Ginza Shopping – The Ultimate Guide

Ginza, renowned for its glamour, is a shopper's paradise. Find out everything you need to know about Ginza shopping, with us.

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Tokyo’s Ginza has long been known as one of the city’s most upmarket districts. It also has the reputation of being a shoppers paradise, packed with countless department stores, international brand stores, luxury boutiques and fashionistas. Whilst the likes of Koenji, Shimokitazawa and Harajuku have the cutting-edge youth end of the spectrum covered, Ginza’s reputation hangs on its timelessness. 

Come with us as we round up the Ginza shopping highlights. We’ll take you through all the best stores and streets, and provide all the information you’re going to need to get spending. 

If one day simply isn’t enough, or you fear all that shopping will soon have you ravenous, check out the articles below. 

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1. Tokyu Plaza Ginza

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In March 2016, following the closure of the much-loved Shibuya branch, Tokyu Plaza Ginza opened its doors. The mall’s design was inspired by Edo-era kiriko cut glass, but don’t get hung up outside, it’s the 125 stores within we’re interested in. Find all your favourite international brands and a great selection of Japanese stores spread over the first seven floors. On the eighth and ninth you may be surprised to find a duty free store, and on the next two a fine selection of restaurants. 

­   11.00 – 21.00

  Ginza Station

­   813-3571-0109

­ Mon-Sun

­   5-2-1 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

2. Bic Camera Ginza

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Famously, Japan is a holy land for tech geeks, and Bic Camera is their church. All Bic Cameras are huge, floor after floor of all the electronics and gadgets you could imagine; from domestic appliances to cutting-edge gizmos. The Bic Camera Yurakucho (Ginza) is no exception, and even has a cinema on the 7th and 8th floors. 

­   10.00 – 22.00

  Yurakucho Station

­   813-5221-1111

­ Mon-Sun

­   1-11-1 Yurakucho, Tokyo

­   Official Website

3. Ginza Itoya

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Photo Credit: Antonio Rubio via Flickr cc

People love stationary, especially people in Japan. Ginza Itoya is the ultimate stationary store, where you can shop for everything stationary related under the sun, in every style, theme and colour you can imagine. If this wasn’t enough, Itoya is also a stationary showroom, where you can peer into the future of stationary with products like the staple-less-stapler, erasable ball point pens and much much more. 

­   Mon-Sat 10.00 – 20.00, Sun 10.00-19.00

  Yurakucho Station

­   813-3561-8311

­ Mon-Sun

­    2-7-15 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website (Japanese only)

4. Mitsukoshi Department Store

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Mitsukoshi Department Store is one of Ginza’s landmark stores and the oldest surviving department store in Japan. Just two minutes from Higashi-Ginza Station, the store is very accommodating to international customers, with staff fluent in both English and Chinese. In the basement, find the tax-free counter where, armed with a foreign passport, you’ll be able to by-pass the value-added tax added to all items in Japan. The store stocks clothing, houseware and lots more, all of which is at the sophisticated end of the spectrum. 

­   Stores: 10.30 – 20.00 Restaurants: 11:00-23:00

  Higashi-Ginza Station

­   813-3561-1111

­ Mon-Sun

­   4-6-16 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

5. Matsuya Department Store

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Founded in 1869, Matsuya Department Store is another one of Ginza’s shopping stalwarts. Again, the diversity on offer here is near overwhelming. Especially prominent are women’s clothing, cosmetics, perfumes and jewellery. In the basement find a high-end grocery store and on the eighth floor a range of restaurants.  

­   Stores 10.00 – 20.00 Restaurants 11:00 – 22:00

  Ginza Station

­   813-3567-1211

­ Mon-Sun

­   3-6-1 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

6. Wako Department Store

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Located in the heart of the district, Wako Ginza is another great department store. The store is particularly notable for its selection of watches, jewellery, porcelain goods and handbags. On the sixth floor is an art gallery named Wako Hall, which makes for a good break from shopping.

­   10.30 – 19.00

  Ginza Station

­   813-3562-2111

­ Mon-Sun

­   4-5-11 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

7. Hakuhinkan Toy Park

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If you’re shopping with kids or are simply young at heart, Hakuhinkan Toy Park is a must. Spread over eight floors, it’s a real wonderland. Find here classic toys like dolls and train sets, modern toys and characters, plus novelty items like limited edition Kit Kats and quirky phone accessories. As is the case with a lot of Ginza’s larger stores, you’ll also find here restaurants on the upper floors, and more uniquely, a theater. 

