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Tokyo Ginza | Silver Place - Shopping District

Tokyo Ginza | Silver Place - Shopping District

Ginza lies in the heart of Tokyo, extending from Kyobashi to Shimbashi and is now a leading shopping district in Tokyo. “Ginza” literally means "Silver Place," deriving its name from the silver mint founded in the district in 1612. After a fire burned down most of the district in 1872, the government helped recreate the area with more modern designs including fire-resistant buildings, European-style architecture, larger streets, and a shopping promenade. While most of the buildings have changed over time, there are still some remnants like the Wako Building that houses the iconic Hattori-Clock Tower (built by the founder of Seiko Watches, Kintaro Hattori). Many of the finest shops including department stores and specialty stores are on the streets of Ginza. This high fashion district is a perfect stop for those fashionistas looking to shop at high quality stores. Ginza also features tea houses, bars, cabarets, a Kabuki theater, art galleries and so on in this district. It's not uncommon to go to Ginza just to kill time or enjoy a weekend date. The Ginza Six shopping complex is filled with designer stores, a roof garden, gallery, and great restaurants to enjoy. Ginza still keeps its dignity and reputation as a high end, refined area, even with the growing shopping and business centers in Tokyo. Explore this high-end district during a free day in Tokyo while on our fully guided line of Essence of Spring Tours or Highlights Japan Tour vacation packages!

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