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Ginza, Tokyo: 10 reviews and 15 photos

  that's really me at Ginza
by Wild_Orchid

You can experience Japanese consumer culture at the happening swanky commercial and shopping district of Ginza.

Big name designers such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, Gucci, Cartier and new-comers Zara sit alongside Japan's famous Mikimoto and Japanese department stores such as Mitsukoshi (this branch dated back to the Meiji era!), Core, Matsuya, Seibu and Matsuzakaya.

A really large Shiseido store and the famous Sony showroom (at the Sotobori-dori St and Harumi-Dori intersection) are also some of the must-see sights when in Ginza.

Nearby the Ginza 4-chome intsersection, there are many large clocks at the outside of certain department stores. At every hour, you may want to wait outside to watch the big clocks chime. The figurines and clockworks are quite beautiful and the sound of bells, lovely to your ears.

The famous Tsukiji Fish Market is also in Ginza. I didn't get a chance to visit, but if you want to go there to observe the world famous fish auctions, you would need to get there in the early mornings, before 7 am. The Market opens at 5am.

What to buy: The Japanese ladies penchant for tidy, well-cut dresses (a 'la 1950's style) in sweet green, pink and lilac pastels could be found at all department stores. The clothing & accessories are extremely good quality and well-tailored, but naturally, with a healthy price-tag as well. For example, the Zara stores in Malaysia & Singapore are certainly cheaper than those in Ginza, although merchandise was similar.

Price of make-up & skin-care was about the same as in Singapore and Malaysia. You can have a free make-over while watching the people go by. I certainly enjoyed trying out the testers at Mitsokoshi to put a little more colour onto my face after my overnight flight!.

What to pay: Max out on your credit card, but only if you have someone else who will pick up the tab later!

Directions: %On the Ginza line exit at Ginza Substation. Start your walk at the famous Ginza 4-chome intersection of Chuo-dori St and Harumi-Dori St.

Website stated below is in Japanese, English and Korean%s*

Theme: Department Store
Website: http://www.chuo-kanko.or.jp

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 8, 2005
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