Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
Walk Around Fashionable Ginza - 7 Shopping Spots
Written by Jumpei Kawashima
Ginza is known as Tokyo's number one high-class shopping district. Luxury brand shops and boutiques as well as department stores line the main street. The main street is crowded with shopping customers on weekends.
Ginza is known as one of the greatest high-class shopping districts in Tokyo. Many luxury brand shops and boutiques as well as department stores line the main street.
Today we'll be introducing seven of the best shopping spots around Ginza.
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1. Ginza Mitsukoshi
Firstly, Ginza's long-established department store, Ginza Mitsukoshi. It has a history of over 80 years, and has been loved by men and women of all ages.
There's a lion statue at the entrance.
We recommend the ladies' apparel on the 3rd floor and mens' apparel on the 5th floor, along with the fragrance corner on the basement 1st floor, which all have a wide variety of products.
There are restaurants on the 11th and 12th floor where you can casually rest and have a nice meal in between shopping.
It's also very easy to access, being directly connected to Tokyo Metro Ginza station (exits A7, A8, A11).
2. Ginza Wakō
Next up is Ginza Wakō. This is also a long-established department store located across from Ginza Mitsukoshi.
What is unique about it is the outer appearance! The clock tower is known as a landmark that has been looking over Ginza since 1932.
As a department store should, it handles men's and women's apparel and jewelry, as well as interior design and other products. Originally being a clock retail store, the 1st floor watch area has a great variety of goods. Some are called "Wakō Watches" and can only be found at Wakō.
Wakō is also connected to Ginza station from the B1 exit.
3. Matsuya Ginza
Matsuya Ginza is another department store connected to Ginza station's A12 exit.
It has a long history, but its current exterior is a modern one, with white glass windows with LED built into them.
It's renowned for its exquisite art exhibitions held in the gallery on the 7th floor.
A wide range of exhibitions are held, such as "Wa"-themed traditional crafts and modern art. Most of the exhibitions are held for a limited time, so we recommend you check the exhibition schedule at their official website (Japanese only) before you go.
4. Tokyū Plaza Ginza
Tokyū Plaza Ginza opened in the spring of 2016, and is located right outside Ginza station's C2 and C3 exits.
Many Japanese souvenir shops as well as fashion brands from both in and out of Japan can be found here.
From the KIRIKO LOUNGE on the 6th floor and also the KIRIKO TERRACE on the rooftop, you can overlook the city of Ginza. These spots are great for a short rest while you shop.
5. Ginza INZ
Ginza INZ is located in an unusual location under a Tokyo Highway bridge, about a 5 minute walk from Ginza station.
It's an oblong building, divided into buildings number 1 to number 3.
The 1st basement floor and the 2nd floor are restaurants, where you can enjoy various dishes.
6. Printemps Ginza
Printemps Ginza leads Ginza's fashion. It's a 2 minute walk from Ginza station's C8 exit.
It was initially a high-class store, associated with a famous French department store, but at present it also includes many reasonable brands such as Uniqlo and Nitori.
We recommend the sweets area on the 2nd basement floor where you can taste countless flavors.
7. Uniqlo Ginza
Uniqlo is a brand that represents Japan's fast fashion, and Uniqlo Ginza boasts the world's largest store space.
It's a 4 minute walk from Ginza station's A2 exit. You can have a look at Uniqlo's newest fashion from the main street through its impressive glass windows.
It covers men's, women's, kids' and baby clothing, in an overwhelming 12 floor building.
There are also staff members who speak six different languages (Japanese, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean), so you don't have to worry about any communication barriers while you shop.
The characteristics of Ginza's shopping spots are that they are all close from the station. Ginza is easily accessible from around Tokyo, so we recommend you stop by.
Ginza Shopping Spot Map