Member Rating 4 out of 5 by billmoy on August 28, 2002

This neighborhood has had a reputation as a Tokyo trendsetter over the years. It incorporates a westernized grid of streets and city blocks, and has seen Japan's first sidewalks, gas lines, and telephone poles. On a more pertinent note, Ginza is a shopping mecca of large Japanese department stores and company showcases (like Sony and Toshiba) displaying their selection of merchandise and yuppie toys. These buildings are balanced with lots of sophisticated boutique shops, small art and photography galleries, and a bewildering array of colorful neon and backlit signs. It is a wonder how anyone can find the location of an obscure store if they have never been there.

It is amusing to wander through the great food emporiums at the major department stores, like Matsuya, Mitsukoshi, Matsuzakaya, Wako. You can browse through the wide variety of products on sale, and perhaps sample a few delicacies. If you want to do a bit of adventurous noshing, walk through any of these food halls to try some snacks or perhaps a sip of tea or beer.

The distinctive cylindrical San-ai Dream Center building, which stands at a busy intersection in Ginza, is one of the first generation of exciting and different modern buildings from the 1960's to make an architectural impact on Tokyo.

Ginza Shopping District
Ginza-4-chome Chuo-ku
Tokyo, Japan, 104-0061
+82 (0)3 3201 3331

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