Ginza Shopping Tour (Self Guided), 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: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Author: ann
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Chuo-dori Street
  • Ito-ya
  • Mikimoto
  • Ginza Wako
  • Harumi-dori Street
  • San-ai Building
  • Ginza Six
  • Hakuhinkan Toy Park
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Chuo-dori Street

1) Chuo-dori Street

Lined with boutiques and department stores, Chuo-dori Street is the main shopping artery that runs through Ginza. Visit on weekends when the street is closed to automobile traffic, becoming a ‘pedestrian paradise.

Ginza is the playground of Tokyo's bourgeoisie, and Chuo-dori Street is at the heart of it all. This shopping avenue runs east-west and intersects with Harumi-dori Street, the other main shopping avenue. This intersection is landmarked by the Wako and Mitsukoshi department stores.

Unsurprisingly, this street is massively popular with tourists. There’s plenty in the way of chichi boutiques and luxury brands aimed at the 1% - think places like pearl purveyor Mikimoto and Louis Vuitton.

But there’s also shopping for those on a budget. Uniqlo, for instance, has a 12-floor shop filled with every basic clothing item you could possibly need, complete with a sales tax refund counter.

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Ito-ya

2) 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
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Mikimoto

3) 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.
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Ginza Wako

4) 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.
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Harumi-dori Street

5) Harumi-dori Street

Harumi-dori Street is one of Ginza’s two main shopping avenues, running from Sukiyabashi towards Tsukiji, intersecting with Chuo-dori Street midway through. Visit for the fancy boutiques - or if your wallet isn’t too deep, the cool architecture.

Anyone visiting Ginza will most likely end up in one of two places first: Chuo-dori Street, or Harumi-dori Street. These two shopping avenues are the main arteries of this shopping area. While Chuo-dori Street has the edge over Harumi-dori Street on the weekends when it turns into a pedestrian-only zone, Harumi-dori Street has just as many shops and cafes along its length to keep the most avid shopper occupied.

Naturally, designer labels feature heavily on this street. Dior, Armani, and Hermès all occupy buildings that are as sleek and eye-popping as the clothes and bags they carry. Hermès even has a contemporary art museum on the top floor of its 15-storey building.

Harumi-dori Street is also home to the head branch of fruit purveyor Sembikiya, famous for its absurdly expensive but perfect-looking fruit. Pop in to gawk at the prices, and if they’re in season, the square watermelons.

A further jaunt along Harumi-dori Street heading towards Tsukiji will take you to Kabukiza Theater, one of the leading places to watch a kabuki play.
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San-ai Building

6) 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.
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Ginza Six

7) Ginza Six

Ginza Six is a luxury shopping complex located in the Ginza area of Tokyo. The name Ginza Six or G Six reflects the building address in Ginza 6-chome as well as the desire to provide an exceptional "six-star" shopping experience.

Ginza Six was built on the location of the former Matsuzakaya department store, which was Ginza's first ever department store.[2] The complex was inaugurated on 17 April, 2017, in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike among others. It is the largest retail space in Ginza.

The building has space for up to 241 stores, including flagship facilities for Fendi, Kenzo, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent and Van Cleef & Arpels. It also contains six floors of office space (floors 7—12), 24 restaurants and cafes, a banquet hall, a 480-seater Noh theater and a 4,000 square-meter rooftop garden.

Ginza Six has an art program run by Fumio Nanjo of the Mori Art Museum. The complex focuses on contemporary Japanese art. Inaugural exhibits included works by Yayoi Kusama and Patrick Blanc, among others.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Hakuhinkan Toy Park

8) 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

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