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Ginza, Tokyo's Most Popular Shopping District - 21 Must-Visit Places
Ginza is Tokyo's most popular shopping district with many department stores and famous brands, some of them boasting a rich history. We introduce 21 must-visit locations in the vibrant area of Ginza.
Written by MATCHA
Ginza - Tokyo's Most Popular Shopping District
Ginza is the name of a district in central Tokyo. It is a vibrant shopping area with large department stores and several famous brands.
The name “Ginza” originates from the names of organizations that purchased and controlled the silver coin established by the Edo shogunate (1603-1868). At the time, organizations that dealt with specific commerce and industries were called “za,” or trade guilds. The office and silver coin foundry of an organization called Ginza was once located in the neighborhood's Nichome area.
We introduce the best places to visit in Ginza - for sightseeing and shopping.
1. Ginza Chuo Dori Street
Chuo Dori Street, the starting point of the five highways that extended across Japan including Tokaido and Nikkokaido, is Ginza’s main street passing through Hatchome and Itchome.
Lined with established Japanese department stores like Matsuya and Mitsukoshi, along with other famous brands, this pedestrian mall opens every Sunday and holiday and is always bustling with visitors.
Ginza Chuo Dori Street
Ginza Hatchome: 5 minute walk from Exit A3 at Shinbashi Station (all lines)
Ginza Itchome: Immediately outside Exit 8 and 9 at Ginza-Itchome Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
2. GINZA SIX
GINZA SIX is Ginza’s largest commercial facility. Here you can encounter and appreciate famous products from all over Japan as well as artworks by outstanding Japanese artists.
The rooftop has a space that has been developed into a garden. One can see Mt. Fuji, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, and other sights when the sky is clear. It is nice to visit for a change of pace if you’re tired from walking around town.
Tsujiri, a famous Kyoto tea shop, also has a branch in GINZA SIX. Tsujiri Soft Serve Ice Cream, Koicha, is a Ginza-limited soft serve using twice the amount of matcha green tea compared to Tsujiri’s regular soft serve ice creams. You can enjoy an even stronger matcha flavor with this special soft serve.
This popular shop is a place matcha lovers should definitely try at least once.
|Address||Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 6-10-1|
|Business Time||from 10:30 until 20:30; restaurants and cafes: from 11:00 until 23:30|
|Accepted Credit Cards||VISA,MASTER,JCB|
|Nearest station||Tokyo Metro Ginza Station|
|Access||1 minute walk from the A3 exit of Ginza Station of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line|
3. Ginza Mitsukoshi
Picture from Walk Around Fashionable Ginza – 7 Shopping Spots
Ginza Mitsukoshi is an established department store with over 80 years of history. The store extends from the fourth floor basement to the twelfth floor and carries a wide variety of items, from women’s and men’s clothing to jewelry and famous products from all over the country.
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 4-6-16 Google Map
Access: Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Line) / 5 minute walk from Exit 9 at Ginza-Itchome Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line) / 2 minute walk through the underground passageway to Ginza Station at Higashi-Ginza Station (Toei Asakusa Line, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line) / 9 minute walk from the Chuo or Ginza Exits at Yurakucho Station (JR lines)
Official Website: https://mitsukoshi.mistore.jp/store/ginza/foreign_customer/index.html
4. Ginza Wako
Picture from Walk Around Fashionable Ginza – 7 Shopping Spots
Ginza Wako is an established department store located on Ginza’s Yonchome that sells all kinds of women’s and men’s clothing as well as jewelry. The building is a landmark of Ginza due to its characteristic exterior where the SEIKO clock has been installed. It is used as a meeting place as well.
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 4-5-11 Google Map
Access: Immediately outside Exit A9 or A10 at Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro), directly connected to Exit B1
Official Website: https://www.wako.co.jp/ (Japanese)
5. Matsuya Ginza
Picture from Walk Around Fashionable Ginza – 7 Shopping Spots
Matsuya Ginza has over 90 years of history and is an established department store similar to Ginza Mitsukoshi.
Every year during tsuyu, or the rainy season, is the 100 Umbrella Fair exhibition, where several hundreds of umbrellas are on display in the atrium of the central hall from the first to seventh floors. It has been a very special display since the opening of the store in 1925.
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 3-6-1 GooleMap
Access: Directly connected to Exit A12 at Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, and Hibiya Line) / 3 minute walk from Exit 9 at Ginza-Itchome Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line) / 3 minute walk from Exit A8 at Higashi-Ginza Station (Toei Asakusa Line) / 8 minute walk from Yurakucho Station (JR lines)
Official Website: http://www.matsuya.com/visitor/en/m_ginza/
6. Tokyu Plaza Ginza
Picture from Walk Around Fashionable Ginza – 7 Shopping Spots
Tokyu Plaza Ginza is Ginza’s largest commercial facility opened in the spring of 2016. Several shops with a collection of Made in Japan products have opened branches in this mall, which is also complete with services for tourists.
