TOP 15 Things To Do in GINZA – Shopping, Places, Restaurants

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Ginza Yonchome

What’s your image of Ginza ? Well known as spot where luxury goods are gathered, Ginza is also deeply rooted to Japanese culture. Besides shopping We’ll introduce other hidden charms of Ginza you don’t know.

Ginza Things To Do | Go Shopping

Here’s a list of 5 must visit shops including recently opened Ginza Six, quality stationery shop, beauty salon, commemorative “Sanjafuda plate” with your kanji name and toy shop for your family and friends.

 

1.GINZA SIX

Ginza Six

Ginza Six

Opened in 2017 Ginza Six is the largest commercial facility in Ginza area.
With concept “Life at its Best” over 200 brands have gathered and more than half are flagship shops offering special goods and time. From the trendy style to luxury service and space, everything is offered in high level.
Ginza Six has the roof garden “Ginza SIX Garden” symbolizing  where the visitors can feel the nature.
Location : around 2 min walk from Ginza st.
Opens : Shops open 10:30am – 8:30pm
Restaurants open 11:00am – 11:30pm (different depending shops and restaurants)
Closing day : No regular closing day

 

2.Ito-ya Stationery Store

Ginza Itoya

Ginza Itoya

Opened in 1904 Ito-ya Stationery Store stands out with a big red clip on signboard.
With a concept “Make Creative time more beautiful and comfortable ” Ito-ya Stationery Store sells goods ranging from classic stationery for daily use to uniquely designed and high quality stationery.

“MEETING” on 4F : Store staff makes the original note in front of you using the paper you select.
Location : around 2 min walk from Ginza station A13 exit.
Opens : 10:30am – 7:00pm

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3. Panasonic Beauty SALON Ginza

Panasonic Beauth Salon Ginza

Panasonic Beauty Salon Ginza

Panasonic Beauty SALON Ginza is Salon where the visitors can experience goods of Panasonic Beauty and feel the latest trend of beauty by their skins.
Each floor from 1F to 4F has each different theme.
1F and 2F :  the visitor can see and try goods with no reservation.
Quick trial of home electronics for beauty and private treatment salon are available (reservation needed) .
Even if you are the first user you can freely try.
Location : around 1 min walk from Ginza st. A3 Exit
Opens : 11:00am – 7:00pm
Closing day : No regular closing day

4.Get Senjafuda with Your Name in Kanji

Senjafuda Ginza

Senjafuda Ginza

Located across the Kabuki theater, “Ginza Senjafuda “is well known for the service of carving your kanji name on Senjafuda.
Senjafuda is recommended as souvenir or commemoration for Tokyo visit.

What is Senjafuda ?

  • Senjafuda is a sticker on which the visitor to shrine/temple writes the name and address and put on the designated place at compound of shrine / temple as a commemoration for visit.
    note : when you put your Senjafuda sticker at shrine / temple, you need permission.
    Location : accessible from Higashi Ginza st. Exit 6
    Opens : 11:00am – 7:00pm on weekdays
    12:00am – 5:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturday
    Closing day : Saturday, Sunday except the above

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5.Hakuhinkan Toy Park

Hakuhinkan Toy Park

Hakuhinkan Toy Park

Hakuhinkan Toy Park is the toy shop where sells around 100,000 items from toy, stuffed toy, game and variety goods to the latest japan limited items.
Dream like spot where not only kids but adult can enjoy like child.
Highlight is Hakuhinkan Racing park on 4F where the visitors can enjoy car race at around 36m long slot car circuit.
Even small children can play using controller.
Location : around 5 min walk from Ginza st. Exit A2
Opens : 11:00am – 8:00pm
Closing day : No regular closing day

 

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Here’s a list of must visit spots including historically important and design conscious buildings, popular shrine/temple for locals, Kabuki theater and museum, Japanese garden and park.

6. Ginza Yonchome

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Ginza Yonchome

Ginza Yonchome is crossing at Ginza street and Harumi street in the center of Ginza, stretching from 1chome to 8chome.
Ginza Yonchome’s land price is the highest as a commercial district where traditional department stores gather.
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Ginza Wako

Ginza Wako

Ginza Wako

Ginza Wako is commercial facility where sells high quality goods from watch, jewelry, to  ladies’ and men’s goods which are independently developed and well selected.
Well known as symbol and landmark of Ginza area, Ginza Wako used to be the office building of K.Hattori & Co., Ltd. which is predecessor of Seiko Corporation.
Ginza Wako was built in Neo-renaissance style in 1932.
Since then graceful curving façade with the clock tower on the top has faced the intersection and observed Ginza area.

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7.Ginza Place

Ginza Place

Ginza Place

Ginza Place is the building designed with Fretwork as a motif.
Internationally highly praised architect, Klein Dytham in charge of external design completed the artwork in which straight line and curved line were brilliantly intertangled.

