- Type: Shopping, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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While New York has Fifth Avenue, Tokyo boasts the über luxurious Ginza. Elite residents will tell you that you should head to this neighborhood to do your heavy-duty shopping. While mega department stores like Matsuya and Hankyu dominate the landscape, designer retailers like Chanel and Cartier also maintain a presence. We caution you against splurging on a shopping spree in Ginza because you'll find most of these fashions in the United States at cheaper prices. That said, visitors enjoy simply exploring this bustling neighborhood. One recent TripAdvisor user exclaims, "Long boulevards of designer shops […] with Louis Vuitton and Cartier thrown in for good measure. The streets are somewhat reminiscent of Manhattan." Plus, you'll discover some of the best restaurants in Tokyo here.
Ginza is very centrally located and easy to reach. Multiple subway stations service this neighborhood, but the Ginza Station will place you in the heart of the action. And when you've exhausted your credit card, head to the nearby Imperial Palace East Gardens for some peace and quiet. With all of its shops and eateries, Ginza rarely calms down, but, in general, the stores open around 10 a.m. and close near 8 p.m. each day.