Ginza, an area contains many high-fashioned brand shops and upscale department stores, is one of the most popular shopping district in Tokyo. You can enjoy not only Ginza’s luxury, but also traditional Japanese culture, such as Kabuki-za Theater, the first kabuki theater in Japan to use electric lighting.
Ready to enter in this fancy but old fashioned area? Here are top things to do and places to visit in Ginza and around.
Enjoy your day shopping for all things ‘Made in Japan’
Ginza is recognized as of one of Japan’s most sophisticated shopping districts. Lined with modern buildings, this neighborhood has many luxury brand stores and restaurants.
Shopping in Ginza Many of the tourists visiting Japan likely want to spend some time shopping. Nestled in Ginza’s central area is the Hattori Wako Clock Tower, which has become the neighborhood landmark. At the luxury department retailer Ginza Wako, you will find carefully selected luxury goods ranging from watches, accessories, to even baby gifts. You can also purchase quality products at famous established department stores such as Mitsukoshi, Matsuya, and Printemps Ginza. The Ginza chain of Uniqlo, a brand that has become hugely popul...
Yurakucho is a place for adults, that is both reasonable and expensive. Enjoy it as much as you like.
Yurakucho is a laid-back district close to both the Tokyo Station and Ginza areas. You can get a close sensation of the new and old through the newest fashion buildings and the energetic restaurant row under the railway crossing.
How to enjoy Yurakucho Among the entertainment areas of Tokyo, Yurakucho is a place for adults. Close to Ginza and Tokyo Station, the neighborhood is dotted with playhouses and movie theaters. Shops of high fashion and the latest shopping towers are all lined up along with high-class restaurants and reasonable food stands to create an area with a wide range of variety. During the day, Yurakucho is filled with businesspeople but on the weekends, there are plenty of folks going shopping and catching movies, and on the way home, they finish off...
The evolved business district with an eye for a fine view and enjoyment
Marunouchi, the heart of the Japanese economy, is filled with businessmen from sunrise to sunset. However, because of redevelopment, there is now also plenty of fashion and cuisine, and the area is popular as a sophisticated business district.
The new and improved Marunouchi Marunouchi is the office area of buildings for big banks and big business. This is ground zero for Japan’s finance and economy where businessmen smartly walk to and fro. This area which spans between the outer gardens of the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station once had the image of a stuffy and dreary business area, but going into the 21st century, there has been a period of redevelopment which has led to it becoming not just an area for businessmen but also a posh and fashionable place where average people...
Sony’s Ginza showroom where you can try out its latest technology
You can experience video and sound for free using Sony’s cutting-edge technology at its entertainment building where you can also enjoy cuisine and shopping.
The ever-popular Ginza landmark that has everything from an event space to showrooms The 1st to 4th floors are showrooms in the Sony Building where you can sample the most recent Sony products for free. And it’s not just products that are already on sale, but pre-release products and items that are under consideration for commercialization that are also on display, so that for Sony fans, this is an irresistible lineup. At the Featured Products Area away from the 1st floor entrance, the latest products are on display. Also, there are wor...
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Kabuki-za, the world’s foremost theater for kabuki
Renovated in 2013, Kabuki-za has become more enjoyable than ever for the world of kabuki. You can enjoy not just watching the Japanese dramatic form, but also souvenirs, sweets and exhibits associated with kabuki.
“First Time Kabuki” for newcomers The traditional Japanese cultural form of kabuki has that high-class image at a glance, but at Kabuki-za, there are many services to help those who are seeing kabuki for the first time. First off, there is special seating for those customers who want to just see the scene of their choice. There are 150 of these seats on the 4th floor of the theater, so it’s recommended for those people who want to see that scene many times or for those first-timers in the world of kabuki. Those tickets are a...
Ticket prices will differ depending on the performance
The souvenir shop and restaurants inside the theater can be entered for free
30,000 people running through the middle of Tokyo
In 2013, the Tokyo Marathon was added into the World Marathon Majors as one of the world’s important marathons. The exhilarating feeling of running through some of Tokyo’s landmarks is exceptional.
One of the world’s leading international marathons for the citizens of Tokyo A merger of the former Tokyo International Marathon for elite runners and the former Tokyo City Road Race for citizen runners and physically challenged people, the Tokyo Marathon has become a large-scale city marathon. The inaugural race was held in 2007 and since then, a wide field of superb invited athletes and participants have made this a world-class marathon of note. In 2010, it earned a Gold Label according to the world road race ranking system of the Inte...
An Edo festival that features a magnificent procession through the streets which resembles a picture scroll at the beginning of summer in the heart of Tokyo
The Sanno Festival, which can be counted as one of the Three Great Festivals of Edo as well as one of the Three Great Festivals of Japan, is a refined grand celebration that was also beloved by shoguns in the Edo Era. It is held alternately with the Kanda Festival every other year.
Hie Shrine’s great annual festival safeguarded by Edo Castle The Sanno Festival has a history which began from the Edo Era, and is said to be one of the Three Great Festivals of Edo alongside the Kanda Festival and the Fukagawa Festival. Under the protection of Edo Castle, it was first launched as an annual festival of Hie Shrine which garnered considerable support from the shogunate, and that tradition continues even today. The elegant and refined procession that evokes history is exactly like the world of a dynastic picture scroll. It...