Introducing Ginza & Tsukiji
Proudly reigning alongside Fifth Avenue, Beverly Hills and the Champs-Élysées, Ginza is one of the most famous shopping districts in the world. Ginza and the neighbouring district of Tsukiji, home to the world’s largest fish market, make up a fairly compact area. Tsukiji Central Fish Market is best experienced in the wee hours for the tuna auction (visitor numbers are limited).
Starting outside Ginza Station, with Mitsukoshi department store behind you, you can explore the neat grid that draws Japan’s best dressed by early afternoon. Window-shop till you drop at Mitsukoshi and the other department stores nearby, taking in the bustling basement depachika (department store food floor). Super-stylish and uberpopular retailers Muji and Uniqlo are also worthwhile if you still have the energy, and don’t forget the interesting art galleries in the area.
Refresh yourself at one of the area’s cafes and consider a matinee kabuki performance at the Shimbashi Embujō Theatre or hop on the Ginza Line subway to Shimbashi, for the Shiodome skyscraper district and its advertising museum, as well as Hama Rikyū Onshi-teien, home to a beautiful traditional teahouse.