The Ginza and Tsukiji area is an exciting spot where you can enjoy sightseeing all day long, from morning to night. The following model course is a recommendation on how to make the most of the glitzy area!
The Tsukiji Market in the Early Morning
Early morning is the best time to explore the famous Tsukiji Market, as it is the liveliest of all. Even with a single stroll around the Tsukiji Outer Market with about 400 stores, you will discover numerous new things. There are a number of various stores like fishmongers, dry food stores, sushi bars, and vegetable and fruit stores. Enjoy fresh sushi and sashimi for breakfast! We also recommend visiting various takeout stalls, as there are many delicious snacks to be tried, such as deep-fried seafood on skewers.
To Ginza, a Town with Glitz and Glamour
Let's move on to Ginza after enjoying breakfast at the Tsukiji Outer Market. After a ten to fifteen-minute walk from the Tsukiji 4-chome Intersection, you will arrive at the Ginza 4-chome Intersection. On the one side of the corner of the intersection is an architectural heritage known as Wako's Clock Tower. This impressive building has witnessed the progress of Ginza and thus is a symbol of the area. Ginza, a town that prizes social status and tradition. As cars are barred from Ginza Street on weekends, feel free to leisurely walk right on the road.
Do Some Shopping!
Gourmet and shopping are the two major attractions of Ginza. On Ginza Street, traditional department stores, tailors, dressmakers, art galleries, and jewelry stores all line up along the road.
Window-shopping and taking a look at all the different, high-quality wares and goods on display alone is part of the genuine Ginza Strolling experience! You can also get an excellent impression of Japan's "omotenashi (hospitality) culture," which is especially present in Ginza. All the stores in Ginza welcome you and offer the utmost hospitality to satisfy your wishes.
Lunch Time at a Luxurious Sushi Bar
Sushi may be the first food that comes to your mind when thinking about luxurious Japanese cuisine in Ginza. While sushi dishes in Ginza are usually expensive in the evening, the prices are comparatively reasonable during lunch time. Ginza Kyubei, for example, is an established high-class sushi bar where the prime minister of Japan tends to dine. The same sushi course that costs 10,000 yen in the evening can be enjoyed for 8,000 yen during lunch! English-speaking staff and chefs are also present. However, they do not accept reservations from overseas, so it is best to make a reservation via the hotel you stay at.
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There are a lot of elegant, modern stores on alleys around the main Ginza Street. Experience the many facets of the area with art supply stores and exclusive bars. When you visit Ginza in the evening, do make sure to stop by at one or the other long-established bar and savor an excellent cocktail or two. For an authentic izakaya experience, we recommend heading to JR Yurakucho Station. Marked with red lanterns at their entrance, these traditional Japanese pubs offer excellent sake!