LOTTE DUTY FREE GINZA extends from the eighth to ninth floor with duty-free shops. Tax exemption procedures can be done all at once for the products you’ve purchased at the duty-free counter on the seventh floor. Even travelers inexperienced with shopping in Japan can easily shop without any worries.
Tokyu Plaza Ginza
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 5-2-1 Google Map
Access: 1 minute walk from Exit C2 or C3 at Ginza Station, 2 minute walk from Exit A1 at Hibiya Station, 2 minute walk from Exit A0 at Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Station, 4 minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station
Official Website: https://ginza.tokyu-plaza.com/en/
7. G. Itoya
Ginza’s stationery store Itoya was newly opened as a branch called G. Itoya on Ginza Street in 2015. Here you can purchase all kinds of stationery, art supplies, and interior supplies.
The store has a collection of specialized stationery like craft paper and letter sets, as well as items you can use during trips. G. Itoya is very entertaining for travelers, too.
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 2-7-15 Google Map
Access: Face the direction of Kyobashi from the Matsuya A13 Exit at Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro) and walk for 2 minutes
Official Website: https://www.ito-ya.co.jp/ginza/ (Japanese)
8. Hakuhinkan TOY PARK
Hakuhinkan TOY PARK is a toy shop located on Ginza’s Hatchome. The toy floors extend from the first floor basement to the fourth floor and sells toys for a wide range of ages from dolls such as Licca to plush dolls, TV games, and magic goods.
The shop also sells unique goods like food samples and themed candies, so you can entertain yourself just by walking through the floors.
Hakuhinkan TOY PARK Ginza Main Store
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 8-8-11 Google Map
Access: 3 minute walk from the Ginza Exit at JR Shinbashi Station / 3 minute walk from Exit 1 at Shinbashi Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)
Official Website: http://www.hakuhinkan.co.jp/ (Japanese)
9. MUJI Yurakucho
Picture from 4 MUJI Matcha Sweets Recommended By Shop Staff!
MUJI is a store with original branded merchandise including everyday-use items, interior supplies, and food products. A branch is also located in front of Yurakucho Station, which is within walking distance from Ginza.
The MUJI inside Infos Yurakucho encompasses the first to third floor, and sells general goods and interior items, as well as wooden Made in Japan toys, books, and other items.
*Please note that this MUJI location closed in December 2018. On April 4, 2019, a MUJI store located in Ginza along the main street is scheduled to open.
Dining in Ginza
10. Umegaoka Sushi no Midori Ginza
Picture courtesy of Umegaoka Sushi no Midori
Umegaoka Sushi no Midori is a sushi shop located under the overpass a five minute walk from the Ginza Exit at JR Shinbashi Station. The lunch set is served from a reasonable price of 1,600 yen (before tax).
They also safely purchase their food products with detailed inspections such as bacteria examinations and inspections for radioactive substances, so you’ll be able to enjoy your sushi with peace of mind.
Sushi may have a luxurious image, but there are several restaurants that serve sushi at reasonable prices if you dine at lunch, like at Sushi no Midori.
Please feel free to refer to this article introducing sushi restaurants serving lunch for reasonable prices
Umegaoka Sushi no Midori Ginza
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 7-2 Tokyo Expressway Yamashita Building 1F Google Map
Access: 5 minute walk from Exit 5 at Shinbashi Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line) / 5 minute walk under the overpass from the Ginza Exit at Shinbashi Station (JR lines)
Official Website: http://www.sushinomidori.co.jp/ (Japanese)
11. Ginza Kyubey Honten
Picture courtesy of Ginza Kyubey Honten
The shop serves lunch starting from 4,000 yen (before tax) and courses for dinner starting from 10,000 yen (before tax with a separate service fee).
Ginza Honten offers typical counter seats and hori-gotatsu (sunken kotatsu) furnished counter seats, as well as table seats prepared. The shop also has seats available in Japanese-style rooms, perfect for sharing a meal with a close friend
Ginza Kyubey Honten
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 8-7-6 Google Map
Access: Exit 3 at Shinbashi Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line) / 5 minute walk from the Ginza Exit at Shinbashi Station (JR)
Official Website: http://www.kyubey.jp/ (Japanese)
12. Ginza KIMURAYA Ginza Honten
The main store of Ginza KIMURAYA, a bakery that boasts a long history since its establishment in 149, is located along Chuo Street in Ginza’s Yonchome. Yasube Kimura, the founder of KIMURAYA, is known for being the pioneer of anpan (bread filled with sweet red bean paste) and is one of the leading products at the Ginza Main Store.
