About the Street and Shopping Area of TokyoGinza, which is named after a silver coin from the 17th century, is the upscale and general shopping square of Tokyo. It is the Japanese version of the Fifth Avenue in New York- the most famous and expensive shopping area in Tokyo. Beyond being only a street, Ginza is a “Chūō”, a square of 8 whole streets.
The square has plenty of department stores, luxury dining restaurants, hundreds of art galleries and top fashion stores, of brand names such as Armani, Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada, as well as electronic and technologic brands such as Apple and Sony.
The shopping experience is joyous, and the prices make you think that you heard wrong. “Luxury and expense” is the name of the game here, though you can also find stores and prices for regular people.
If you arrive at exactly 10:00 am, when all of the big department stores of Ginza open, you will experience the hospitality and kindness of the workers, who always greet their customers by bowing down, as a polite way of saying good morning and hello.
In the evening you can find many places of entertainment in Ginza. As a matter of fact, the square is also known as a steaming successful place for nightlife. Arrive at the central crossing of the square, a crossing that goes by the name “yon-chome“, there you can find the illuminous neon lights displays, especially on the San-ai building.
TipsTry visiting Ginza on Saturdays and Sundays, in the early evenings (12:00 pm - 5:00 pm), when the main street of Ginza turns into what the Japanese call “Heaven for Pedestrians” (Hokosha Tengoku), which means that the streets turn entirely into a full of life, pedestrian only street.