Ginza Shopping

Where to Shop in Ginza - Tokyo

Since the reconstruction after the fire in 1872, Ginza has been the focus for Western influences and all things modern in Japan. Today Ginza is still one of Tokyo’s great centres.

Shopping in Ginza is an experience. People still get dressed up to go shopping here on weekends. As commercial rental fees for properties in Ginza are among the highest in the world, only very popular, high-end brands can afford to maintain a presence here. You’ll see impressive properties for Bvlgari, Prada, Apple, Sony, Gucci, Louis Vuitton to name but a few along side the Japanese bastions like Mitsukoshi and Matsuya department stores. 

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Sony Building

Gadget fans will love the Sony Building with its eight floors of high-tech wonders. Wall to wall displays of the latest cameras, video cameras, MP3 players, Playstations and accessories, robotics and plasma screens of incredulous size enthrall all who enter. You can play with most of the items on display or simply relax on cushy sofas in the amazing home theater settings.

  • Subway: Exit B9, Ginza Station, Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line
  • Address: 5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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Apple Store

This was the first Apple store to be opened outside of the US and fittingly it is amazing; seven floors of Apple’s most innovative technology and a theatre which screens regular tutorials on Apple products.

  • Subway: Ginza Station, Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line
  • Address: 3-5-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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Ginza Boutiques

Namiki-dori and Chuo-dori are dubbed Brand Street with many top label boutiques from Gucci to Dior to Cartier. Strolling along the road can be a nice way to soak up some Tokyo luxury and see the Parisian and western influences in Ginza architecture. 

Ginza Wako Department Store

With its neo-renaissance architecture and landmark clock tower, the Wako building is easy to find at the intersection of Chuo and Harumi streets. Created by the team behind Seiko watches, Wako Department store is very exclusive and prices reflect this. The store carries a large selection of Seiko watches, luxury fashion brands and accessories.

  • Subway: Exit A10, Ginza Station Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line
  • Address: 4-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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With a history dating back to the 17th century, Mitsukoshi is Japan’s oldest and grandest department store chain. Referred to as the ‘Harrods of Tokyo’, the Ginza store was built in 1930 and houses many top brands of the likes of Tiffany & Co. Be sure to check out the amazing kimono department.

  • Subway: Ginza Station Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line
  • Address: 4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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One of the older department stores in Ginza, Matsuya was built in 1925. With a golf school and a pet shop on the top floor, Matsuya is not your ordinary department store. There’s lots to browse and buy and a gallery on the seventh floor which exhibits the best in contemporary and classic wares, selected by an esteemed panel of judges from the Japan Design Committee.

  • Subway: Ginza Station, Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line
  • Address: 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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This Paris based department store presents a great range of fashion, interior décor products and restaurants across eight levels. Owned by the same parent company as Gucci, Printemps is a high-profile shopping venue which even has a tennis and golf club on the roof.

  • Subway: Ginza Station, Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line
  • Address: 3-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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This store is a must for crafters, scrap-bookers and hobbyists. In business for over 100 years, Ito-ya specializes in paper and stationery products. There is a colouful selection of Japanese cards, writing and wrapping paper, stickers and embellishments. An annex contains an interesting papierium selling many different handmade, printed and bond papers.

  • Subway: Ginza-itchome Station, Yurakucho Line
  • Address: 2-7-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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Just a short walk from Ginza toward Shimbashi is Hakuhinkan; an eight storey toy haven which is part fun park, part toy museum. Each floor has a theme from stuffed toys to computer games to character and action figures. A great place to browse or just embrace the inner child.

  • Subway: Shimbashi Station, Ginza Line and Asakusa Line
  • Address: 8-8-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku
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Mikimoto Pearls

The world’s most famous pearler Mikimoto has three stores in Ginza; its Main Ginza store, the Mikimoto International Pearl Boutique, and the Mikimoto Ginza 2; an outrageous pastel pink building with asymmetrical windows and doorways designed by innovative architect Toyo Ito. All stores have great ranges of exquisitely designed jewellery using the famous pearls.

  • Location: All Mikimoto stores are within walking distance from Ginza Station
  • Subway: Ginza Station, Marunouchi Line, Ginza Line and Hibiya Line
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