Ginza Shopping Guide
If you are visiting Tokyo for business or vacation, you should definitely add Ginza shopping to your ‘to-do’ list. Ginza is a prestigious neighborhood in Tokyo and one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world. Here, you will find a wide variety of department stores, dining and entertainment opportunities, luxury watch shops, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, night clubs, and galleries.
The upscale district of Ginza attracts a great number of tourists from all over the world every day. If you are planning to buy watches in Ginza, rest assured that you will purchase a great quality, as it is strictly prohibited in Japan to sell copied items and fake brands.
Photo: Seiko Watch Store
Chuo Dori Shopping
The main street of Ginza district, Chuo Dori, is approximately 1 km long. Over the weekend, the street becomes a pedestrian-only area, closed for traffic. The road closure takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to 5. P.M. (12:00 to 17:00). So, if you visit Chuo Dori on a weekend afternoon you can stroll down the street lined up with exclusive boutiques, immense department stores, souvenir stores, jewelries, and luxury watch shops. Nevertheless, most shops are open every day of the week, so you don’t have to wait for the weekend to stroll down Chuo Dori. This street in Ginza district is the best place to shop famous Japanese and international brands.
Rolex, Seiko, Citizen, Gucci, and other worldwide popular brands have their flagship boutique stores in Ginza, so this is the best possible destination if you plan to buy watches.
Along with branded watch boutique stores, in Ginza, you will find luxury stores such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Cartier, Bvlgari. Nevertheless, the district is also home to more affordable brands like Zara, H&M, GU, GAP, Banana Republic, and other, so Ginza offers a variety of shopping opportunities in an assorted price range for everyone to enjoy equally.
If you are a gadget-enthusiast, roam around Ginza for electronic gadget shops such as Apple Store, Bic Camera, and Sony Show Room.
Photo: BVLGARI and Louis Vuitton Stores
The Best Shopping Places in Ginza
Here are the best Ginza buyers guide to ensure an unforgettable shopping experience in Tokyo.
1. Ginza Six
This is Ginza’s largest shopping complex. Opened in 2017, Ginza Six welcomes shoppers every day from 10:30 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. However, restaurants in this shopping center are open from 11:00 A.M. to 11:30 P.M. Here, you’ll find floors and floors of exclusive fashion stores, cosmetics, and luxury watch shops. Furthermore, at Ginza Six you will find a selection of interior design stores, a relaxing rooftop garden and a theater in the basement of the complex.
2. Ginza Wako
Ginza Wako shops are open every day from 10:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. This is a great place to shop for watches, jewelry, and other luxury items. Built in 1932, the clock tower of this building is also known as the symbol of Ginza.
Here you will find the most assorted range of Uniqlo products anywhere in the world. If you are a fan of Japan’s most popular clothing brand, then visiting Uniqlo is a must when in Tokyo. The shops are open daily from 11:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
4. Tokyu Plaza Ginza
This shopping complex is opened in 2016. It features 14 floors lined with worldwide known brand name stores and excellent dining opportunities. In addition, there are two floors of tax-free shopping for foreign tourists. To wrap up your great shopping experience in Ginza, visit the open rooftop and enjoy the stunning views of the city. Tokyu Plaza Ginza is opened daily from 11:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. (restaurants are open until 11:00 P.M.)
Photo: Uniqlo Store
How to Access the Ginza District in Tokyo?
If you’re not driving, the most convenient way to access Ginza is from the Ginza Station on the Hibiya, as well as Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines and Yurakucho Station.
Photo: Ginza Station
Finally, after a day spent in exciting shopping for watches, jewelry, and designer clothes, you’ll want to relax and dine in a pleasant atmosphere. For the best dining experience in Ginza, visit Yurakucho Gado-shita Dining, one of Tokyo’s best dining districts. Here, you’ll find dozens of restaurants ranging from those offering traditional Japanese food to exclusive French wine bars.