Ginza is a world-famous shopping district full of luxury shops and massive department stores. You will also find world-renowned restaurants, fancy coffeehouses, and cafes.
You can walk a large part of Chuo-dori(中央通り), Ginza’s main street without car traffic during Hokosha Tengoku(歩行者天国) which literally means “pedestrian heaven” in the following time periods:
Sundays, Saturdays, Holidays
March to September: Noon~6 p.m.
October to March: Noon~5 p.m.
There are plenty of things to see and enjoy in Ginza. Below are some famous stores you can find here.
・Ginza Mitsukoshi – This department store was opened in 1930 and was the place where McDonald’s opened their first store in Japan.
・Matsuya Ginza – This department store chain has two stores; one in Asakusa and one in Ginza. Their Ginza store is particularly stylish as it is covered almost entirely in glass. As with most department stores in Japan, there is a restaurant floor on the top and a “depachika(デパ地下; literally: underground of department store)” underground selling all kinds of food. The popularity and sales of their Ginza store rivals that of Mitsukoshi Ginza.
・Printemps Ginza(Printemps pronounced as “plantan” in Japanese) – This department store is popular among women. It was originally a joint-venture between the Printemps department store in France and a Japanese grocery store chain. Now, it is owned mainly by Yomiuri and Mitsukoshi.
・Sony Building – A showplace for the latest Sony products.
・UNIQLO – This Japanese apparel company has hundreds of stores inside and outside Japan, but the UNIQLO store in Ginza is their global flagship store with 12 levels of the most up-to-date clothing the company has to offer. The staff here can service people in up to six languages, Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and French.
・Itoya – With a history dating back to 1904, this chain store specializes in stationery goods and art supplies. The Itoya located in Ginza is its main store.
・H&M – This Swedish apparel store is popular among local girls.
・ZARA – Spanish apparel store.
・Forever 21 – American apparel store.