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Chuo, Tokyo, 103-8001

The Basics

Even if you don’t have the money to splash around at such exclusive stores as Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Chanel, you can still enjoy window shopping at its finest. Highlights include the Sony Building and Hakuhinkan Toy Park. Another must-see attraction is the Wako Department Store, a neo-Renaissance-style building known for its impressive clock tower. You could easily spend hours wandering the area’s other prestigious department stores, such as Mitsukoshi and Matsuya.

Ginza is also a great dining destination, and guided tours of the area tend to focus on its food scene. Tours typically visit neighborhood pubs, popular with locals getting off work, and exquisite confectionery and pastry shops. Another specialized option is an architecture-focused tour. General sightseeing tours of Tokyo (private or group) also typically include a stroll through Ginza.

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Walking Food Tour in Yurakucho, Shimbashi and Ginza
Walking Food Tour in Yurakucho, Shimbashi and Ginza
$200.00 per adult
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Yuko and her assistant were very...
Yuko and her assistant were very helpful and thoughtful tour guides. We ate yummy food and learned a lot about Japanese culture. As an FYI- if you do not eat pork, this is probably not the best tour for you.
Hannah R, Sep 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Tokyo

Walk the Ginza without the crowd
Christine_L, Jul 2021
Virtual Treasure Hunting in Architecture Tour of Ginza- Tour time in Japan time
Next best thing to being there! Attended a virtual tour of the Ginza’s architecture and history. When I go back to Tokyo in person I now know where I want to go!
Great way to experience Tokyo
Sylvia_K, Jan 2019
Walking Food Tour in Yurakucho, Shimbashi and Ginza
We had a really nice time during this tour with our guide Bryan. The total experience was really fun. Even though not everyone loved ALL the dishes that were in the tour, it didn't matter, because every dish had its own story and each location that we visited was special. There were vegan and vegetartian and pescatarian options. I can highly recommend this tour.
Ginza architecture and hidden gems
Jacob_M, Sep 2020
Private Ginza Architecture Walking Tour
Ms. Makoto was an excellent guide. She immediately catered the tour to my interests. Ms. Makoto was also somewhat adventurous. During the tour we visited several hidden gems, one of which house a distributor of fine seaweed and tea, Ms. Makoto was more than happy to clarify translation questions for me, which ultimately led to a brief yet enjoyable tea tasting (compliments of the distributor). You will surely develop a new appreciation of Ginza during this tour - well worth your time no matter what level of architectural background you might hold.
excellent experience of local food and culture
Nikolaos S, Jun 2019
Walking Food Tour in Yurakucho, Shimbashi and Ginza
ME and my wife met Hirotake Watanabe (our guide) and couple of other people that were in the same tour at the prespecified time and place. Already from the introduction it was clear that this would be a great tour with our guide that was open, fun, extremely knowledgeable and with a mission to have us enjoying the experience. We experienced the local food culture, got a lot of information for the areas we were walking through and tasted amazing Japanese food. We were getting answers to all our questions and all our needs were addressed in best possible way. One of the top experiences we had in Tokyo/Japan.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Ginza is a must-visit for those with an interest in contemporary Japanese culture.

  • The neighborhood is also a great destination for entertainment. The Kabuki-za Theater presents traditional Kabuki theater daily.

  • The side streets of Ginza are home to many art galleries.

  • The department store food halls generously hand out samples, making it easy to fill up cost-free.

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How to Get There

Located in Tokyo’s Chuo ward, Ginza is centrally located and easily accessible by subway or taxi. It is served by Ginza station on Tokyo Metro’s Hibiya, Ginza, and Marunouchi lines, as well as Ginza Itchome station on the Yurakucho line and Higashi Ginza station on the Hibaya and Toei Asakusa lines.

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When to Get There

Ginza is at its most atmospheric in the evening, when neon lights up the dark sky and the streets are filled with after-work revelers. However, possibly the best time to visit is on Saturday or Sunday, between noon and 5pm, when the main street through Ginza is closed to vehicles, creating Hokōsha Tengoku (“pedestrian heaven”).

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Silver Mint

From the 17th to 19th century, the Ginza district was the site of a silver-coin mint (Ginza translates as "silver mint"). After the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the area evolved as an upmarket shopping district. Today, 10 square feet (1 square meter) of land in the center is worth more than 10 million yen (more than $85,000).

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