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5 Fun Local Things to Do in Ginza

Are you heading to Tokyo soon? Ginza is one of Tokyo’s most beloved and interesting districts. Here are some top things to do in Ginza. 

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Ginza, located in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward, is one of the most interesting neighborhoods in the city because of its dualistic nature. It’s one of Tokyo’s oldest districts with a tangible Shitamachi past (Old Tokyo).

But, Ginza is also home to some of the city’s most glamorous scenes and modern architecture. There’s an older style of Japanese luxury here that’s reflective of this undercurrent of the city’s history and culture. 

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1. Go Rooftop Surfing

I bet you didn’t know that Ginza is home to some of Tokyo’s finest department stores, and with that, a plethora of rooftop gardens. You might not have much interest in actually shopping at these high-end stores, but they are certainly the perfect stopping point for the adventurous and budget-conscious traveler. 

2. Go Stationary Shopping in Ginza

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Ginza is home to a much older and traditional side of Tokyo and for that reason, you will find some of the city’s best stationary shops. In fact, the vast majority of them are all in Ginza.

Whatever you do, don’t miss Ginza Itoya – the city’s most beloved 12-story stationary store. There are a couple thousand pens and endless stationary supplies. Seriously, don’t miss this place. For a more in-depth guide to Ginza’s stationary scene , learn more in my book Hidden Tokyo.

3. Have a tea experience

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Ginza has some of the finest places in the city for afternoon tea because of its traditional side. The Shiseido Parlour Salon is one of the most iconic establishments in the city for tea. It’s also one of the city’s oldest tearooms and is known especially for its parfaits. You can expect to fine in a ballroom on porcelain dishes, but it’s a truly unique Tokyo experience. 

Also, Laduree Tokyo Ginza is also located in the heart of Ginza at the Mitsukoshi Department Store. It’s a beautiful tearoom with a classic Laduree vibe and a view of the city. 

Alternatively, if you’re not feeling a traditional afternoon tea vibe, you can also try Chazen for a Japanese tea ceremony. Reservations are mandatory. 

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4. kabuki theater

Ginza’s Kabuki Theater is one of the top things to do in Ginza and for good reason. This is a unique experience you cannot have outside of Japan and I highly recommend it. 

Although the show is not in English, you can attend either a full show or a single act which is more on the affordable side to. Purchase tickets ahead of time online

5. Explore the Sanrio Hello Kitty Flagship

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You may not be a fan of Hello Kitty, but you can’t dispute its influence in Japanese culture. This is the flagship location for all things Hello Kitty and if you’re curious, it’s a fun place to explore and even collect some souvenirs. 

Like most complex things in life, it’s easy to oversimplify the complexity without knowing it. That’s precisely why I wrote The Hidden Tokyo Neighborhood Guidebook. I’ve designed this book to leave you actually knowing Tokyo – the most complex city in the world. Learn more.


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