Yurakucho

Photo credit: Ken OHYAMA via Visual hunt / CC BY-SA
Photo credit: Ken OHYAMA via Visual hunt / CC BY-SA
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●Town Info

The town may seem like any other area in Tokyo, with bustling people shopping and dining; but in fact, it is the place Japanese people admire most. It commands you to dress your best.

 

The streets of Ginza are lined with flagship stores of world famous brands, department stores, and shops, all part of the high society make up of this town. It’s also known as the most expensive real estate in Japan.

 

Aside from shopping, it is also a well-known affluent dining area with many of the restaurants worthy of being called Japan's best, and then there are the arts.

 

You have the privilege of experiencing traditional entertainment such as Kabuki at Kabuki-za (Kabuki theater), or theatrical performances at the Imperial Theatre, and a few art galleries, all within this town.

 

It’s a widely known fact (just in case you didn’t know) that you will find many well-dressed men in suites, madams and stylish ladies walking around.

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●Access

Yurakucho Station

JR Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku Lines

Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line

 

Hibiya Station
Tokyo Metro: Hibiya, Chiyoda Lines
Toei Subway: Mita Line 

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●Recommended

This area is notoriously expensive-around 20% higher than other areas, so those of you reading this, pay attention. If you’re traveling on a tight budget, you better stay clear of this town. It’s just too expensive for you. And walking around town will only entice you to buy unnecessary items.

 

Have you got some money? The town will welcome you with delectable food and luxury goods; essentially, you will have a blast with the best service in the world.

 

To give you an idea of the gourmet standard in the area, Tokyo is ranked as the city with the most Michelin star restaurants; most of those restaurants are found in Ginza. Several of top-rated sushi bars, in particular are in this town.

 

You may think the price will put you out of reach, and you are right if you go for dinner. Visit the sushi establishments during lunch for about 1,500 yen to 3,000 yen and your palate will come to life at a reasonable price.

 

Shop for fashion wear, food, and gifts of all sorts. There is no limit to what you can buy. You just might go bankrupt.

 

Ginza is the attraction of flagship stores of the global “super brands” such as BVLGARI, CHANEL, LOUIS VUITTON, HERMES, GUCCI, Cartier and more than 40 other brands. The brand goods are not especially cheap compared to other countries, but you’ll find everything you will need. At the very least it is worth looking around, and you will feel rich just from the luxurious atmosphere.

 

On a side note, you can get your hands on brand goods at a more reasonable price when visiting the “airport-style” tax free shop, Japan Duty Free GINZA, located within Ginza Mitsukoshi Department Store. Consumption tax is not the only tax left out of listed price of goods, but also import tax, cigarette and alcohol tax are not included, bringing the cost of most items down 20% from their listed store price.

 

There are close to 40 brand shops within the store, which include TIFFANY & CO., JIMMY CHOO, VALENTINO, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, GUCCI, AND PIAGET.

 

Listen, if you can’t afford the high-end luxury brands, don’t sweat it, ZARA, H&M, GAP, and UNIQLO, the pillars of affordable “fast fashion”, also have their doors open for business in Ginza.

 

Then, there are the department stores, a collaboration of endless floors of shopping and gourmet food. The prices can be a bit more expensive, but you are assured with good quality and known brands.

Fashion and cosmetics often take up the 1st 4 floors, and sweets, which you absolutely must check out, have their own floor on the basement.

 

For those of you with money and want to spend some quality time drinking with gorgeous looking Japanese women, look no further. Ginza is the territory of upscale clubs and bars where you can try and sweet talk your way to a date with a girl or pay to talk with one at a gentleman’s club, where the women sit along side you and just talk with you, nothing more.

 

Just sitting down to drink and chat with one of these girls can cost per person at least 50,000 yen. I know you’re thinking, who in the world would pay such extravagant fees to just sit and drink with a gorgeous girl…but that is Japan, and it’ll make for a good story when you go back home.

 

If you are more into the traditional and cultural stuff, you can’t miss Kabuki theater. A low-end seat will cost around 4,000 yen.

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●Check It

There isn’t anything in particular you should see. The town was built as one luxurious place effusing upper class and tradition. It’s like one upscale theme park.

 

In Japan, there is a word called “Ginbura”. It comes from the action of walking around Ginza, window shopping and stopping by to eat at restaurants or cafes and you should also try it. Walk around to wherever your curiosity may take you and find yourself something delectable to eat.

 

Ginza Mitsukoshi (Department Store)

Mitsukoshi Department Store Ginza Tokyo Japan

Photo Credit: toshoken.com/ Mitsukoshi Department Store Ginza


Address:4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Access:[Ginza Station] via Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Line
[Ginza-Itchome Station] via Tokyo Metro: Yurakucho Line
[Higashi-Ginza Station] via Toei Railway: Asakusa Line

TEL.:03(3562)1111
URL: http://www.mitsukoshi.co.jp/store/1210/fcs/english.html
Closed:N/A
Open:10:30am~8pm

※Restaurants are open from 11am~11pm

 

Japan Duty Free GINZA (Airport-style Tax Free shop)
Location: Ginza Mitsukoshi 8th Floor
Tel: 03-5159-3400
URL: http://japandutyfree-ginza.jp/?lang=en
Closed: N/A
Open: 10:30am〜8pm

 

Matsuya Ginza (Department Store)
Address:3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access:[Ginza Station] via Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Line
[Ginza-Itchome Station] via Tokyo Metro: Yurakucho Line
[Higashi-Ginza Station] via Toei Railway: Asakusa Line

TEL:03-3567-1211
URL: http://www.matsuya.com/foreigner/en/
Closed:N/A
Open:10am~8pm(Depending on season)

※Restaurants open from 11am~11pm

 

LUMINE Yurakucho (Department Store)
Address:2-5-1 Yurakucho, Chioda-ku
Access: [Yurakucho Station] JR: Yamanote Line, Tokyo Metro: Yurakucho Line
[Ginza Station] Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line, Hibiya Line, Marunouchi Line
TEL:03-6268-0730
URL: http://www.lumine.ne.jp/yurakucho/index.html
Closed:N/A

 

Yurakucho ITOCiA (Department Store)
Address:2-7-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku
Access:  [Yurakucho Station]
JR: Yamanote Line, Keihin Tohoku Line
Tokyo Metro: Yurakucho Line
[Ginza Station]
Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line, Hibiya Line, Marunouchi Line
[Ginza-Itchome Station]
Tokyo Metro: Yurakucho Line
URL: http://www.itocia.jp/index.html
Closed:N/A
Open:11:00~9:00pm (Closing)

※Restaurant Hours 11:00am~11:00pm

 

Printemps Ginza (Department Store)
Address:3-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Access:[Yurakucho Station]
JR: Yamanote Line, Keihin Tohoku Line
[Ginza Station]
Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line, Hibiya Line, Marunouchi Line
[Ginza-Itchome Station]
Tokyo Metro: Yurakucho Line
TEL: 03-3567-0077
URL: http://www.printemps-ginza.co.jp
Closed:N/A
Open:11:00am~9:00pm (Until 8:00pm on Sundays)

 

Kabuki-z/Theater
Address:4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Access:[Higashi-Ginza Station]
Tokyo Metro: Hibiya Line
Toei Subway: Asakusa Line
TEL:03-3545-6800
URL: http://www.shochiku.com
Closed:Depending on performance
Open:Depending on performance
Fee:1,500 yen〜(Depending on performance)

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