STORY Ginza Shopping Guide Visit Tokyo's shopping mecca for the latest in fashion
Find luxury brands and chic eateries in Ginza and Yurakucho — areas brimming with trendy shops and restaurants
Ginza and Yurakucho, two of the busiest shopping districts in Japan, are lined with world-renowned department stores and name-brand shops catering to those with sophisticated tastes. There are also many upmarket, long-established restaurants and bars nearby. On Sundays, the main streets are closed to cars, making the area a relaxing place to shop and stroll.
Yurakucho Station area
The huge commercial complex Yurakucho ITOCiA was built in front of Yurakucho Station in 2007. It houses fashion boutiques, specialty dining venues, and movie theaters. Nearby is the Tokyo International Forum , a multi-purpose exhibition center. Drop by the Tourist Information Center at Kotsu Kaikan (Traffic Hall) situated in front of Yurakucho Station for tips on where to go and what to do in the area.
Bic Camera, Yurakucho Branch
Bic Camera, an electronics megastore, has a major store just in front of Yurakucho Station. Stop by to understand why this electronics wonderland has become a Japanese institution. It sells every household device you could imagine, from washing machines to hair curlers and a wide range of special, only-in-Japan technology. They even sell snacks and alcohol. An annex selling games and audio equipment is located on the other side of the station. Many staff are bilingual, making finding the right product much easier for those who don't understand Japanese.
Ginza's famous department stores
Ginza is home to two historic department stores — Mitsukoshi, founded in 1673, and Matsuya, founded in 1925. They remain today and are great places to visit if you're seeking a quintessential Japanese shopping experience. Both feature a range of Japanese goods and brands, making them the perfect place to find chic souvenirs. They both focus particular attention on their basement food courts where you will find an exclusive collection of international delicacies.
Apple Store, Ginza
This was the first Apple store to open in Japan, and remains the country's largest. The six-floor structure of stainless steel and glass is easy to spot among the neighboring designer stores. Come try Apple's latest innovative products or get tips from the expert staff, most of whom speak English.
Furusato Antenna Shops
In the Ginza and Yurakucho districts, there are 15 shops that sell local products from each region in Japan. They cater to a Japanese clientele as much as tourists — it's almost like taking a mini-tour of Japan. The Kotsu Kaikan in front of Yurakucho Station houses seven shops including Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza, which sells specialties from Hokkaido . On Ginza's main street, the Washita Shop is known for its rare Okinawan food and cosmetics.
Mujirushi Ryohin (MUJI)
Mujirushi Ryohin, or MUJI, as it is known to the outside world, is famous for its monochromatic simplistic designs and cheap yet high-quality home goods. Stop here to find items not available at its international branches. Its flagship Yurakucho store has 3500 meters of floor space, the largest in Eastern Japan. It includes a cafeteria-like restaurant where you can enjoy a quick drink or bite to eat.
Ginza Hakuhinkan Toy Park
This toy emporium has an impressive inventory of hundreds of thousands of toys as well as a duty-free section. The basement floor, or Fashion Doll Park, is dedicated entirely to dolls and doll accessories. The floors are arranged by type. On the first floor, you can find inexpensive and unique souvenirs, like quirky smartphone cases and flavored Kit-Kats. The second floor has stuffed toys, the third educational toys, and the fourth games, hobby goods and puzzles.
This trendy commercial complex houses a multitude of Japanese and international fashion and home brands. The fifth through ninth floors are home to the Tokyu Hands department store, a shop that sells basically everything you could ever imagine, from Japanese designed stationery and electronics to imported cleaning products and cosmetics. You can find a variety of restaurants on the 10th through 12th floors.
Those looking for something a little more wallet-friendly should stop by Ginza's outpost of GU, Uniqlo's cheaper sister store. This is one of the largest GUs in Japan. The first three floors are dedicated to women's clothes, with children's clothes on the third floor, sportswear on the fourth and menswear on the fifth.
If you're looking to splash out on some true luxury shopping, put aside an afternoon to visit Ginza 6, a state-of-the-art shopping mall opened in 2017. It is home to flagship stores of such luxury brands as Kenzo, Yves Saint Laurent and Fendi. There are also 24 restaurants and cafes, a Noh theater and a large garden on the rooftop. It is very foreign-friendly, with a tourist information center, duty-free services and a currency exchange kiosk.
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