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- Shopping, Neighborhood/Area Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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New York has Fifth Avenue, London has Oxford Street, Paris has the Champs-Élysées and Tokyo has Ginza. The neighborhood is a shopper's paradise, housing all types of storefronts from affordable, big-name retailers such as H&M and Zara to upscale design houses such as Dior, Armani and Cartier. You can also find loads of specialty stores selling traditional items, such as kimonos, incense and chopsticks, as well as more unconventional finds, such as stores dedicated to buttons, model trains and even charcoal-infused beauty products. You can also find a plethora of Hello Kitty products at the Sanrio flagship store located here, as well as all the toys your kid's (or your) heart desires at the massive Hakuhinkan Toy Park.
If you're not much of a shopper, Ginza still offers loads in the way of things to do. The neighborhood is also an arts hub, housing more than 200 galleries to its name. There are also plenty of theaters as well. If you're looking to catch a traditional kabuki performance while in Tokyo, Kabuki-za is considered one of the city's best. And if you're a foodie, you'll probably end up in Ginza anyway. That's because the neighborhood houses lots of Michelin-rated restaurants, including the three-star Ginza Kojyu, which is also considered one of the 50 best restaurants in the world.
Travelers say the best way to soak up the Ginza atmosphere is to forgo the overpriced goods in favor of a tasty meal. While the neighborhood no doubt caters to the elite, affordable dining options are available, just keep an eye out for ramen stalls and food trucks that are located throughout the area.
Ginza is 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. For more information on Ginza, visit the Tokyo Tourism Board's website.
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