Bread is sold on the bakery’s first floor, with a café on the second floor that you can enjoy as well as a restaurant on the third and fourth floors.
Ginza KIMURAYA Ginza Honten
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 4-5-7 GoogleMap
Access: 1 minute walk from Exit A9 at Ginza Station
Official Website: https://www.kimuraya-sohonten.co.jp/shoplist/detail/honten (Japanese)
13. Shiseido Parlour Ginza Honten
Picture courtesy of Shiseido Parlour
Shiseido Parlour is a café and restaurant operated by the Shiseido Company, which is also known as a manufacturer of cosmetics. The parlour opened as a store that produced ice cream and carbonated water, a concept that was still quite rare at the time of its opening, called Soda Fountain and is a famous store with over 100 years of history.
The first floor is where the shop is located and is where you can purchase sweets such as camellia biscuits, a representative western confectionery of Shiseido Parlour, and cheesecakes.
Shiseido Parlour Ginza Honten
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 8-8-3 Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 4, 5F Google Map
Access: 7 minute walk from Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Hibiya Line, Marunouchi Line) / 5 minute walk from Shinbashi Station (JR Yamanote Line, Keihin Tohoku Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line)
Official Website: http://parlour.shiseido.co.jp/en/ginza/index.html
14. Ginza Café Paulista
Picture courtesy of Ginza Café Paulista
Ginza Café Paulista is an established café opened in 1911. With every newspaper company, the Imperial Hotel, and international trading firms located nearby, the café was used for several years as a meeting place for the educated.
Several famous Japanese literary giants such as Kan Kikuchi, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, and Mantaro Kubota visited the café. It is now a spot that is also enjoyed by literature fans.
Ginza Café Paulista
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 8-9 Nagasaki Center Building 1F Google Map
Access: 7 minute walk from Exit B3 at Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro)
Official Website: http://www.paulista.co.jp/ (Japanese)
15. TsuruTonTan Ginza
TsuruTonTan is a restaurant that specializes in udon dishes and is a popular restaurant in Japan. Its main Ginza store is located on the tenth floor of Tokyu Plaza Ginza and is open from 11:00 to 4:00 the next morning if on a weekday or Saturday. As a result, a characteristic of this restaurant is being able to easily visit whenever you want.
|Address||Tokyo, Chuo-ku, Ginza 5-2-1 Tokyu Plaza Ginza 10th Floor|
|Business Time||Weekdays & Saturdays: 11:00~Following day 4:00 (Last order at 3:00). Sundays & Holidays: 11:00~23:00 (Last order at 22:00)|
|Accepted Credit Cards||VISA,MASTER,JCB,American Express,Diners Club,銀聯Card,Other|
|Languages||Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese, Nepalese|
|Menu/Pamphlets in Other Languages||Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese|
|Nearest station||Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Line. Hibiya Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Chiyoda Line, Toei Subway Mita Line. Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line and Keihin Tohoku Line.|
|Access||1-minute walk from Exit C2 or C3 of the Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Line. 2-minute walk from Exit A1 of the Hibiya Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Chiyoda Line, Toei Subway Mita Line. 4-minute walk from exit A1 of the Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line and Keihin Tohoku Line.|
|Price||Udon 880 yen~|
|Website||TsuruTonTan UDON NOODLE Brasserie (Japanese)|
16. SAKE HALL HIBIYA
SAKE HALL HIBIYA is a bar with Japanese sake from seven breweries from all over Japan. Each room in the bar is labeled with the names of each brewery so that you can enjoy Japanese sake cocktails while experiencing the care put into your drink.
SAKE HALL HIBIYA BAR
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 5-5-6-12 Miyuki Building B1F Google Map
Access: 2 minute walk from Exit B3 at Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro)
Official Website: http://www.hibiya-bar.com/sakehall (Japanese)
Cultural Facilities in Ginza
17. Kabukiza Theater
Picture from How To Watch A Kabuki Play At Kabukiza Theater
Kabukiza Theater is a famous Kabuki theater where you can enjoy the traditional Japanese performing art of kabuki. Kabukiza has a rich history and has undergone reconstruction repairs roughly four times during the past 120 years, due to the effects of deterioration and earthquakes.
Plays are performed throughout the year at the theater. A special feature of this theater is watching Grand Kabuki performed by top class actors.
Ways to purchase kabuki tickets and how to enjoy the theater is introduced in this article, so be sure to refer to this when you have an opportunity to watch a performance yourself.