­   11.00 – 20.00

  Ginza Station

­   813-3571-8008

­ Mon-Sun

­   8-8-11 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

8. Apple Store Ginza

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The Ginza Apple Store was the first to swing open its glass doors in Japan and to this day remains the busiest. Right near Ginza Station, it is always buzzing with people eager to try out the latest Apple products and is totally open plan. Don’t worry if your Japanese isn’t up to scratch, staff at the store speak a variety of languages. 

­   10.00 – 22.00

  Ginza Station

­   813-5159-8200

­ Mon-Sun

­   3-5-12 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

 9. Ginza Core

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Ginza Core, right near Ginza Station, is heaven for fashionistas. With more than 70 shops and a few restaurants, this is one of the more cutting edge department stores in the district. As well as fashion, find a whole load of beauty products and cosmetics. 

­   11.00 – 20.00

  Ginza Station

­   813-3573-4761

­ Mon-Sun

­   5-8-20 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

10. Abercrombie & Fitch

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The brand’s flagship store in Asia, Abercrombie & Fitch Ginza is well worth a visit for fans. Like others, it is large and moodily lit. Head here for men and women’s casual wear and accessories.  

­   11.00 – 20.00

  Ginza Station

­   813-6252-1892

­ Mon-Sun

­   6-9-10 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

11. Hokosha Tengoku

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On a weekend, Ginza closes down its main boulevard to traffic, creating a “pedestrian heaven” (hokosha tengoku). The extra space is very welcome, making your weekend Ginza shopping experience a whole lot more pleasant. 

The boulevard is home to stores like: 

Cartier

One of France’s top designer brands. This store is one of two Cartier stores in Tokyo, and probably the best. 

Chanel

With a building designed by New York architect Peter Marino, head here for the architecture and the high-end clothing. 

Louis Vuitton

Luxury shoes, belts, handbags, watches and  jewellery. 

Bulgari

A Ginza landmark built to resemble a jewellery box, another top luxury brand. 

12. Dover Street Market Ginza

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Dover Street Market Ginza is a concept store curated by Comme des Garcons. With over 150 brands under one roof, it is one of the best locations to pick up the latest fashions. The concept behind it is to break down the barrier between male and female fashion, high-end and street brands and expensive and affordable prices. 

­   11.00 – 20.00

  Ginza Station

­   813-6228-5080

­ Mon-Sun

­   6-9-5 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

13. Kiraito Ginza

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Kiraito, in Japanese, translates to “shining brilliantly” and true to its name, Kiraito Ginza is one of the most glitzy stores going. With a massive 12 floors, you’ll not go wanting here. 

­   11.00 – 20.00

  Ginza Station

­   813-5524-8088

­ Mon-Sun

­   1-8-19 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

14. Printemps Ginza

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A French department store where you can pick up the latest European fashions, homeware, food and drink. Rather inexplicably, there’s even a tennis and golf club on the ninth floor. Currently undergoing renovation, the store will reopen in 2017 under a new, yet to be announced, name. 

­   11.00 – 20.00

  Ginza Station

­   813-3567-0077

­ Mon-Sun

­   3-2-1 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

15. Sanrio World Ginza

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The Sanrio company, the masterminds behind Japan’s obsession with kawaii culture, has its very own world in Ginza. Located above the station, you don’t have to go far to get your hands on all the Hello Kitty and My Melody goods under the sun. Perfect for kids, but there’s plenty here for adults, too. 

­   11.00 – 21.00

  Ginza Station

­   813-3566-4040

­ Mon-Sun

­   4-1 saki, Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

16. Tokyu Hands Ginza Store

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Tokyu Hands is a Japanese institution, a one-stop-shop for anything and everything. The Ginza branch is huge, where you can happily browse all day long. 

­   11.00 – 21.00

  Ginza Station

­   813-3538-0109

­ Mon-Sun

­   2-2-15 Ginza, Tokyo

­   Official Website

17. Window Shopping and Christmas Illuminations

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Ginza is pretty spectacular at any time of the year, with spectacular corporate architecture and fabulously curated window displays. Come Christmas, this is even more the case, as the whole area is lit up in spectacular lights and decorations adorn every lamppost. 

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Venus Pathania

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Tokyo based writer, from India, loves traveling new places.



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