Ginza Tokyo: Geisha escorting high profile businessmen, Karaoke Bars, High-end designer brand Shopping, Kabuki Theater, Tuskji fish Market, lively Sake Bars (Izakaya) and the Imperial palace Tokyo.
This area is an elegant shopping quarter during the day and a fantastic Nightlife district. An unusual mix of traditional and trendy.
Things To Do In Ginza Tokyo
Tokyo fish Market – Piles of oysters, shellfish, deep-sea crabs, eels, and other small sea creatures in the largest open-air fish market in the world. The area around the market has charming traditional shops selling Japanese food.
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Imperial palace Tokyo – a magnificent Japanese Palace that is home to one of the most discreet and unknown Royal families in the world. Take a leisurely stroll through the Japanese gardens surrounding the palace, especially beautiful during Spring (Cherry Blossom season) or Autumn.
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Kabuki Theater – For a taste of traditional Japanese Art don’t miss a kabuki theater show.Kabuki dates back to the Edo period, that’s why Kabuki plays are played by Male actors only (women were not allowed to act in Kabuki at that time). The best place to see a Kabuki Theatre Show is in the Kabukiza Theater.The trick is to buy tickets to just one act of the play (30 minutes) instead of sitting through the whole performance which lasts three hours. You can rent English headphones.
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Sony Showroom – four floors of the newest products by Sony: high definition televisions, cameras, mobile computers, mobile phones and Play Station are all displayed in the showrooms for all gadget lovers to try.
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Ginza Lights. At night the main street of the area, Chao Dori, looks like a jewel box. The glitter and spark of neon signboards showcasing luxury brand buildings is simply breath-taking.
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Karaoke Bars – Thanks to the movie ‘lost in translation’ by Sofia Coppola everyone knows Karaoke now.There are a few options – a Karaoke bar, that’s where you sing in front of the whole crowd. The other option is Karaoke box which is a private room you rent with your friends and sing eat and drink to your heart’s content.There are English and Japanese songs, microphones and a karaoke system.Karaoke – Japanese style – is the ultimate Tokyo nightlife experience. An unforgettable fun evening. It’s mad, it’s hilarious and it’s a fantastic insight into Tokyo at night.
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Luxury Shopping – Most fashion brands you can think of-Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Prada Gucci and Coach-have stores in the area. Well-off Japanese women and Geishas with their supporting businessmen shop here.
Best department stores in Tokyo: Wako, which is the central landmark for the district, thanks to its clock tower.
Mitsukoshi Department Store, Matsuzakaya Department Store, Seibu, Hankyu and Opaque are other excellent Department Stores for fashion and accessories.
Mikimoto – The world’s most famous pearl seller, since 1899.
Traditional Japanese Foods. Nearly all department stores have excellent basement food courts.
On Sundays the main street is closed for cars, so shopping is more relaxed.
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Shin-Hinomoto (2-4-4 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku. Nearest stn: Yurakucho or Hibiya, exit A2). Run by a British ex-pat, this classic izakaya (A Japanese-style Restaurant combined with a Bar) tucked under the Yamanote line tracks serves seafood with plenty of sake and shochu to wash it down.
Tsuki no Shizuku ((Ginza 3-1, Ginza Inz B1F). Hidden in the basement of one of the shopping malls, this softly lit Izakaya serves grilled dishes on cozy tatami mats in secluded bamboo nooks.
Hachi no Go (B1 8-5-21 Ginza). For exquisite tempura – seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep-fried, and a sophisticated dining ambiance.
Genkatsu (3F Ginza Act Bldg, 4-6-18 Ginza, Nearest stn: Ginza, exit A8). Genkatsu specializes in Tonkatsu – the breaded, deep-fried pork dish. Here they serve it in razor-thin slices of meat.
Sushi Yoshitake (3/F Suzuryu Bldg, 8-7-19 Ginza). Michelin 2012 recommended.
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Monterey Hotel Tokyo-from $200
A room with breakfast in the heart of this district for $200 is Great value for the Money. Located on a quiet street 10 min by foot from Tokyo station or 5 min from Ginza Station. The rooms are a little small but have character.
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Mercure Hotel-from $200
It’s amazing to be in the heart of Ginza without having to pay an arm and a leg, and within walking distance of high-end shopping, Tsukiji Fish Market, and right next to the subway station. Comfortable beds, in-room safe, TV with Japanese channels and 3 international channels and a Good air-conditioning system.
Internet (by cable, not wifi) is available at NO cost in the room. Wi-fi is available (also for no charge) at the reception area.
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Park Hotel Tokyo-from $300
A comfortable boutique-like hotel with large windows in the rooms. The hotel lobby is on the 25th floor, overlooking the illuminated Tokyo Tower and Tokyo city skyline. Booking the Premium Corner Room is highly recommended for the amazing views and extra space.
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Mitsui Garden Hotel-from $280
Modern, minimalist décor welcomes you at the lobby, yet the rooms are warm and earthy. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with beautiful views, especially at night. The lobby is on the 16th floor which is spectacular.
Located close to the upscale shops, and a short walk away from Kabuki theater, restaurants, Imperial palace, and Tokyo Fishmarket. Great value for money.
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Dai Ichi Hotel Tokyo-from $250
The rooms are large, well-equipped, and well maintained. The location is hard to beat. The subway station is one block away, so any place in Tokyo is easily accessible. Tsukiji fish market is a few minutes’ walk away. The view from the 21st-floor lounge is wonderful. The ambiance is traditional European.
Try to book east-facing rooms for the view of the Shinkansen trains.
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Conrad Hotel Tokyo-from $400
This High-End Hotel has 2 fantastic restaurants in-house: Gordon Ramsey’s Restaurant and the Michelin Guide recommended ‘China Blue’. Located 5 minutes walk from the shopping and entertainment district, and next to a subway station that connects you within minutes to Shibuya, Shinjuku, or Roppongi.
Stunning day and night views across Tokyo Bay, right to Odaiba or Hama Rikyu Gardens. Wireless Internet access in the room comes with an extra charge.
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Peninsula Hotel Tokyo-from $500
The Glamorous and Romantic Peninsula Hotel is right Opposite the Imperial Palace Tokyo and just a three-minute walk to the up-scale shopping and nightlife areas of this area. Service is heavenly and the Spa is outstanding.
Spacious rooms (complete with dressing room closet), filled with gadgets (including an espresso machine) and a large bathroom.
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