Ginza is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and cafes. We will introduce the best information for Ginza shopping.
The Best Department stores to go with Ginza shopping
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.
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.
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.
GINZA SIX is the largest commercial facility in the Ginza district. This commercial complex houses several luxurious shops, a beautiful 4,000 square-meter rooftop garden and a Noh Theater. There is also a facility that serves as a "tourist service center", where travelers can go to for assistance. Ginza Six serves as a convenient hub for travelers as it has the facilities for tourist ranging from a general information center where various tickets could be purchased, a foreign currency exchange center, duty exemption services, temporary baggage storage, home delivery services and stores selling a wide range of souvenirs to choose from.
Tokyu Plaza Ginza
A new landmark staple in one of Tokyo’s most prestigious district that inherited the charm of Ginza where tradition and innovation coexist. Tokyu Plaza Ginza has 13 floors of fine quality various fashion, miscellaneous goods and restaurants, and also has the largest city airport type duty-free shop in Tokyo. Two public spaces are set up on the 6th floor and a the rooftop in the facility which provide a new place of rest for Ginza’s area.
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.
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.)
Experience tours that can be enjoyed between Ginza shopping
Swoon Your Way Into The Kabuki World
- Watch authentic kabuki within the historic halls of a 130-year-old Kabuki-za Theatre
- Get all the answers to the history and culture of Kabuki during a talk with Mr. Munakata, established writer and Kabuki expert
- One-of-a-kind souvenirs and must-have gifts await in the neighboring, Kabuki-themed stores
After Shopping, Experience the Real Japan at Ginza’s Kabukiza Theatre
- First, pick up a tourist pamphlet at Ginza Mitsukoshi
- The Japanese traditional art of kabuki
- After the show, head next door to “Ginza Kabukiza” for some souvenir shopping!
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