Tokyo/Ginza

Wako Department Store

The Ginza (銀座) district of Tokyo, literally "Silver Mint", is in the Chuo ward. It is considered the high fashion center of the city and contains many upscale shops and restaurants.

Get in

By train

Getting to Ginza is easy - in the heart of the area is Ginza station, connected to the Marunouchi (M16), Ginza (G09), and Hibiya (H08) subway lines. Alternatively you may walk to the area from the JR Shimbashi or Yurakucho stations, Higashi-Ginza station on the Toei Asakusa (A11) or the Ginza Itchome station on the Yurakucho (Y19) subway line.

Connections from Narita Airport can be made either by taking the Keisei line to Ueno, then changing to the Ginza line (¥2,080 and 80 minutes via Keisei's reserved Skyliner service, or ¥1,160 and about 100 minutes via their limited express commuter service), or by JR's Narita Express to Tokyo Station and then the Marunouchi subway (¥2,900, 80 minutes). Both airport services offer numerous additional connections if your destination is closer to another station. Domestic passengers flying into Haneda Airport have it easier - Keikyu trains travel directly from the airport to the Asakusa line's Higashi-Ginza station (¥650, 30 minutes).

By bus

Airport Limousine Buses run from the airport to major hotels in Ginza, taking 80–90 minutes under normal highway traffic and costing ¥3000.

See

The San-ai Building at night

Do

Buy

Ginza is the home of Tokyo's oldest and most prestigious department stores; the most exclusive is probably Wako. And of course Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel and Prada have stores as well, as do most other fashion brands you can think of.

Eat

Melon-pan, a unique circular bun flavored with honey melon, has been popular throughout Japan for several years. Most of melon-pan’s surface is of a cookie consitency, and looks like an inverted cut up melon in its skin. Ginza is known as the cradle of Melon pan, though the veracity of the story is uncertain. Hotel Okura and Hotel Seiyou’s bread has become very famous recently. Some shops such as Ginza Kimuraya sell melon-pan in special flavors such as coffee or orange.

Budget

Walk along the sides of the Ginza station and around, there are many cheap places to eat and small places have vending machines and are happy to give you English menus and help out with the vending machine- you just have to ask. They are good places to eat and offer good variety around 350-900yen for a good curry or bowl of ramen. Look for the little curtains and the sound of cooking!

Mid-range

Splurge

Ginza hosts many of Japan's most exclusive (and expensive) ryotei, many of which require not just reservations but introductions before they'll grant you the privilege of paying up to ¥50,000 per person (excluding drinks) for your meal. The following options are somewhat more down to earth and at the very least accept reservations from the general public, provided you have the funds to pay for the meal.

Drink

Coffee

Bars and pubs

Clubs

Sleep

Accommodation in Ginza itself is limited and expensive. You can shave a fair bit off the price by heading around the corner to Shimbashi, which is a major train hub and has lots of serviceable mid-range and capsule hotels.

Budget

Mid range

Splurge

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