Ginza and Tsukiji-Area Shopping
Beyond its restaurants and sophisticated nightlife, Ginza is all about shopping during the daytime hours. Every brand worth its salt has at least one retail shop here, and for the most part it’s about luxury and brand experiences. Whether or not you have the bank account to back it up, you can do plenty of retail therapy just hopping around.
Tokyu Plaza Ginza
The Tokyu Plaza Ginza building opened in 2016 and is right between Ginza and Ikebukuro. There are 14 floors of modern shopping, restaurants with views of the area, and an incredible rooftop terrace with a hanging garden. As far as department stores in Ginza go, Tokyu Plaza stands out simply because it’s so new, and stands in stark contrast to the classic buildings around it.
SHISEIDO THE GINZA
This isn’t just a shop to buy cosmetics, it’s an entire brand and customer experience encompassing everything about beauty and well-being. With three very different floors, SHISEIDO THE GINZA offers cosmetics downstairs (complete with digital “mirrors” that apply them to your face), and upstairs floors have makeup rooms for personal touch-ups, salons, spa, and even a professional photography studio for getting that perfect headshot for your passport photo. Whether you’re interested in cosmetics or not, this is a great building to check out.
Hakuhinkan Toy Park
One of Tokyo’s biggest and most well-known toy shops, Hakuhinkan has been running since 1982 and sells a wide variety of toys, stuffed animals, and general fun for kids. For a toy shop it’s quite large, and you can find just about anything on the market, as well as classic items. Perfect for getting something for the kids, or just browsing with them, as there are plenty of toys you can play with in the shop as well, including a racing track for slot cars that you can borrow for free and race for only 200 yen.
Founded in the 17th century, Mitsukoshi is one of Japan’s most famous department store chains. Their iconic department store in Ginza is one of their best, but the real gem is in the basement floors where you can find all manner of beautifully packaged Japanese snacks, sweets, sake, tea and other items. If you love Japanese food, and especially packaging, you could probably spend all day exploring and finding souvenirs to bring home.
Like many established stores in Ginza, Itoya has been around a long time. This hundred year old stationary store has an incredible variety of domestic and international stationery, including 1,200 kinds of pens and pencils. Japan already has the world’s best stationary, so if you’re looking for beautiful cards, paper, and pretty much anything to do with stationary supplies, Itoya is a paradise.