Updated: October 21, 2019
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9 of the most popular things to do in Ginza, Tokyo


If you are wondering what to do in Ginza, then have a look at these 9 suggestions. They are some of the most popular activities with locals and tourists alike in the famous Tokyo neighborhood.

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Ginza is an unmissable district of Tokyo. Known for its expensive boutiques, sushi restaurants, and everything high-end, the area has a reputation of being quite posh. It is a very beautiful place where you can enjoy both modern and more traditional Japan. Here are some interesting things to do in Ginza.

Eat Amazing Food

Wagyu Ramen at re:Dine Ginza
Ginza has a very high concentration of outstanding restaurants, from cheap yet delicious ramen to Michelin-starred restaurants worth ¥40,000 per person. No matter what kind of food you're after, you'll find it here.
Check out our articles about the best places to eat in Ginza:

Attend a kabuki play at Kabukiza

Kabuki is a type of traditional Japanese theatre that depicts ancient folk tales in dance and musical plays. Kabuki performers wear sophisticated traditional kimonos, masks or elaborate makeup. Watching a kabuki play is a great way to experience the traditional culture of Japan. One of the best places to do so in Tokyo is at the Kabukiza 歌舞伎座 Theatre in Ginza.

Kabukiza is the most prestigious kabuki theatre in Tokyo. It has a capacity of nearly 2,000 people, which makes it one of the largest in Japan. It's stately traditional architecture really stands out in the modern urban city center of Ginza.

Ginza Sony Park

Ginza Sony Park is a new public space that is the first stage of the renovation of the Sony Building, which used to stand where the park is. The park currently features an outdoor space on the ground level, which features a variety of interesting trees from around the world, and 4 basement levels below ground that feature art exhibits, unique shops, and Sony technology exhibits. It's a cool place to hang out without spending any money (unless you want to) and is a unique concept. In the coming years, there are plans to build the upper levels of a new building which will extend the park even further.

Find the Elusive Toiwa Inari Shrine

Toyoiwa Inari Shrine is a very small shrine located in a tiny alleyway in the middle of Ginza that you'll miss if you blink while walking by. The shrine is supposedly frequented by kabuki actors and is still fairly unknown to most people visiting Ginza. It's not a major attraction, but it's a really unique shrine in a cool spot that you'll be happy to spend a few minutes finding. Good luck!

Shop at Ginza Mitsukoshi

Centrally located, Ginza Mitsukoshi Department store is the place to go shopping in Ginza. Opened in 1930, it has been the most popular department store for designer clothes in the area.

Shop at Ginza Six

On the other hand, GINZA SIX is the hottest new department store which has just opened in 2017. From high-end fashion brands to Japanese domestic brands, everything you want is there.

There are also some really great foods on the basement floor.

Eat Unique KitKat Flavors at the KitKat Chocolatory

Have you had a Japanese KitKat bar before? If not, you need to change that ASAP! While other countries only have a handful of simple chocolate flavors, Japan has more flavors than you can imagine! Green tea, strawberry, sweet potato, soy sauce, etc., if it's a common Japanese flavor, it's probably been made into a KitKat.
The KitKat Chocolatory is both a cafe serving delectable patisseries, parfaits and more and a shop selling loads of limited-edition KitKat flavors that you won't be able to find in a regular store. You can even make custom KitKat bars with your own handwritten message on the chocolate itself!

There are now a few more locations across the country, but the Ginza store is the original shop and is extra special. Check it out for a delicious snack or to buy some unique souvenirs to bring home.

Wander the neon street

Even if you're not in Ginza for shopping, just wandering around Ginza is interesting. The Neon street is a famous strip where you can see brightly illuminated neon signboards on both sides of the street.

This road is famous for its incredibly expensive high-end clubs and bars.

Have some drinks and food on Corridor Gai at night

Corridor Gai or Corridor Street, has been popular among the young generation recently. The street is not so long but it has a high concentration of many cozy bars and restaurants. It's comparatively cheaper than other places in Ginza.
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