Go on a Shopping Spree in Ginza, Tokyo! Five Recommended Department Stores
Ginza is a town with a sophisticated atmosphere that attracts adult shoppers. Here are five Ginza department stores that offer services in English and Chinese.
1. Ginza Mitsukoshi
Ginza Mitsukoshi is an iconic department store in Ginza with a relatively older clientele. It offers extensive services for foreign visitors, including an airport-style duty free shop on the 8th floor. At the duty free shop, all taxes (sales tax, duty, liquor tax, tobacco tax, etc.) are exempted, and you can pick up your items at the airport when departing the country*. The duty free shop has a wide selection of products, including boutiques with brands appearing in duty free stores for the first time, as well as cosmetics, perfume, and traditional crafts.
The store also has a tourist information desk for foreigners, where English is spoken, and an ATM that takes China Union Pay. There is also a service where English and Chinese-speaking attendants can offer information about the store or accompany customers to different floors.
*Purchases must be made between a month and one day before departure. For those leaving from Haneda Airport on flights departing between 0:00 am and 5:59 am, purchases must be made by two days before departure.
2. Matsuya Ginza
This is an established department store that has been in operation for approximately 150 years. This store's appeal is its innovative style with many boutiques by the latest top domestic and international brands. Its target audience is younger than that of Ginza Mitsukoshi.
It has an information counter with English, Chinese and Korean-speaking staff who offer guidance on a variety of services and information, as well as a tourist shop & lounge for foreign customers that sell primarily cosmetics by popular brands such as Shiseido and SK-II. The store also has a foreign currency exchange machine and delivery services to hotels, airports, and overseas.
Wako was established in 1881. As it was initially a clock shop, it has a clock tower which has become a Ginza icon. In addition to clocks and watches of its own brand, domestic brands such as Seiko and popular international brands, it sells a wide variety of products ranging from jewelry, fashion items, furniture and food. It is a luxury department store that the Japanese consider to be exclusive.
There is a tax free shop in the store, and English and Chinese interpretation services are available. China Union Pay cards are accepted.
4. Lumine Yurakucho
Most Lumine shopping centers target a young audience, but the main target of the Yurakucho center is men and women in their late twenties and thirties. It is popular for the shops selected under the concept of "Lumine for adults." There is a variety of boutiques including those of popular domestic and international fashion brands appropriate for couples to shop in, as well as shops selling stylish stationery. Approximately 110 of the shops offer tax free shopping. You can go to the tax free counter in the building and submit paperwork for all items together (no handling fee, sales tax fully refunded. Languages spoken: English, Chinese, etc.)
5. Marronnier Gate Ginza 1
Marronnier Street is a street full of trendy shops that passes through the Ginza 2-chome area, and Marronnier Gate Ginza 1, is at the entrance of this street. Its appeal is its welcoming atmosphere and the main target audience is women in their 20's, 30's and 40's. It has many shops that stock products from a variety of popular domestic and international brands. On the 5th to 9th floors, there is the popular Tokyu Hands (a chain that sells a wide selection of goods including everyday goods and stationery).
Many of the shops offer tax free shopping and accept China Union Pay. Some of the restaurants have staff who speak English, Chinese and Korean.
The appeal of department stores is that they are places you can purchase everything from trendy fashion items to food. Please enjoy shopping in Ginza.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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