Ginza is a city known for its traditional shops and luxurious boutiques. However it is a little known fact that there are actually many shops that offer good quality items at reasonable prices. There are various kinds of these shops, from reasonable and trendy foreign brands like “Abercrombie & Fitch” and casual, tasty diners loved by working folk in Ginza, to bag shops with constantly low price, etc. In this edition, I would like to introduce these real finds of Ginza. Let’s explore this town that never stops enticing you.
“H&M” is a casual fashion brand from Sweden. The shop offers a wide range of clothing, so you’ll surely find what you’re looking for, whether it’s items of basic and casual design, hip and trendy outfits, sportswear, maternity wear, etc. The shop also offers matching accessories and shoes, all of which are priced reasonably, such as 4,990 yen (SGD80) for one-piece dresses and 3,490 yen (SGD56) for skirts. You won’t get bored of exploring all the items here, and you don’t have to worry about spending lots of money too!
7-9-15 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
Phone:+81 3 3571 8131
It’s a casual izakaya (Japanese-style pub) on the street just below anelevated shinkansen (bullet train) railroad. The hanging red lanterns at the entrance and temporary al fresco tables made of beer cases remind me of local Singaporean eateries. You’ll be addicted to their homemade dishes, which use only fresh vegetables and seafood without any additives. Among the various dishes to try, their regular customers’ recommendations are: its signature Nikudofu, or beef tendon tofu stew (500 yen or SGD8) which is simmered for a long time to get its soft texture, and wagyu kushi yaki, or Japanese beef on a skewer (550 yen or SGD9). Come and enjoy traditional Japanese hawker fare here. Payment is cash-on-delivery only.
2-1-20, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-Ku.,Tokyo
Phone:+81 3 3592 6551
Three Hundred Bar Ginza 5-chome branch
All food and drinks are 300 yen (SGD5) each at this casual and stylish standing bar. With more than 150 traditional cocktails and no cover charge, this place is suitable for stopping by for a few glasses. The dusky bar is always packed with an international crowd who come for drinks after work . It is recommended that you drop by before 8 p.m. on weekdays, since it’s usually very busy after this time, and during the weekends. An aromatic bottle of “verbena” – which is said to be used by witches in ancient times as a love potion – is placed at the entrance. With or without its effect, a few couples actually met in this bar and got married!
Address: B1 Fazenda BLDG 5-9-11
A bag shop with everyday low price
The bag shop Karen, located at Ginza Chuo Dori or the main street of Ginza (6-9-7 Ginza), sells all their bags at 5,250 yen (SGD84) each. It is amazing to find genuine-leather bags, suitcases and shoulder bags that are normally priced at 20,000 to 30,000 yen (SGD320-480) in other shops for just 5,250 yen. Just by looking at all these bags with cute designs, I am tempted to buy more than one!
Tour information centre opened in Ginza Mitsukosi department store.
Ginza Mitsukoshi expanded its floor and reopened on September 11.2010, and is the largest department store in the Ginza and Yurakucho area. It also opened an Tourist Information Center (TIC) on the mezzanine floor to help foreign tourists know Ginza better, and information is available in English and Chinese, so you can stop by for any information regarding sightseeing and/or recommended spots in the Ginza area. Sales tax refunds can be processed here for items purchased in Ginza Mitsukoshi. An ATM with international functions is also located on the same floor.
Ginza Chuo Dori turns into vehicle-free zone on weekends and public holidays for a limited time.
［From October to March］12:00-17:00
Real finds of Ginza
October / 2010