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Walk by the most expensive and elegant streets of Tokyo in Ginza
Nakagin Tower is a rather rare building with cubical structures, designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa. It is one among the Japanese Metabolism movement constructions, an architectural drive as part of post-war cultural resurgence and is an edifice of the 1970's. This building is the world's first construction with capsule architecture. It is still used for residential and office purposes. The building is a must-see for architectural inspiration.
Pola Museum Annex has earned excellent reviews and ratings from tourists being a lively museum absolutely free of cost. It is a good idea to hang around in this museum for a bit if you are in the Ginza downtown. The museum is full of lights and music. It is on the third floor of the Pola Ginza building having 14 floors, built as a symbol of Pola Orbis Holdings dealing in 'beauty and health'. Pola museum delivers cutting-edge splendor in cosmetic, fine-dining and art. You can find pieces of art ranging from modern-day work to the Pola collection.
Another beautiful creation within Ginza is the quaint Tsukuda Park with a moat, located by the Sumida River. It has a taste of the old-time downtown due to the way it is decorated. There is a recreation of a lighthouse of the Bakumatsu period with several cherry trees transplanted from Higashine in Yamagata. It is a great place by the river to take a stroll or go running or cycling in the morning.
Ginza crossing is the intersection of the Harumi-Dori and Chuo-Dori decked up with the most iconic buildings like Seiko Clock, world-famous Ginza Mitsukoshi or the Wako departmental store. The night view is a treat for the eyes with the dazzling lights and enormous buildings depicting the urban outlook.
Introducing yourself to the Japanese culture, while in Ginza, is something you would definitely be interested in, especially, when it is a performance at Kabuki-za Theatre. It is the performing arts center in Ginza attracting numerous visitors every year. The performances largely depict the historic Japanese events in a typical Japanese dramatic style. The theatre stays light on your pocket, therefore, making it a must visit.
Something you would not want to miss is the Sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Ginza. This is one of the most popular restaurants rated 3 Michelin Stars for its scrumptious sushi. It is also very popular among the celebrities visiting Ginza. The restaurant is known for its quality of food. It has been successful in serving the best flavor keeping the menu items as fresh as they can possibly be. Apart from these, the entire downtown area of Ginza is packed with all kinds of popular shopping destinations, the famous Tsukiji fish market for the exotic Tuna, the nearby restaurant district at Yurakucho, Chuo-Dori the pedestrian's hub, etc.
How to Get Tickets?
Most of these attractions in Ginza are open for all without any entry charges, except for some places already mentioned above like the Kabuki-za theatre. The theatre also charges a reasonable amount considering the location. However, if you are a spendthrift, there are plenty of places to that will leave your pockets empty. The downtown Ginza has some of the most expensive showrooms and eateries. In all, you do end up spending in order to quench your thirst for shopping at the amazing outlets and with international brands.
How To Get Around?
Ginza is a vast area. While most of the people prefer walking to get around, it might get too tiring to reach each of the destinations for the tourists. Metro train runs in the area with several stops around it. It is best to walk around in the shopping area, while take the metro train to reach specific attractions and get down at the closest station.
What Should I Wear?
Ginza is a high-end area. People dressed up in the most expensive brands from head to toe, is not a rare sight here. You might also pass by some of the most expensive fragrances lingering around the downtown area, tempting you to buy those for yourself too. Casuals are what you would prefer in this area, to hang around, shop, chill out in the park and enjoy. If you are planning to dine in one of the restaurants, why not be dressy and show off your beautiful self a bit?
Best Time to Visit
Ginza is open throughout the week from 12 pm to 5 pm, October to March and until 6 pm for the rest of the months. The best time is to visit during a pleasant afternoon; weekends would be the best, as the central Chuo Dori street closes for automobiles, allowing only pedestrians to roam around. Most of the shops open up at around 10 am in the morning and remain open until 8 or 9 pm.
Will I Need a Guide?
The downtown area has several signboards to guide you through the area and metro stations. So, it should be pretty simple to get around if you know the destinations you want to visit. Moreover, you can take help of the information desk at the Metro station.
How To Get There?
Ginza area is closest to the JR Yurakucho Station, with just a five minutes' walk from the station. It is also close to the Tokyo station, with a 15 minutes' walk from the station. The nearest airport to the area is the Haneda airport, from where you can take the Limousine Bus to reach the destination in 35 minutes.
For the Kabuki-za theatre, prior reservations are required, for an entire play. For single acts, you can get the ticket on spot.