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The best shops in Ginza

There's a great range of affordably priced shops amongst the high-end brands and glam of Ginza

Tokyo has some of the greatest shops and retail spaces you'll ever have the pleasure of shopping through, and Ginza is no exception. Offering up everything from the most fashionable high-end labels right off the runway to magnificent department stores and small speciality boutiques, there really is something for everyone in the capital's glitziest neighbourhood. 

The best Ginza shops

Atmos Ginza

Tokyo’s ‘sneaker boom’ is still going strong and you’ll find all the most popular brands at speciality boutique Atmos, including classics such as Nike, New Balance and Japan’s Onitsuka Tiger as well as seasonal brands. You can also find limited-edition sneakers and even order a bespoke pair...

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Dover Street Market Ginza

Just when people were beginning to say that Ginza's days as the capital of high-end Tokyo fashion were numbered, along came Rei Kawabuko to revitalise the 'hood. The Comme des Garçons founder had already scored a big hit in London with Dover Street Market, an eclectic, cutting-edge store where over 150 brands are curated under one roof. In March 2012, she brought the concept to Tokyo...

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Estnation Ginza

The store caters to a more mature taste, and offers both taste-fully selected casual and business suitable clothing with just a touch of high fashion. In addition to the store’s own label, it also carries a variety of international brand names. Though there are other branches of this shop in Tokyo, the Ginza branch is especially...

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Ginza Mitsukoshi

The oldest surviving department store chain in Japan (founded 1673), Mitsukoshi has its gargantuan flagship store in Nihonbashi. This Ginza branch (opposite Wako) has womenswear and accessories on the first five floors, menswear on the sixth, and household goods on the seventh...

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Ginza Natsuno

Chopsticks make affordable, portable and beautiful souvenirs or gifts. Make a beeline for this specialty shop – it may be small in size, but its amazing, eclectic collection will keep you busy browsing for ages. The shop houses over 2,500 sets of chopsticks and accessories such as chopstick rests to go along with your tableware...

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Ginza Oonoya

Founded as a tabi (socks) shop right across from the Kabukiza, Oonoya still deals in traditional footwear, in addition to classy accessories like tenugui handkerchiefs. These beauties, decorated with the shop's original motifs, make for perfect souvenirs...

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Ginza Six

Touted as the largest commercial complex in all of Ginza, this humongous structure sits on the Chuo-dori lot last occupied by the Matsuzakaya department store. The concept for Ginza Six is 'world-class', meaning a rather upscale version of, well, everything. Facing the area's central drag on the ground level are high-flying international brands...

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GU Ginza

Ideal for anyone who wants to keep up with Japan’s latest fashion trends but needs to stick to a budget, GU is Japan’s leading fast-fashion retailer, offering fully co-ordinated outfits for well under ¥10,000...

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Hakuhinkan

This multi-storey emporium, one of Tokyo’s biggest toy shops, is a showcase for the wacky, the cuddly and the cute, all with a Japanese twist. The basement is the headquarters of the Licca-chan Club (the Japanese equivalent of Barbie)...

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Kamuro

What once began as a small eyeglass shop has now turned into a full-blown business of fashionable spectacles in styles and colours. Have fun trying on Kamuro’s various styles for a fashion-forward look – it might be a bit hard to pick out just one pair...

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Kashoen Boutique Ginza

If you like the idea of using the same kind of beauty brushes loved by Hollywood’s celebrity make-up artists, then head to this store. Their brushes are handmade by skilled traditional craftsmen using real animal hair. The facial brush with its fine pore-cleansing bristles makes an excellent gift...

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Kit-Kat Chocolatory Ginza

Japan obviously rules the roost when it comes to the diversity of Kit-Kat flavours, but this shop centred on the cult wafer choc will likely draw in both domestic and international fans of the lucky bar. It's the first-ever high street Kit-Kat shop – all the other Chocolatories are located inside department stores...

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Kyukyodo

Japanese paper specialist Kyukyodo opened its first shop in Kyoto in 1663 and supplied incense to the Imperial Palace during the Edo period. Still run by the Kumagai family that founded it, the shop moved to Tokyo in 1880. This branch, with its distinctive arched brick entrance, still sells incense, alongside a selection of seasonal gift cards...

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Matsuya Ginza

Matsuya is notable for having in-store boutiques from the famous triumvirate of Japanese fashion revolutionaries: Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garçons, all of which are situated on the third floor. Traditional Japanese souvenirs are on the seventh...

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Morioka Shoten Ginza

The concept of this bookstore, which opened in 2015, is ‘a single room with a single book’. Focusing on just one book each week, the store creatively exhibits each work in a beautiful space within a wonderfully retro building...

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Nonohana Tsukasa

Unlike conventional flower shops, this one primarily stocks wild grass. The seasonal plants and blooms they carry may be simple, but they're sourced from all over Japan and hold a certain charm. You'll also find flower pots and bonsai trees, while there's a tea room – decorated with more wild grass, of course – on the second floor...

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Noritake Okura Art China Ginza

Founded over 100 years ago, Noritake is one of Japan’s oldest and most distinguished makers of Western-style tableware. You can pick up all kinds of high-end china and porcelain crockery at the company's flagship store – which moved to Ginza from Akasaka in October 2012 and carries products from Okura Art China...

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OBJ East

Based out of Kyoto, eyeglass specialists OBJ (pronounced 'objet') show off both their own originals and brand specs from Japan and elsewhere at this flashy outlet. The rows of waist-high showcases see glasses displayed almost as works of art, with represented brands including Eyevan, Oliver Peoples, Clayton Franklin and Ayame...

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Sanrio World Ginza

Sanrio’s flagship store has the largest selection of Sanrio goods in Japan, amassing all the characters together in one epicentre of saccharine cuteness. A statue of Hello Kitty standing on a white globe greets shoppers, and the store is systematically divided into five zones with seven distinct categories...

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Shiseido The Ginza

Select shop pioneer The Ginza's concept is ‘love your skin, love yourself’. Specialising in skincare and makeup products, especially those from the Shiseido line, the shop allows visitors to freely try out products...

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Suzunoya Ginza

Ideal for beginner kimono shoppers, Suzunoya carries a wide array of high quality items, ranging from yukatas and accessories to stationery made of traditional Japanese paper. Product labels and explanations are all in English, and it’s duty free for those with foreign passports...

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Tokyu Plaza Ginza

The closing of Shibuya's Tokyu Plaza in 2015 was mourned by many Tokyoites, and it remains to be seen if this Ginza reincarnation of the beloved shopping oasis can live up to expectations. Early signs are promising, however, with the exterior meant to recreate the appearance of traditional Edo Kiriko glass and the insides housing a whopping 125 stores...

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Toriba Coffee Ginza

One of the newer shrines to coffee in Ginza, this shop and roastery proclaims to offer an international selection of only the finest beans. The roastery is located on the second floor, while the ground-floor shop sells not only beans but also a variety of other coffee-related merchandise...

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Uniqlo Ginza

They don't call it 'fast fashion' for nothing. Barely six years after it first opened its enormous flagship store in Ginza, clothing retailer Uniqlo upped and moved to an even bigger location nearby. Opened in 2012, the shop sprawls across 12 floors, making it the largest branch of Uniqlo in Japan...

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Wako

This prestigious department store is located on the corner of Ginza Yonchome, across from Mitsukoshi. The building’s grand exterior – with its landmark clock tower – is matched only by the hushed ambience of the interior...

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