Ginza / Hibiya
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❶ Namiki-dori St.Running parallel to Ginza-dori St. near JR Yurakucho Station is Namiki-dori St., famous for its array of luxury brand stores. Along the quiet street are world-renowned brands like Hermès, Louis Vuitton, and Cartier. Enjoy a taste of Ginza in all its opulence.
Ginza (Subway), Yurakucho (JR, Subway)
❷ Hibiya ParkHibiya Park was created in 1903 as Japan’s first Western-style park. Inside the park, you’ll find the symbolic big fountain, the Hibiya Public Hall, the Open-Air Concert Hall, and myriad flowers that bloom over the course of the year. There is also a restaurant and cafe, making it a relaxing oasis in the city.
Hibiya (Subway), Kasumigaseki (Subway)https://visit-chiyoda.tokyo/app/en/spot/detail/444
❸ Ginza-dori St. (Chuo-dori St.)This is Ginza’s main street lined with long-established department stores like Mitsukoshi and Matsuya, luxury brands from all over the world, and casual brands like UNIQLO and ZARA. Step into a side alley to discover retro cafes and restaurants serving Western-style dishes.
❹ Ginza Yonchome IntersectionThis is the intersection of Harumi-dori St. and Ginza-dori St. (Chuo-dori St.), the main street of Tokyo’s thriving Ginza district. Along this intersection are landmarks such as SEIKO HOUSE GINZA with its clock tower (Wako Main Building), Ginza Mitsukoshi, and GINZA PLACE. The streets teem with visitors on weekends and holidays when they become a pedestrian zone.
❺ Kabukiza Theatre/KABUKIZA TowerBeloved as the center of kabuki plays since its creation in 1889, the Kabukiza Theatre is the world’s only theater dedicated to kabuki. In 2013, “GINZA KABUKIZA” opened inside the 29-story KABUKIZA Tower. For those not yet familiar with kabuki, the Kabukiza Gallery and rooftop garden are great places to start.
❻ Toranomon HillsToranomon Hills is Tokyo’s new landmark and international business hub. A series of large-scale projects, including the 52-story high-rise “Mori Tower,” are scheduled to be built. “Toranomon Hills Station Tower” is also set to open in 2023. On the ground level is Shintora-dori St., where you can dine on the spacious terrace of one of the many stylish cafes and restaurants.
Toranomon Hills (Subway), Toranomon (Subway)https://www.toranomonhills.com/en/
❼ ShinbashiThis thriving area lined with izakaya eateries is known as the “City of Office Workers.” Enjoy the vibrant and retro atmosphere of the restaurants inside the “New Shinbashi Building” and the “Shinbashi Ekimae Building.” Shinbashi is also the birthplace of Japan’s railways. There is a steam locomotive on display in front of the station. You will also enjoy the “Old Shimbashi Station: Railway History Exhibition Hall” for free.
Shiｍbashi (JR, Subway, Yurikamome)http://guide.shinbashi.net/
❽ Tsukiji Hongwanji TempleThis Buddhist temple belongs to the Hongwanji school of the Jodo Shinshu sect, the head temple being Kyoto Nishi Hongwanji Temple. Its most prominent feature is the exterior modeled after ancient Buddhist architecture from India and other Asian countries. In addition to the fascinating animal statues placed throughout the premises, the main hall accommodates a massive pipe organ. It is a new kind of temple that also contains a cafe and souvenir shop.
❾ Tsukiji Outer MarketRoughly 460 stores are gathered in this “Food Town.” While the central wholesale market moved to Toyosu in October 2018, numerous food retailers and restaurants still thrive in Tsukiji. You’ll encounter food of all kinds including seafood, fruits, and vegetables. The market is a popular dining spot accessible on foot from Ginza.
Tsukijishijo (Subway), Tsukiji (Subway)https://www.tsukiji.or.jp/english/
❿ Italian TownItalian Town is an Italy-themed spot located at “Shiodome SIO-SITE,” a commercial complex where shopping and entertainment converge. You’ll find restaurants and cafes in a posh townscape you won’t believe is located in Japan.
Shiodome (Subway, Yurikamome)https://visit-minato-city.tokyo/ja-jp/places/565
⓫ Hama-rikyu GardensThis esteemed landscape garden was cherished by generations of shogun of the Tokugawa clan. It has the only remaining saltwater pond in the gardens existing since the Edo period in Tokyo. There are many features such as the “floating teahouse” and a 300-year-old pine tree. In the spring, you can see the approximately 300,000 canola flowers.
Tsukijishijo (Subway), Shiodome (Subway, Yurikamome)https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/
⓬ Italy ParkItaly Park is an authentic Italian-style garden donated by Italy.
Shiodome (Subway, Yurikamome)https://minato-park.jp/shiba/parks/italy/
⓭ WATERS takeshibaThis commercial complex comprises the luxury hotel “Mesm Tokyo, Autograph Collection,” three theaters dedicated to the Shiki Theatre Company, and “Atre Takeshiba,” where visitors can enjoy casual to fine dining restaurants. Have fun at this waterfront spot with its grassy plaza overlooking Hama-rikyu Gardens, water bus landing, and mudflats.
Hamamatsucho (JR, Tokyo Monorail), Daimon (Subway), Takeshiba (Yurikamome)https://waters-takeshiba.jp/en/