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Top Choice Market in Ginza & Tsukiji

Tsukiji Market

Fruit, vegetables, flowers and meat are sold here, but it's seafood – around 2000 tonnes of it traded daily – that Tsukiji is most famous for. The Seafood Intermediate Wholesalers' Area, part of the inner market (jō…
Top Choice Theatre in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kabukiza

The flamboyant facade of this venerable theatre makes a strong impression. It is a good indication of the extravagant dramatic flourishes that are integral to the traditional performing art of kabuki. Check the webs…
Top Choice Sushi in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kyūbey

Since 1935, Kyūbey’s quality and presentation has won it a moneyed and celebrity clientele. Even so, this is a supremely open and relaxed restaurant. The friendly owner Imada-san speaks excellent English as do some …
Top Choice Market in Ginza & Tsukiji

Tsukiji Outer Market

Here, tightly packed rows of vendors hawk market and culinary-related goods, such as dried fish, seaweed, kitchen knives, rubber boots and crockery. It's also a fantastic place to eat, with great street food and a h…
Top Choice Gardens in Ginza & Tsukiji

Hama-rikyū Onshi-teien

This beautiful garden, one of Tokyo’s finest, is all that remains of a shogunate palace that once extended into the area now occupied by Tsukiji Market. The main features are a large duck pond with an island that’s …
Top Choice Food in Ginza & Tsukiji

Akomeya

Rice is at the core of Japanese cuisine and drink. This stylish store sells not only many types of the grain but also products made from it (such as sake), a vast range of quality cooking ingredients and a choice co…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Ginza & Tsukiji

Itōya

Nine floors (plus several more in the nearby annex) of stationery-shop love await at this famed, century-old Ginza establishment. There are everyday items (such as notebooks and greeting cards) and luxuries (such as…
Top Choice Ramen in Ginza & Tsukiji

Ginza Kagari

Kagari, currently one of Tokyo's most-obsessed-about ramen shops, does a luscious tori paitan (fat-rich chicken broth) topped with delicately steamed seasonal vegetables – it will make you rethink ramen. While the m…
Top Choice Tempura in Ginza & Tsukiji

Tempura Kondō

Nobody in Tokyo does tempura vegetables like chef Kondo Fumiō. The carrots are julienned to a fine floss; the corn is pert, juicy; and the sweet potato is comfort food at its finest. Courses include seafood too, pic…
Top Choice Cafe in Ginza & Tsukiji

Cafe de l'Ambre

The sign over the door here reads 'Coffee Only' but, oh, what a selection (coffee from ¥650). Sekiguchi Ichiro started the business in 1948 and – remarkably at the age of 100 – still runs it himself, sourcing and ro…