Ginza Shopping Tour, Tokyo

Often compared with New York's Fifth Avenue, Ginza is a district situated in Chuo, Tokyo. It is known as one of the most luxurious shopping regions in Tokyo. The area is home to big department stores and almost all leading world brands have their presence here. Ginza is also famous for its bakeries and restaurants. The small allies leading off from the main road is lined with galleries exhibiting paintings and other artwork. This area is bound to quench the thirst of every shopaholic.
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Ginza Shopping Tour Map

Guide Name: Ginza Shopping Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Tokyo (See other walking tours in Tokyo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Author: ann
Hakuhinkan Toy Park

1) Hakuhinkan Toy Park

Dubbed as one of the largest toy stores in Japan, the Hakuhinkan Toy is also the oldest. The shop has four floors where in addition to the usual dolls, puzzles, games, and other items, there is a large assortment of gag gifts and strange toys. There is a game arcade on the fourth floor. The place also houses child-friendly restaurants and a theater.
Operation hours: 11:00am-8:00pm
San-ai Building

2) San-ai Building

Located the intersection of Chuo-dori and Harumi-dori, opposite to the Mitsukoshi department store and to the Ginza Wako, the San-ai Building is the icon of Ginza on postcards and travel magazines. It is also known as the San'ai Dream Center. The building is in the shape of a glass cylinder and is illuminated by neon lights during night.
Ginza Wako

3) Ginza Wako

The Ginza Wako is a landmark building in Tokyo that was once the headquarters of the Seiko Watch Company. It is now a retail store selling upscale merchandise.

The Ginza Wako was established in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori the founder of the Hattori Watch Company that later became the Seiko Holdings Corporation. The Hattori Clock Tower stood in the location at the time. It was damaged by the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. The present building with a neoclassical style and a curved granite façade was designed by architect, Jin Watanabe. It was completed in 1932 and renamed as the K. Hattori Building. A clock was fitted in honor of Kintaro Hattori. Today, the clock tower plays the Westminister Chimes. The Ginza Wako was one of the few structures in the city left intact after the World War II bombings. The Allied occupation forces used it as their headquarters after the war.

Today, the Wako retail store sells watches, porcelain, women apparel and accessories, furnishings, jewelry, children’s apparel and expensive foreign chocolates. There are two restaurants, a tea salon, a chocolate salon, a gourmet and cake shop and a cafe within the building. It also has a large space for exhibitions where ceramic art exhibitions and other temporary events are held.

4) Ito-ya

This Ginza landmark is a delight if you are looking for stationary. From finely crafted greeting cards, pens, craft paper, to organizers and office stationary, this place has it all. All of nine floors, each floor has one specialty. The ground floor has an amazing collection of greeting cards and is a favorite during Christmas. The upper floors have pens, office stationary and the top floor has a tea lounge.
Operation Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; Sundays and holidays: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

5) Mikimoto

Known for their cultured pearls, "Mikimoto" is a world leader in the jewel industry. Their store is located right next to the Ginza Wako. "Mikimoto" is famous for being the official jeweler of Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe.
Business Hours : 11:00-19:00.
Sony Building

6) Sony Building

Designed by Japanese architect Yoshinobu Ashihara, the Sony Building houses several showrooms. It was opened on April 29, 1966 in Tokyo's Ginza ward (Chūō-ku). On display and sale are Sony products including DVD recorders, televisions, cameras, audio sets, mobile phones, computers and Play Stations. The building itself is an example of postmodern architecture. You will also find several other shops and restaurants as well in this building. The main showroom section of the building is split level floors up to the 6th floor, with each quarter of the showroom elevated from the previous by 90 cm (35 in), creating a continuous showroom space. Another unusual feature of this building is that it leaves a small square facing the intersection open, creating a performance/display space that the architect referred to as "Sony Square". A major renovation was made in 1992, with the exterior restored to its original condition. Exterior louvers and tiles were replaced, new entrance doors were installed, and the small square at the corner of the intersection was renovated. The original facade, a light display consisting of a large number of 5-inch cathode ray tubes, was replaced with 74 aluminum panels. Interior renovation was done at this time as well.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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