Visit the opulent downtown district of Ginza for the best offerings in fine dining and luxury brand shopping. Head to Nihonbashi to explore some history, and revel in the wondrous selection of seafood in Tsukiji. Together, Ginza, Nihonbashi, and their surrounding areas are a layer cake of cultural riches.
Ginza Station is accessible via the Hibiya, Marunouchi and Ginza Subway Lines. The major shopping district is just beyond the station.
Mitsukoshimae Station on the Hanzomon and Ginza Subway Lines will bring you right into the shopping area of Nihonbashi. The magnificent and recently restored Tokyo Station is also in close proximity to many landmarks.
For the ambitious, consider spending your day walking from one sector to another for a delightful urban hike.
On the upscale Chuo Dori street, you'll find every top fashion and cosmetic brand imaginable. It's loaded with department stores, restaurants, and cafes. If you can't find your style, you might not be looking hard enough. In fact, this sophisticated one-kilometer strip boasts some of the highest real estate prices in the world. Nearby, Yurakacho boasts even more posh shops and izakaya restaurants.
Chuo Dori is closed to motor traffic on weekend afternoons. Feel like royalty strolling down the middle of this alluring street.
Enjoy the juxtaposition of the traditional Kabuki-za kabuki theater against a backdrop of modern architecture.
Japan's very first department store, Mitsukoshi, started way back in 1673. Check out their grandiose flagship location in Nihonbashi. Other stunning sites include the time-honored Bank of Japan building and the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Over the last century, Nihonbashi emerged as the county's primary financial district. Surprisingly, the area was also the original location of the ever popular Tsukiji market.
Nihonbashi means "Japan Bridge", and this is the actual bridge from which it gets its namesake. You can still see scarring on it from the firebombing of 1945.
Take an English tour of the Bank of Japan, built in 1896.
You'd be remiss to skip this wonder. A quick walk from Ginza, The Tsukiji fish market is one of the most well-known sites in Tokyo. This is the biggest fish market you'll ever see. Browsing the wholesale market is fun enough, but this is also your best chance around town to grab some supremely fresh sushi. Another popular attraction is the early morning tuna auction.
This area skirts the divide between east and west, modern and classic. It's the culmination of culture that makes this such a beloved part of town. You can choose the district that best suits your tastes, but it's worth visiting each for the sights alone.