15 Best Things to Do in Ginza
From Tsukiji Market to Ginza Shopping Street, Best Things to Do in Ginza Tokyo
The most luxury and sophisticated district of Tokyo, Ginza is where high-standard department stores, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants gather. The perfect town for shopping and dining is mixed with traditional Japanese culture as represented by Kabukiza Theater.
It’s also very close to the former world’s biggest fish market “Tsukiji Fish Market” where you can still enjoy the fresh seafood including Sushi and Sashimi. Here are best things to do in Ginza area, Tokyo!
1. Ginza High-Street
Ginza high-street is called “Chuo Dori (central avenue)” which is approx 1 km long lined up with massive department stores and high brand boutiques. It’s Tokyo’s most posh and sophisticated shopping district.
UNIQLO is a popular Japanese fashion retailer, and UNIQLO’s biggest flagship shop as UNIQLO Ginza is located in Ginza high street.
Kabuki is one of the most recognisable Japanese traditions. Kabukiza is a complex building to represent Kabuki to the world. It consists of Kabuki theatre, gallery, shops and restaurants.
4. Ginza Six
There are lots of shopping complexes in Ginza including long-established department stores and luxurious international brand stores. Ginza Six has been a new iconic shopping spot in Ginza taking the place of the Matsuzakaya department store, which closed after 88 years, since it was founded in the center of the town in 2017. There are various cutting-edge shops and restaurant in the sophisticated unique building in addition to Ginza Six Garden on the rooftop, Noh Theater and Tourist Service Center. Ginza Six is an ideal place to go to get the latest luxury trends in Tokyo.
5. Art Aquarium Ginza
Art Aquarium, which has been popular as a new type of aquarium around the world since it first opened in 2007, relocated from Nihonbashi to Ginza in 2022. The newly-opened museum of goldfish Art Aquarium Ginza features a large number of goldfish displayed with colorful illuminations with the theme of “Evolving Art”. The modern exhibition also represents traditional Japanese culture. It is located on the eighth floor of Ginza Mitsukoshi.
Japanese stationery goods are highly regarded for its quality and design. The biggest stationary store, Ginza Itoya is located right off the high street of Ginza.
The real oasis in a concrete jungle. Hamarikyu Garden (浜離宮) was originally built as a feudal lord’s Tokyo residence and duck hunting grounds during the Edo Period and now visitors can enjoy it as a park with a great landscape.
8. Tsukiji Fish Market (inner market) ← CLOSED
The world largest wholesale market, Tsukiji fish market is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo. The inner market is where the famous tuna auction is held in early morning and the vibrant wholesale area can be seen.
Tsukiji Fish Market has been relocated to Toyosu on October 2018, and the inner market does not exist any longer. However shops and restaurants at the outer market of Tsukiji remain their business with the same conditions as before.
Although the inner market of Tsukiji has been relocated, the outer market remains its existence as before. Hundreds of shops, restaurants and street food vendors can still be enjoyed at the outer market of Tsukiji today.
10. Food Walking Tour
The best way to experience the fascinating food culture in Tsukiji area is to join a food tour led by a local expert guide! This Tokyo Fish Market Tour is one of the most popular food tours in Tokyo today, held in Tsukiji area daily. With a local guide, you can explore hidden parts of Tsukiji area, and try out authentic street food and delicious seafood!
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Only few steps away from Tsukiji Market, Tsukiji Honganji Temple is a Jodo Shinshu Buddhism temple with beautiful ancient Indian motif.
Ginza and Tsukiji area is possibly the best area to eat Sushi in Tokyo. There are several world’s greatest Sushi restaurants within the districts such as Sukiyabashi Jiro and Kyubey. See the links below introducing the best Sushi restaurants in Ginza and Tsukiji area.
In addition to luxury Japanese food like sushi, Ginza has a wide range of options for Ramen lovers. Highly-rated Ramen restaurants are located in the center of the shopping town including Shoyu Ramen and Shio Ramen.
14. Antenna Shops
Antenna shops are where local specialties (food&craft goods) from many regions are sold. You can taste region specialties in a heart of Tokyo without travelling!
Next to Ginza high-street, Yurakucho offers plenty of options for shopping and dining with much more local atmosphere. Also it’s hugely popular as an Izakaya district and many small pubs and restaurants are situated under the train track.
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