NISSAN CROSSING

NIssan Crossing

NIssan Crossing

NISSAN CROSSING is the Show room of Nissan where you can feel close to the sophisticated design of Japanese car.
Drive with simulator and live video of motor race are irresistible attraction for car lovers.
Location : accessible to Ginza st. exit A4
Opens : opening time is different depending on the shop
Closing day : No regular closing day

 

8.Toyoiwa Inari Shrine

Toyoiwa Inari shrine

Toyoiwa Inari shrine Source: ”Central Tokyo for Tourism”

Located in the narrow alley between high rises Toyoiwa Inari Shrine is believed to be the shrine of matchmaking and especially popular among women who pray for the romance.
Located near to Ginza 7 chome crossing Toyoiwa Inari shrine is conveniently accessible power spot while shopping and dining.
Location : around 5 min walk from Ginza st Exit A2

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9.Tsukiji Honganji Temple

Tsukiji Honganji Temple

Tsukiji Honganji Temple

Tsukiji Honganji Temple is closely located to Tsukiji fish market crowded with tourist from within and abroad. Well known as historic and noble temple, Tsukiji Honganji temple is in rare combination of architectural style of India and Jodo Shinshu Sect. Burnt in 1923 Kanto great earthquake Tsukiji Honganji Temple was renovated spending 10years to the present form.
Interior of temple is in traditional Shingon ji style with Japanese atmosphere, but mixed with the foreign style.
There are beautiful stained glasses above the large entrance door, beautiful chandelier on the ceiling and a pipe organ like ones in Christ church.
Location : around 3 min walk from Tsukiji sta.

 

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10.Hibiya Park

Hibiya park

Hibiya park  Source : Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

Hibiya park is the oldest western style modern park opened in 1903.
Well known as the metropolitan oasis, Hibiya park is the healing spot surrounded with the greenery and opens for 24hours.
There is the large fountain as a symbol in the spacious park, where you can enjoy 24 patterns of water splashing every 28 minutes from 8:00am to 9:00pm.
The visitors can feel changing seasons when they see colorful flower bed, cherry blossoms and colored gingko trees.
Hibiya park also has open air concert hall, sports facility and library.
Location : around 2 min walk from Kasumigaseki st.

 

 

11. Kabuki-za Theater

Kabukiza theater

Kabukiza theater

Kabuki is the Japanese traditional performance art.
Located in Ginza Kabuki-za theater is the special theater only for performance of Kabuki.

 

Kabukiza gallery

Kabukiza Gallery

Kabukiza Gallery:photo provided by Shochiku Co.,ltd.

Kabukiza gallery is must visit place where you can experience the charm and the back side of Kabuki by touching props which were actually used for Kabuki performance.
Exhibited only in Japanese, but English pamphlet is available.
Admission fee for gallery : 600yen for adult
500yen for elementary and junior high student
Free for younger than elementary student

 

Kobikicho hiroba square

Kobikicho square

Kobikicho square:photo provided by Shochiku Co.,ltd.

Located at B2F of Kabukiza, Kobikicho hiroba square is the souvenir mall with a lively festival atmosphere where anybody can enter.
The shops sell Kabuki souvenirs, Kabuki related goods, Japanese sweets, Japanese Tenugui cotton towel and other classic Japanese souvenirs.
Location : directly accessible from Higashi Ginza st. Exit 3

 

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12.Hamarikyu Gardens

Hamarikyu garden

Hamarikyu garden

Hamarikyu Garden is representative Daimyo feudal lord’s garden.
Hamarikyu Garden consists of the south garden named “Hama-Goten palace” where was used as Tokugawa family’s villa, and the north garden where was made after Meiji era.
Hamarikyu Garden is designated as place of scenic beauty and historical site.
South garden has Shioiri pond and two Duck hunting reserves.
Shioiri pond changes its scenery by tides as it draws the sea water.
This is only feudal garden where the sea water actually flows in and out in Tokyo.
Location : around 7 min walk from Tsukiji st.
Admission fee : 300yen for adult and junior high student
150yen for older than 65yrs old
Free for younger than elementary student,
Free for junior high student living in Tokyo
Opens : 9:00am – 5:00pm
Closing day : 29th Dec. – 1st Jan

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13.National Film Archive of Japan

National Film Archive

National Film Archive

National Film Archive of Japan is the only national movie organization in Japan and the largest film archive.
National Film Archive of Japan started as the cinema department of National museum of modern Art in 1952, and changed into the national art Museum in Apr 2018.
Exhibited are film related materials by themes such as movie director, actor/actress, film making country, genre and times.
The history of Japanese cinema is known using the precious collections in the Permanent exhibition.

What is Film archive ?

Film archive is the general terms for organization whose major activities are collection, maintenance, restoration and exhibition of cinema film and cinema related materials.
Location : around 1 min walk from Kyobashi st. Exit1
Closing day : Monday and year end/new year days
Opens : 11:00am – 6:30pm

 

 

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14.SALON GINZA SABOU

Salon Ginza Sabo

Salon Ginza Sabou

SALON GINZA SABOU is a café and restaurant featuring Japanese-style sweets where the visitors can taste good modern and old day Japanese food culture.
You can enjoy dish using ingredients and brand rice “Yuki Yutaka” cooked in earthen pot.

Recommendation
Sabou parfait

Sabou parfait

“Sabou parfait” in square wooden box for measuring sake
Unique and instagrammable “Sabou parfait” has four layer structures including mascarpone cheese mousse and Matcha ice, Form mixed with Matcha liquid and gas, and Warabi bracken mochi and sweetened chestnut.
Japanese tastes are jammed in “Sabou parfait”.
Location : 2F of Tokyu Plaza Ginza
Access : 1 min walk from Ginza st. C2, C3
Opens : 7:30am – 10:00pm

 

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15.Kissa American

Kissa American:photo provided by Trip Advisor

Café lasting for more than 35 yrs in Ginza where locals make a line to buy popular sandwiches every day.
Sandwich made by fresh delicious bread is reasonable priced, delicious and voluminous.
Morning time at 8:00am – 10:30am : sandwich and drink are all 500yen.
Wide variety of ingredients like egg salad, tuna, chicken salad and hamburg are sandwiched between more than 5cm thick breads.
French bread mixed sandwich is available for takeout.
Location : around 3 min walk from Higashi Ginza st. Exit 3
Opens : 8:00am -10:30am
12:00am – 3:30pm

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