Ginza Is Your Gateway to Japanese Culture

Explore the streets with our insider travel guide.

Tokyo has loads of entertaining and sightseeing spots that it’s almost impossible for you to run out of things to do. Even if you choose to stay in just one area, you’ll still have a fun full day ahead. Ginza alone offers a great introduction to Japanese culture. From kabuki to matcha sweets, explore everything this neighborhood has to offer.

P.S. While these places are just five minutes away from each other, prepare to spend around five hours and 30 minutes with this sample itinerary.

Get a hitomakumiseki ticket at the Kabukiza Theatre.

A hitomakumiseki is a gallery for viewers who intend to watch just one kabuki play, which lasts anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Tickets start at ¥1,000 per person.

(Ginza Kabukiza is located at Kabukiza Theatre Tower, 4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo.)

Enjoy an affordable lunch at Ginza Ibuki, a Michelin-starred restaurant.

This one-of-a-kind restaurant has been listed six times on the Michelin Guides, and serves reasonably priced set menu lunches starting from ¥1,404.

Try the Katsuo no warayaki zen or grilled bonito set menu (¥1,620); it has nine dishes, including their original fried sesame tofu and an ice cream for dessert.

(Ginza Ibuki is located at B1 Dai-2 Matsuoka Bldg., 2-14-6 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo.)

Experience kabuki at Ginza Kabukiza!

A popular destination among foreign tourists, Ginza Kabukiza has a rooftop garden on the fifth floor which you can enter for free.

Check out a variety of Japanese pasalubong on its B2 floor.

Shop for Japanese goods from Kyukyodo.

A 300-year-old Japanese paper product specialty store is bound to have many stories to tell.

(Tokyo Kyukyodo Main Branch is located at 5-7-4 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo.)

Explore Ginza Six’s Ginza Grand Food Hall.

This food hall has eight specialty Japanese gourmet shops to choose from. From sushi to tempura to wagyu meals, this is the right place to experience the richness of Japanese cuisine.

(Ginza Grand Food Hall is located at Ginza Six, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo.)

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, Tokyo Walker™ (September 2017)

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