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IN A FEW WORDS

Tokyo's high class shopping paradise

DESCRIPTION

Ginza

Free 10:00 - 21:00

Ginza is a shopping and dining district located in central Tokyo, famous for its large number of high end boutiques, department stores, art galleries and restaurants. It is considered as one of the world's most luxurious shopping areas, featuring flagship stores of almost all of the most prestigious and exclusive fashion brands, such as Chanel, Louis Vutton, Dior or Gucci.

The origin of Ginza dates back to the late 19th century, during the Meiji era, when the government designated the area as a model of modernization and redeveloped it with western-style brick buildings and large avenues. Nowadays only a few of those constructions remain, most notably the 1932's Ginza Wako building, but a certain foreign feel is retained through the wide walkways and the extensive presence of western brands.

Aside from high class shops, Ginza offers a wide variety of restaurants and cafeterias, some of which are even labeled under famous fashion brands. Prices are generally quite steep, but the smaller alleys hide more reasonable offers. Art galleries are also a prominent part of the district, housing over 200, as well as theaters. The recently renovated Kabuki-za theater is one of the new landmarks of Ginza and one of the best places to enjoy traditional Kabuki plays in Tokyo.

Ginza is best visited during the afternoons of Saturdays and Sundays (12:00 to 17:00), when its main street (Chuo-dori) is closed to traffic becoming a large pedestrian area.

HOW TO GET THERE

Ginza Station
Ginza, Hibiya, Marunouchi Lines

Yurakucho Station
Yurakucho Line

JR Yurakucho Station
Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku Lines Railpass

aroundMOVE AROUND

The Ginza district is best explored on foot. The Ginza subway station is located in the heart of the area, whereas the Yurakucho train and subway station is located a few minutes away on foot.

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