Station is located in the
heart of the commercial district
of Ginza in Chuo Ward of Tokyo.
It lies on the Tokyo Metro Ginza,
Hibiya, and Marunouchi Lines. Ginza
Station is the fourth busiest Tokyo
Metro station after Ikebukuro, Kitasenju,
Ginza Line and Marunouchi Line platforms
run in a north-south direction,
while the Hibiya Line platforms
run east-west between the Ginza
and Marunouchi platforms.
is a district of Chuo Ward of Tokyo.
It is the city's most famous up-market
and prestigious shopping, dining
and entertainment district.
literally meaning "Silver Mint",
is named after the silver coin mint
established here in 1612 during
the Edo period. The area continued
to be a mint till 1872, when a devastating
fire destroyed the whole place.
The district was then re-built with
two and three-storey Georgian brick
buildings and a shopping promenade
designed by British architect Thomas
Waters. These, too, were later destroyed
during the 1923 earthquake and World
War II bombardments. Only a few
of the Georgian buildings remain
today, the most famous being the
Wako building with its clock tower.
After World War II, the area slowly
re-built itself and developed into
today's modern Ginza - the most
magnificent, fashionable, and reputedly
the most expensive shopping district
of Tokyo today.
heart of Ginza is the intersection
of Chuo-dori and
Harumi-dori , known
as Yonchome . (Ginza
Station is located at this intersection).
The landmarks of Yonchome are the
at one corner of the intersection,
the Waco Building
with the clock tower on another,
and the Nissan Gallery and
the Mitsukoshi Department
Store on the other two.
Building : Yonchome is
dominated by the Sanai Building,
long a symbol of Ginza, and said
to occupy the most expensive real
estate corner in Asia. This towering,
circular, cylinder-like glass building
is the most glittering building
in the area because of the lights
reflecting from its glass facade,
augmented by the huge neon sign
above. Sanai is a fashion store.
Building : Waco stands
at the northwest corner of Yonchome,
the main Ginza intersection. The
building, built in 1932, is one
of the few remaining pre-World War
II Georgian buildings of the district.
What makes Waco unique is its exterior
facade of curved granite and the
clock tower, which plays the famous
Westminster Chimes. During the American
occupation from 1945 to 1952, the
building was a PX store. Today it
(the Wako Department Store)
is one of the most exclusive department
stores of Tokyo, famous for its
watches, jewelry, porcelain, chinaware,
handbags, and foreign luxury goods.
On the sixth floor there is an art
gallery called Wako Hall.
Gallery : Nissan Gallery
occupies the third corner of Yonchome.
Nissan is the second largest car
manufacturer of Japan after Toyota.
This Ginza Gallery is home to the
Nissan head office and a showcase
of some of this manufacturer's finest
automotive products. There are a
number of interactive displays where
you can learn more about the different
cars and how they take care of the
environment. Art and design exhibitions
are also held here throughout the
year. There is a section for children
where they can draw and color cars.
The Nissan Gallery, with its various
features, is well worth a visit.
Department Store : The
Mitsukoshi Department Store stands
on the fourth corner of Yonchome.
This twelve-floor Ginza Mitsukoshi
branch was opened in 1930 and is
today one of the most prestigious
stores of Tokyo. Mitsukoshi is a
large international department store
chain founded in 1673, and is headquartered
the other famous department
stores of Ginza are Matsuya
(an eleven-floor store
which offers fashion, foods, household
goods, a pet shop, a travel agency
and an exhibition hall); Matsuzakaya
(a major Japanese department
store established in 1611 and headquartered
in Nagoya; this large Ginza branch
offers goods and services on ten
(opened in 1984, this French department
store chain offers fashion, accessories,
wines, foods and restaurants on
this ten-floor branch); Hankyu
(a collection of fashion
and lifestyle stores); and Seibu
(this Ginza branch consists
of nine floors and sells a wide
array of fashion wear and accessories).
Dori , also known as Ginza
Street , is the main street
of Ginza. Famous department stores
and specialty stores, including
most of the world's most famous
fashion houses, line both sides
of the street. Chuo Dori is best
experienced on weekends and holidays
when the street is closed to vehicular
traffic and is opened to pedestrians
only. This "pedestrians' paradise"
becomes a place not only to shop
but to stroll and enjoy as well.
Shopkeepers place chairs and parasols
along the street where you can sit
and rest free of charge. You can
also watch and listen to street
performers and look at street hawkers
selling their craft.
Dori , the street that
crosses Chuo Dori at Yonchome crossing,
has several well-known brand name
stores located on both sides of
it. The most prominent building
situated here on the corner of Harumi
Street at the Sukiyabashi Crossing
is the Sony Building.
Sony Building ,
designed by Japanese architect Yoshinobu
Ashihara, was opened in 1966. This
7-storey building showcases all
of Sony's electronic gadgets and
gizmos, including video and digital
cameras, CD players, radios, MP3
players, televisions, mobile phones,
computers and Play Station products,
besides other devices. The Sony
Building also houses an event space
where various exhibitions are held,
a high vision theatre, a broadcasting
studio, and several room layouts
suggesting how all the technology
can be best incorporated into the
home. The place to actually buy
Sony electronics is the basement
of the building, where all Sony
gadgets are sold. The Sony Building
also houses a BMW showroom, a few
shops, restaurants and cafes. According
to records, this centre attracts
around 5.5 million visitors every
high-tech center in Ginza is the
Apple Store , located
at the corner of Chuo-dori and Matsuya-dori.
The Apple Store, the first to open
outside the United States, is an
8-storey building that showcases
Apple products. The building is
an architectural feat in itself.
The outside faÃ§ade
is bead-blasted stainless steel
panels on the lower and middle floors,
and glass walls on the upper floors.
There are huge Apple logos on two
sides of the building, and a 10-foot
long narrow display window on one
side of the building.
Store is organized by floors - the
first floor has all the Apple high-tech
products on sale; the second floor
has a 27-foot long Genius bar as
well as movie and music products;
the third floor houses an 84-seat
tiered theater that regularly stages
popular programs; the fourth floor
sells accessories and software,
besides having a free Internet Cafe
for visitors; on the fifth floor
is a Training Center where training
and seminars are offered for both
hardware and software applications;
sixth to eighth floors have Apple
offices, as well as other tenant
offices. The basement is a parking
Hakuhinkan Toy Park is
another must visit store in Ginza.
Located at the South end of Chuo
Dori, or Ginza Street, Hakuhinkan
Toy Park is one of the oldest and
largest toy stores in Japan, having
first opened in 1899. Spanning nine
floors, the store is the place to
go to buy any and every kind of
toy. In the basement is the Club
67 boutique for the Licca-chan and
Jenny doll enthusiasts; on another
underground level is the Ticket
House, where you can buy tickets
for the Japanese shows performed
at the in-store theater on the top
floor; the rest of the floors have
dolls, teddy bears, video games,
jigsaw puzzles, and every other
conceivable toy or game for children.
There is a wide selection of restaurants
on the fifth and sixth floors.
the large stores on the main streets,
the side streets have a charm of
their own. The side streets of Ginza
are full of art galleries featuring
paintings, photography, and graphic
design that are well worth a visit.
Ginza also offers a wide selection
of dining experiences. There are
over 4,000 eateries in the area,
covering all cuisines and price