丁目駅) of Tokyo Metro Yurakuchō Line (Exit 9), 9-minutes walk from Higashi-ginza station (東銀座駅) of Toei Asakusa and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Lines, 2-minutes walk through the underground passage to Ginza area, 9-minutes walk from JR Yurakuchō station [Central Exit (中央口) and Ginza Exit (銀座口)]
Religion: -
Phone number: 81-3-3562-1111
Official Website: Ginza Mitsukoshi

Ginza Mitsukoshi Foreign Customer Service Center, First Basement Floor

Hours: 10:30 - 20:00
Closed: Irregularly
Wi-Fi: Available
Credit cards: -
Languages: -
Menus in other languages: -
Most accessible station: Ginza station (銀座駅) of Tokyo Metro Ginza, Marunouchi, Hibiya Lines, Jr Yurakuchō station (JR有楽町駅)
Access: 5-minutes walk from Ginza station of Tokyo Metro Ginza, Marunouchi, Hibiya Lines and Ginza-itchōme station (銀座1丁目駅) of Tokyo Metro Yurakuchō Line (Exit 9), 9-minutes walk from Higashi-ginza station (東銀座駅) of Toei Asakusa and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Lines, 2-minutes walk through the underground passage to Ginza area, 9-minutes walk from JR Yurakuchō station [Central Exit (中央口) and Ginza Exit (銀座口)]
Religion: -
Phone Number: 81-3-3562-1111
Official Website:Ginza Mitsukoshi

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