Early morning is the best time of the day to explore Tsukiji Market when it is fully lively. Even with a single stroll in the Tsukiji Outer Market with about 400 stores, you will discover new things. There are number of various stores like fresh fish stores, dry food stores, sushi bars and vegetable and fruit stores. You can have sushi and raw fish for breakfast. We also recommend that you visit a few different stores as there are various snacks of deep fried seafood on skewers.
Let's stroll to Ginza after you eat your breakfast at the Tsukiji Outer Market. After ten or fifteen minute walk from the Tsukiji 4-chome Intersection, you will be 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 which has witnessed the progress of Ginza which also symbolizes Ginza, a town that prizes social status and tradition. It is barred for cars to enter Ginza Street on weekends, so we can walk on the road.
Gourmet and shopping are the two major events of pleasure in Ginza. On Ginza Street, there are lines of traditional department stores, tailors, dressmakers, art galleries and jewelry stores. Visiting and admiring the high quality goods and realizing how good these genuine goods are is one of the enjoyment you can find when strolling in Ginza. You can also experience some "omotenashi (hospitality) culture" unique to Japan especially in Ginza. All the stores in Ginza welcome you and offer the utmost hospitality to satisfy your wishes.
Sushi may come to your mind first as a luxurious Japanese dish to have in Ginza. While sushi dishes in Ginza are usually expensive during night time, the prices are relatively reasonable during lunch time. Ginza Kyubei, for example, is an established high class sushi bar where the prime minister of Japan visits, and you can enjoy their course during the lunch time for 8,000 JPY, which normally costs 10,000 JPY during the night time. If you would like to order what you like, there are chefs who speaks English. However, they do not accept reservations from overseas, so it is best to make a reservation via the hotel you stay.
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There are a lot of stores on alleys off from Ginza Street with elegant or quaint appearances. You can experience the diversity of the town including art supply stores and exclusive bars. It is a good idea to have some cocktails at old bars in Ginza if you would like to have some entertainment till late at night. We also recommend that you sip Japanese sake at bars where they hand red lanterns outside the bars near JR Yurakucho Station if you would like to have some Japanese izakaya (tavern) experience.
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.