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 4-12-15 Google Map
Access: Immediately outside Higashi-Ginza Station, 5 minute walk from Ginza Station
Official Website: https://www.kabukiweb.net/theatres/kabukiza/information/index.html
18. Ginza Yamano Music Honten
Picture courtesy of Yamano Music co.
Ginza Yamano Music is an established music shop that has been open since 1892.
This shop not only has a collection of instruments inside, but also carries CDs and musical scores. Ginza Yamano Music spans from the first floor basement to the seventh floor. Artist events, public lessons, and other events take place in the event space on the seventh floor.
19. Ginza Graphic Gallery
Picture courtesy of Mitsumasa Fujitsuka
Ginza Graphic Gallery is a gallery managed by a major printing company by the name of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. You can enjoy several pieces shown here free of charge.
There are also many other galleries and cultural facilities with free admission Ginza, such as the Shiseido Gallery. If you want to encounter works from both Japanese international artists be sure to visit one.
Ginza Graphic Gallery
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 7-7-2 DNP Ginza Building 1F Google Map
Access: 5 minute walk from Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Hibiya Line, Marunouchi Line) / 10 minute walk from Shinbashi Station (JR Yurakucho)
Official Website: http://www.dnp.co.jp/gallery/ggg_e/
20. Panasonic Beauty SALON Ginza
Panasonic Beauty SALON Ginza is a salon managed by Panasonic, the electronic appliance company. Visitors can discover and test out for themselves beauty appliances developed by Panasonic here. A self beauty salon is also located right next door where you can receive a 60 minute self-care beauty treatment for free by making an appointment in advance.
The treatment also includes a skin analysis using facial recognition technology and counseling, so this is also the best place to check on your skin’s condition.
|Address||Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 5-5-9 Ojio Ginza Bldg 1-4F|
|Business Time||11:00 - 20:00|
|Fixed holidays||Open all year except for the New Year's holiday|
|Required Time||2F hair care: 15 min, 2F DIY beauty treatment: 30 min, 3F premium DIY beauty treatment: 60 min (reservation only)|
|Accepted Credit Cards||VISA,MASTER,JCB,American Express,Diners Club,Other|
|Languages||Some employees speak English|
|Menu/Pamphlets in Other Languages||English, Chinese|
|Nearest station||Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza, Marunoichi Lines), Yurakucho Station (JR, Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Lines)|
|Access||On foot: Two to three minutes from Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza, Marunoichi Lines), six minutes from Yurakucho Station (JR, Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Lines)|
|Price||Trial sessions are free; you can buy Panasonic Beauty PREMIUM products|
|Website||Panasonic Beauty SALON|
Take a Break and Relax in Ginza
21. Hibiya Park
From Ginza Station, head in the direction of Hibiya Station by passing by Yurakucho Station and Hibiya Park come into view.
Hibiya Park opened on the historic site of an Edo period daimyo’s (feudal lord) mansion. Here you can enjoy structures such as the large and symbolic water fountain and the First Flower Garden, a western-style flower garden using flowers to create a geometric pattern.
Address: Chiyoda, Hibiya Park 1-6 Google Map
Access: Immediately outside Kasumigaseki Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Chiyoda Line), Hibiya Station Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Chiyoda Line, and Exit A10 or A14 on the Toei Mita Line) / 8 minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station
Official Website: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index037.html (Japanese)
Several hotels are located near Ginza Station. It might be confusing which to choose due to the many accommodations and different types of lodgings from hotels to guest houses.
If you’ll be simply be staying overnight (a lodging without meals) near Ginza, you’ll be able to stay for around 5,000 yen per person at a guest house.
It will cost over 15,000 yen per night at high-class hotels such as Hotel Monterey Ginza and Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier, so be sure to choose a hotel that fits your needs (** Prices will fluctuate depending on your room type and the season).
Lodging in vacant rooms in private apartments also exist. However, facilities that do not report to the government cannot remain operating due to the Private Lodging Business Act (Private Lodging Act) enforced in June 2018.
In the event that you will be staying in a private home, be sure to check whether or not the home has been given authorization to do so.
How to Get to Ginza
Ginza is located very close to Tokyo Station. It can be reached in about 12 minutes on foot or 2 minutes by train (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line).
Walk Around Ginza, Tokyo's Exciting Shopping District
Ginza’s history has continued on since the Edo period, and is a district home to countless established restaurants and department stores. The distance from Yurakucho Station to Shinbashi is also walkable, making it perfect for a stroll around town.
We hope you visit the locations introduced in this article and enjoy Ginza while shopping and getting to know its vibrant culture.