Just in case you found yourself in Ginza with nothing much to do, here is a quick list to prove you how much this district has to offer! Be aware of the prices though, it may become a bit expensive to eat here and even to do some shopping, but if you have a wallet full of money to spend around, this is the right place!
1. Taste the famous Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi
Sukiyabashi Jiro is a small, high-class sushi restaurant. It has become famous from the film “Jiro Dreams About Sushi” and because prime minister Abe and ex-President Obama have dined there together. Sukiyabashi Jiro offers Edo-style first quality sushi and has just one fixed meal option, the “omakase tasting menu”. But don’t worry, as the ingredients are being imported daily from fish market they will never be the same, so with each visit you will be able to discover new flavors! Given that it is a very famous restaurant and it can accommodate just 10 customers at a time, the reservation is a must.
Address: Tsukamoto Sogyo Building B1F, 4 Chome-2-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥30,000 + taxes
2. Visit famous authentic bars
Owner Kazuo Ueda, one of the most famous Japanese cocktails inventors. They offer wine and other alcoholics, but its specialty is particularly strong cocktails, which really are worth getting drunk for. The bar space is also very stylish, with wide counters and private space to drink with friends.
Address: 5F, 6 Chome-5-15 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥6,000 – ¥8,000
Yes, it’s exactly what you’re thinking. This bar takes the name from the famous thief Arsène Lupin, and it will bring you back to a 20th-century Europe with a perfect, classy atmosphere. Its cocktails are absolutely a must-try, as they are famous in Ginza and in all Tokyo as one of the best. Another very good point of this bar is, finally, is proximity to Ginza Station (it takes just 1 minute to walk).
Address:Tsukamoto Fudosan Building B1F, 5 Chome-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Price: from ¥1,200 each
Website: http://www.lupin.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
It may look like nothing much from the outside, but just try to enter and you will be amazed by its lively, tropical atmosphere. This bar is famous, of course, for its fruit-based cocktails and is the best way to have fun with friends. The bar’s space isn’t big, but is very well organized so you will feel at ease anyway, taken that private tables are also available.
Access: Sanraku Building 7F, 6 Chome-5-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥5,000 – ¥6,000
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13045430/ (Japanese only)
More reads: 10 Best Bars In Ginza To Have A Fun Night Out
3. Taste authentic Yoshoku (Western food)
Yoshoku is a kind of Japanized western style cuisine, that includes meats and other ingredients that aren’t easily found in traditional Japanese food. An example can be curry rice, but some of them have become so popular that are being considered as a part of traditional cuisines, like tonkatsu. In Ginza, the best restaurants where you can taste the authentic yoshoku are below places.
Believed to be one of the first restaurants to serve western-style menu, such as omurice, fried oysters and pork cutlets.
Address: 3-5-16 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
Website: http://ginzarengatei.com/ (Japanese only)
Gin no Tou
An absolute specialty of this restaurant is the stew, available in many flavors and well matched with rice or other traditional vegetable side dishes.
Address: 4-13-6 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
Website: http://www.ginnotou.shop-site.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Stew and curry rice are the most quoted dishes here at Furukawa, but fried shrimp will simply blow you away!
Address: 5-7-10 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
4. Watch Kabuki shows
If you want to go for something more cultural, we recommend Kabuki shows. Some of them start in the evening and offer the perfect solution for a night out on the traditional side of the Ginza district. Kabukiza theatre, located in the heart of Ginza, offers a good variety of shows that changes monthly and you can buy tickets online in advance or directly at the theatre counter.
Address: 4-12-15 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
Price: it may vary based on the position of the seat.
5. Shop until stores close
A lot of Ginza shops stay open until late, so why not to go around for some night shopping? Here are the 4 most recommended ones!
Marronnier Gate Ginza
It is divided into two big units (gate 1 and gate 2&3) offers a huge variety of services such as massages, beauty treatments, restaurants and any kind of shops. From clothing to pet shops, every desire will be satisfied here!
Address: 3-2-1 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
Website: https://www.marronniergate.com/ (Japanese Only)
This shopping center offers more than 120 tax-free shops and accurately selected fashion brands to satisfy your trendy needs!
Address: 2-5-1 Yurakucho Chiyoda Tokyo
The superb design of this mall will amaze you! It’s one of the most high-quality shopping centers in Ginza area, where you can find famous overseas brands and high-class Japanese beauty products.
Address: 6 Chome-10-1 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Tokyu Plaza Ginza
Last but not least, this shopping center’s webpage shows the latest fashion items of the season and some good last-minute promotions too, so to check it a bit before going is warmly recommended!
Address: 5-2-1 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
6. Bar hopping along Ginza Corridor
Ginza Corridor is a Lively street that goes from Yurakucho to Shinbashi, and it gathers lots of small pubs or izakayas where you can take a pause from your intense shopping day. Tamaki (玉木), for example, is a quoted French restaurant in this area, but it also offers kind of a fusion cuisine, mixing French and Japanese tastes. The result is a very delicate flavor. Near Ginza Station and Ginza six, for a trick of comfort, are located Cascade (カスケード 銀座店), which offers the perfect happy hour with great cocktails and gourmet side dishes.
Ginza Corridor address: 6-2 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
Tamaki Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13040701/
7. Explore Izakaya in Shinbashi
Shinbashi is only about 10-15 minutes’ walk from Ginza area and offers more budget-friendly bars and restaurants with a huge variety of services. Here you can find karaoke at every corner, and it becomes really lively at night. This is, in fact, the district that collects a great number of business men/ladies that want to spend some time out before heading back home after work.
8. Enjoy delicious desserts
Ginza area is also very popular for what regards desserts. When in Ginza Sembikiya parlor, for example, you will have the opportunity to taste fabulous fruit parfaits and sweet sandwiches, all to satisfy your sweet tooth! If you want to try some traditional Japanese sweets, such as shaved ice or mochi, Toraya is the answer. Most of these cafes have a set menu available with a reasonable price, so you can fill your stomach up with delicacies without worrying too much.
Ginza Sembikiya address: 5-5-1 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
Ginza Sembikiya Website: https://ginza-sembikiya.jp/ (Japanese only)
Toraya address: 7-8-6 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
Toraya Website: https://ginza-sembikiya.jp/ (Japanese only)
9. Watch the latest and selected old movies
Other than Kabuki, in Ginza, you can find a lot of different shows and theaters. In Marunouchi Toei theater, for example, you can find the newest movies on the market and sometimes some special events to enjoy your cultural tour in Ginza. If you are more an old movie type don’t worry; this district has a lot to offer for everyone! Cine Switch Ginza reproduces selected old movies only, so have fun discovering its exclusive selection!
Marunouchi Toei: 3-2-17 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
Cine Switch Ginza: Hata Building, 4 Chome-4-5 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.cineswitch.com/ (Japanese Only)
Price: may vary based on the show
10. Enjoy the night view of Ginza while enjoying dinner at Ginza Sky Lounge
Finally, one of the most elegant and chic things to do is a romantic dinner at the Ginza Sky Lounge. There you can taste a fine French and western cuisine while contemplating the night sky of Ginza, in a moving platform! Yes, you read that right. A peculiarity of Ginza Sky Lounge is that the floor is always moving around, to make you enjoy a 360 degrees view in more or less 80 minutes! Its movements are, of course, very slow, so that you’ll notice the changes in the landscape and you’ll be able to relax in a quite western atmosphere. Due to the number of reservations, the place is strongly suggested to book in advance, using the online form.
Address: Tokyo Transportation Hall 15th Floor 2-10-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Restaurant average price: ￥5,000～￥5,999
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