Tokyo Shopping Guide: Ginza

itoya - marcelinesmith

Ginza is an upmarket area full of flagship stores of international brands. For those on a budget, it’s still fun to check out the window displays and architecture, but there’s other places of interest too. You’ll find all the big Japanese department stores here and it’s definitely the place to pick up whatever pastries or cakes are on trend.

itoya - marcelinesmith

Shopping in Ginza

Ito-ya
Beautiful shop that treats stationery and paper like a museum. The highlight is the gorgeous handmade washi and paper displays, with a wall of coloured papers and a traditional gift wrapping service. You’ll also find stationery, cards, calligraphy, origami supplies, art supplies, travel goods and much more, at all price ranges. There’s even a cafe on the top floor if you need a mid-shopping break. See my full post »

Hakuhinkan
Big toy shop with a range of products from the traditional to the kawaii. Also has vending machines outside so you can pick up the most popular toys out of hours. Website »

Uniqlo
They’ve expanded worldwide, but it’s still worth checking out the flagship stores in Ginza, which has 12 floors. You’re sure to leave with something from their collection of simple basics, fun designs and character/designer collaborations. Website »

Marimekko
The colourful Swedish textiles and homeware brand have their Japanese flagship store in Ginza. Website »

Muji
This famous Japanese minimalist lifestyle goods store has a big branch here with a cafe. Website »

Ginza Cozy Corner
Despite the name, this bakery chain can be found all over Japan but the main store is in Ginza. They sell the prettiest little cakes and pastries which you can eat in or take away. Look out for strawberry shortcake, seasonal items and character tie-ins. Website »

ginza cozy corner - marcelinesmith

Art, Culture & More

Kabuki-za
Whether or not you have an interest in Kabuki, the theatre building is well worth stopping by. It’s been destroyed and rebuilt three times in its 100+ year history and is very impressive to look at. Website »

If you have a bit more time, Ginza is quite close to some great attractions including Tsukiji fish market, Hama-rikyu garden and the huge moving clock designed by Hayao Miyazaki.

ghibli clock - marcelinesmith

Getting Around

Take the subway to either Ginza or Higashi-Ginza and everything is nearby.

Last updated: 15 May 2017

Useful Links & Guides


japan guides and books

Want more Japan tips? Check out my Japan guides and ebooks.