History of Ginza
Ginza is known for its wide array of brands, making it one of the busiest shopping districts in Japan.
It is home to two historic department stores—Mitsukoshi (founded 1673) and Matsuya (founded 1925). The two remain to be a great place for a quintessential Japanese shopping experience as they offer a display of Japanese goods and brands, perfect for souvenir shopping. Both also feature basement food courts serving an exclusive collection of international delicacies.
Apple Store, Ginza
The first and the largest Apple store in Japan can be found in Ginza. Get the latest Apple products or get tips from the expert staff in the six-floor stainless steel and glass structure that is easy to spot among its neighboring designer stores.
Furusato Antenna Shops
There are shops in Ginza that specialize in local products from each region of Japan, which cater for both Japanese customers and the tourists. The Washita Shop on Ginza’s main street is known for its Okinawan food and cosmetics.
Mujirushi Ryohin (MUJI)
Mujirushi Ryohin or MUJI to the rest of the world, is known for its monochromatic simplistic home goods. They are sold for a cheap price, but they remain of high-quality. The store offers products not commonly found in the brand’s international branches.
Ginza Hakuhinkan Toy Park
The Ginza Hakuhinkan Toy Park offers an impressive inventory of hundreds of thousands of toys. The floors of the toy park is arranged according to different types.
The basement or the Fashion Doll Park, as the name suggests, is dedicated to dolls and doll accessories. Going up on the first floor, the inexpensive and unique souvenirs like quirky smartphone cases and flavored Kit-Kats can be found. The second floor houses stuffed toys, while the third caters educational toys. Games, hobby goods, and puzzles can be found in the fourth and last floor.
Marronnier Gate is a commercial complex that houses a multitude of Japanese and international fashion and home brands. The Tokyu Hands department store is located in the fifth through ninth floors of the building. The department store sells a variety of items ranging from Japanese stationery and electronics to imported cleaning products and cosmetics. Restaurants can be found on the 10th through 12th floors.
One of the largest GU branches in Japan can also be found in Ginza. GU is a budget-friendly clothing shop that is a cheaper sister store of Uniqlo. Women’s clothes are found in the first three floors of the store, children’s clothes are also on the third, sportswear on the fourth, and men’s clothes on the fifth floor.
Ginza 6 is a state-of-the-art shopping mall that opened in 2017. It is a perfect destination for those looking to splurge on some luxury brands. It houses flagship stores of Kenzo, Yves Saint Laurent, and Fendi. The shopping mall also offers 24 different restaurants and cafes, a Noh theater, and a large garden on the rooftop. The place is foreign-friendly having a tourist information center, duty-free services, and a currency exchange kiosk.
Best time to visit
It is best to visit the district when the central Chuo Dori street closes the road to vehicles on weekend afternoons from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The road remains closed until 6:00 p.m. on the weekends of April to September.
Store hours vary.
How to get there
Below are several stations available to reach Ginza:
- Ginza Station in Hibiya
- Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and Yurakucho Station in JR Yamanote Line
- JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
- Yurakucho Subway Line
Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture