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Next up on our agenda was Ginza “literally meaning silver mint”. My girlfriend recommended Ginza as it is considered one of the most luxurious fashion centers housing many upscale shops and restaurants. It’s a classy neighbourhood just south of Tokyo Station. Visitors all around the globe visit Ginza also for its amazing design architecture and brilliant lights. You can easily spend over 1000 yen for a cup of coffee here, but you only live once so enjoy…
Best Places to Shop and Dine in Luxurious Ginza District
If you want to visit and experience Ginza at its best. I recommend you frequent the restaurants and of course do a little (or a lot) of shopping.
I’ve heard that Ginza is a popular neighborhood for couples to go out for a night of fine dining. Numerous restaurants in the area have achieved three-star Michelin rankings so if you’re in the mood to spend money and tantalize your taste buds, this is definitely the place to do it. Explore a little and you certainly won’t be disappointed. Many high end department stores and buildings in Ginza have restaurants on their top floors. Too many food choices! We arrived at just before noon and I was starving. Wandering around for a while we decided on a lunch spot located in the back alley off the main street. We had sushi, tempura, miso soup and were quite satisfied. After we came out a lunch crowd had formed outside which is typical of many eating establishments in Japan.
Incidentally, Sunday was the best day to visit Ginza. My stomach was not growling anymore and I needed some exercise. Every Sunday the main street through Ginza, Chuo Dori, is blocked restricted to pedestrian traffic only. It becomes a paradise if you love luxury goods. We walked the main street for high end brands and the back streets of Ginza for unique items. Famous brand names shops like Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and numerous others line the streets of Ginza for blocks upon blocks. If you’re not into branded goods there are also decent and reasonably priced shops. Uniqlo comes to mind as it is a quality clothing brand with over 1000 stores around the world. No money, no problem. Ginza is certainly the best place for window shopping and is known for its sometimes bizarre window displays. Happy with my purchases, I pretended that the Louis Vuitton receipts did not exist and made my way back to the subway station.
Most expensive land in Tokyo
When I mention buying a home in Japan people cringe! A plaque on the street in Ginza claims to mark the single most expensive spot of land on the entire planet. As you’d expect, there are arrays of the most luxurious boutiques and brands in the world. So it’s a great spot for window shopping and people watching. One square meter of land in the district’s center is worth over ten million yen, making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan. It is where you can find the infamous $10 cups of coffee and where virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics has a presence. It is common knowledge that the price of land in Japan is extremely high, but have you ever wondered how much more the price can skyrocket? The most expensive land parcel in Tokyo goes to the astronomical price tag of 30 million yen – that’s over 300 thousand US Dollar – per square meter! Prices have fallen dramatically but the area remains extremely expensive.The record is held by the land occupied by the building in this photo, Meidi-ya, in Ginza.
Ginza is a neighborhood esteemed by everyone in Japan. It’s a place where you can find the best fashion, gourmet, beauty, and other luxurious ways to spend your time there. If you want to spend some time in Ginza, here are some places that you can stop by to check out.