First-timers to Ginza will be struck by its crowded pavements, impressive department stores and line-up of glossy luxury labels. But head to the back streets and this area offers a riveting mix of exceptional bars, galleries and small shops that have attracted visitors for decades. This was where Tokyo’s westernisation began in the 19th century and a Ginza stroll – once known as Ginbura – is as popular as ever.
Toraya has been selling hats for more than a century. The Ginza branch channels this wealth of knowledge, with personalised service to help you navigate a space filled to the brim with European classics and seasonal styles.2-6-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Ginza Six brings together luxury maisons, retailers and cultural offerings under one roof. The retail complex also has some surprises, from a traditional Noh theatre to art installations and a tea-inspired cocktail bar.6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku
This Ginza landmark has been hosting kabuki for more than 130 years. The theatre combines tradition and modernity, retaining the classic tiled roof and other signature elements. Performances are held on most days.4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Itoya’s flagship shop is an essential stop for lovers of stationery. Spread across two buildings, themed floors are staffed by teams of specialists, while bespoke services allow you to add personal touches to selected items.2-7-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku
A coffee at Café de L’ambre is a moment worth savouring. Founded in 1948, this backstreet kissaten serves a range of in-house specialty roasts. Soak up the atmosphere as your order is hand-dripped at the counter.8-10-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku