Ginza

Once the site of a silver coin mint, Ginza's ancient occupation set the standard for opulent exchanges.

Accessible by numerous subway lines, Ginza doesn't grant such effortless entry into its sophisticated establishments. Boasting some of the world's most upscale shopping, Ginza outfits Tokyo's designer-conscious clientele for extravagant outings to gallery openings and red carpet events. Like the chicest names in fashion, tech companies Sony, Nikon, and Apple choose to showcase their latest and greatest in Ginza as big spenders peruse the scene in pursuit of their next big purchase.

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On the Map

Ginza is within Chūō District and bordered by Kyobashi, Yaesu, Shiodome, Hibiya, Tsukiji, Marunouchi, Chiyoda District, and Minato District

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Haneda Airport: 25 minutes by car or 35 minutes by public transit
Narita Airport: 1 hour by car or 1 hour & 15 minutes by public transit
Shinjuku Station: 25 minutes by public transit
Ueno Station: 20 minutes by public transit
Tokyo Tower: 15 minutes by public transit

Ginza: Glamorous and Modern In the Heart of Tokyo

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Designer labels, decadent restaurants, and stretch limos stretch across Ginza, Tokyo's highly revered high-end attraction.

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This central Tokyo destination is more than the city's most glamorous shopping district.

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It's considered one of the world's most renowned locations for luxury.

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A marshland until the 16th century, Ginza now boasts glass towers that glitter in the sun.

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Its plazas fill with the well-dressed and the dressed-up.

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Sneak away from Ginza's gleaming department stores and you might glimpse a moment of everyday Tokyo where ramen stalls sell perfect noodles along neighborhood side streets.

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Major labels lure shoppers and dressing-room dreamers back to Ginza's main avenues.

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Count them: Armani. Chanel. Louis. Dior. Apple. Sony.

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They all greet you in Ginza.

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[Ginza is close] to Tsukiji fish market, so don't miss out on sushi breakfast! Otherwise there's loads of udon, ramen and sushi places near Shimbashi Station and upmarket restaurants in Ginza."

Thomas

Visited in 2013

Ginza: Shopping at the Pinnacle of Sophistication

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Ginza's Tokyo International Forum promises sleek architecture that houses chic shopping, dining, and exhibition spaces.

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On the weekends, Chuo-dori closes to traffic to allow window shoppers time to tarry in front of Cartier, Carolina, and Dior's displays.

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Tokyo's biggest names and grandest stores take root in Ginza.

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Hakuhinkan Toy Park is at the top of the list when it comes to Tokyo's largest toy shops.

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You have a choice of 10 different train and metro lines; making this a perfect base for exploring all over Tokyo."

Ginza: Cultural Riches

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Despite its reputation as an au courant connoisseur, Ginza honors cultural traditions.

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Kabuki-za, Tokyo's most famous theater for traditional kabuki performances, stands amid Ginza's glittering high-rises and chic fashion houses.

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Ginza's brew halls allow you to sample your choice of Sapporo.

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In Japan, it is customary never to drink alone.

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Find a friend and say, "kanpai."

Ginza: From Michelin Stars to Street Food Stalls

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Like their fashion-forward counterparts, Ginza's restaurants serve clientele with a taste for luxury.

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Hand-pulled pastas, shark fin soup, and expensive bottles of sake grace Ginza's tables.

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Tea markets and ten dollar cup-of-coffee purveyors sprinkle throughout Ginza.

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Food trucks and sidewalk tables stand in stark contrast to Ginza's highly refined culinary experiences.

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The food may come on a different platter, but its flavor still satiates.

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In Ginza, it's all in good taste.

Ginza: Life After Dusk

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After hours in Ginza still feel glamorous.

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Its fading light and immaculate illumination look good against the Wakō building's iconic Hattori Clock Tower and Ginza's soaring glass structures.

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Come dusk, sake pours and salutes of "Banzai" begin.

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"Banzai!" to the beginning of your day's end.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Masaru studied Photography at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC. He has 25 years experience photographing social and human rights issues in Asia and South America. After spending many years abroad, he has begun to focus on his own country of Japan. He established Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo in 2013, a curated membership gallery making multi-photographic activities possible. His photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek Japan, and many others.

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