Ginza (Japanese银座) is a well known as a major business and entertainment district of Tokyo district municipality Chūō with a variety of restaurants, theaters, department stores, showrooms, art galleries, night clubs and hotels. Numerous high-profile international fashion and luxury goods brands have on the Chūō - dori (, Chuo- road ', also called Ginza dori ), the central street of Ginza, and their partly unnamed side streets their stores. Are the famous noble department houses Wako and Mitsukoshi, as well as with its countless neon signs, cylindrical San-ai Building and the Nissan Gallery at the intersection Chuo- dori and Harumi dori -. The otherwise passable Chuo- dori is closed on the weekend for cars and becomes so in a pedestrian zone with set up on the street in the middle umbrellas and chairs. Under the Chuo- dori runs the Ginza line of Tōkyō Metro.

Ginza was one of the first parts of the city of Tokyo, which were wrested from the Bay of Tokyo. In 1612 in the Edo period, a Silbermünzstätte was established in this area, from which the name Ginza (gin, silver ' and Za, place, bearing ' ) is derived. After Ginza in 1872 burned down in the area by the British architect Josiah Conder and engineer Thomas J. Waters was completely rebuilt. They widened the road from 12.6 to 27 meters and erected along the wide sidewalks on which gas lanterns stood a long row of two-story brick buildings with superior balconies. Following the example of Paris and London, as did the first free zone in Japan. After initial difficulties, mainly due to the high prices of the new building, the Tokyo soon felt in the new district well, the further to the entertainment district, nothing stood in the way. In the early twentieth century, however, was the prime entertainment district Asakusa in Tokyo, only in the postwar Ginza moved into first place before.

Today, the name Ginza has become of equivalent expression for shopping street, so there are now all over Japan Ginza.

Just north of Ginza is Tokyo Station. In the Ginza also several subway lines, including the Ginza Line, the oldest subway in Tokyo, which received its name from the district meet.


  • Hotel Seiyo Ginza (luxury class)
  • Ginza Mercure ( upper middle class)
  • Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel ( upper middle class)
  • Ginza Capital Hotel (Medium class)
  • Ginza Nikko Hotel (Medium class)

Famous department stores and shops

  • Mitsukoshi
  • Matsuya
  • Matsuzakaya
  • Wako
  • Seibu
  • Mikimoto pearls (jewelery)
  • Armani Ginza Tower (Fashion)
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Flagship Store Ginza (Fashion)
  • Louis Vuitton Ginza Building (Fashion)
  • Gucci Ginza Building (Fashion)
  • Apple Store Ginza (technology)
  • House of Shiseido (cosmetics)
  • Zara (largest Zara store in the world )
  • Takumi ( handicrafts and souvenirs)
  • Ito -ya ( stationery)

Cultural institutions