Ginza, a place where a variety of shops from domestic and overseas brand shops to long-established stores and casual shops stand side-by-side. Even the back alleys away from the main Chuo-dori (Ginza-dori) are dotted with well-established shops. If you are shopping in Ginza, you'll want to buy a sophisticated limited-sales item befitting Ginza.
Have your favorite notebook made in Ginza
Itoya is a store specializing in stationery that was established in 1904. There are two shops in Ginza: G.Itoya, offering a variety of stationery and K. Itoya, that sells fountain pens and art supplies. In the Note Couture corner on the fourth floor of G.Itoya, you can have a custom-made notebook made on the spot with the cover, paper and rings of your choice. It is popular for personal use and as a GInza souvenir.
Bread from a two-star rated restaurant sold at Wako
In the cake and chocolate shop on the first floor of Wako Annex, next to the main Wako store, you can get bread from the restaurant, ESqUISSE, where it is notoriously hard to get a reservation. Eight types of fresh-baked bread is delivered every morning: Four original ESqUISSE breads such as croissants and sandwich bread and four that are sold only at Wako. Each are popular items that sometimes sell out.
Biscuits that have been loved for over a century
Shiseido Parlor opened in 1902 as Japan's first soda fountain. A shop on the first floor of the Ginza main store sells limited-availability items that are only available there. The hand-baked tsubaki (camellia) biscuits are particularly popular. Each individual biscuit is handcrafted using carefully selected ingredients such as aromatic fermented butter, flour from Hokkaido, and fertilized eggs. These biscuits are referred to as "kurokan (black can)" because they are enclosed in a black can, and are the perfect item for a special souvenir.
Shiseido Parlour 資生堂パーラー 銀座本店ショップ
- Address Toukyouginzasiseidou Bld.1F, 8-8-3, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan
Sophisticated, high-quality jewelry
Star Jewelry, established in Motomachi, Yokohama in 1946, is known as the first shop that started to sell pierced earrings in Japan. GINZA COLLECTION, which is sold only in the Ginza area (in the jeweler's Ginza shop and in Matsuya Ginza department store) comprises sophisticated, high-quality jewelry made in Japan, using platinum and Akoya pearls. The diamond necklaces shown on the photo are, from the left, Pt950, K18YG and K18WG Akoya pearl.
Star Jewelry スタージュエリー 銀座店
- Address 6-8-3, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan
Castella sponge cake using honey from Ginza
The Ginza Honeybee Project seeks to feel the environment and ecosystem of Ginza through beekeeping and to coexist with the town of Ginza by using the harvested honey. The project keeps honeybees on a Ginza rooftop and has created a number of collaborative products using the harvested honey including food and skincare goods. The Ginza Honey Castella sponge cake is a collaborative product with Bunmeido, a confectioner with a history of more than 100 years. It is made by adding the honey made in Ginze to high quality ingredients, and is sold only at a shop in the Matsuya Ginza department store. A moist cake with a deep sweetness, It keeps for 12 days and is a popular souvenir.