Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tokyo: Ginza

We visited Ginza in the second half of Day 2 of our Tokyo trip, After a leisurely lunch in a restaurant close to Hibiya Park, we resumed our walk and intended to take a train to Ginza. To our surprise, we had already reached Ginza and had not realized it till we saw the signboard for one of the exits of Ginza station.    

Ginza is one of the most expensive and popular shopping districts which is also reputed for being one of the most expensive real estate in Japan.
The area gets its name “Ginza” meaning silver mint from the fact that for almost 2 centuries from  16th-19th century, a silver coin mint was actually located here. Suffering considerable damage during the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake, the area was reconstructed only to become an upscale shopping area.
Sony building is where Sony showcases its latests products and technology. Kids love the place because they get access to some of the gadgets which are out of reach elsewhere. Serious shoppers can purchase the latest Sony products right from the company outlet.
When we visited Ginza, a temporary foot bath was “installed” just outside the Sony building. An innovative way of marketing one of Hokkaido’s onsens, was definitely a boon for tired feet.
Ginza’s streets shine bright when the lights and neon signs are switched on.

  Wako building is Ginza’s landmark and stands at the intersection of Chuo dori and Harumi dori.
 This building with its iconic clock tower was originally constructed in 1894 and reconstructed in 1932.
Ginza 4 chome is home to some of the biggest brands in shopping and fashion.

Some of the buildings in Ginza have interesting modern architecture.

 Some of the best brands in global fashion have their outlets in Ginza.

Ginza is a shoppers paradise and also has some fine dining outlets. 

Ginza is one place that most visitors to Tokyo would not like to miss.  

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