All About Japan

A Quick Guide to the East Tokyo Neighborhoods

| Deeper Japan , Tokyo

4. Ginza - more than just for the rich

Ginza (銀座) is Tokyo's most renowned upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district. Known to be the most expensive place in the world, many luxury brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton etc have boutiques here. Even sipping a cup of coffee will make you about 10 USD poorer. However, don’t let this stop you from visiting Ginza, because every Sunday afternoon, the central Chuo Dori street becomes a pedestrian-only street. That’s when tables and chairs will be set up in the middle of the street, making it the perfect place to people-watch on this trendy upmarket street! Here are two interesting activities in Ginza that won’t cost you a bomb to explore:

Tsukiji Market - a glimpse into the life of local merchants

Best known as one of the world’s biggest fish markets, Tsukiji Market (築地市場) is not only a tourist’s favourite, but also an important place where local merchants trade. Sacrifice some sleep just one morning and get to the market by 4am to apply for admission to the tuna auction area from 5.25am. Only 120 visitors are allowed per day in two sessions. So try to arrive as early as you can, otherwise you will miss this rare opportunity to witness the auction! Just to play safe, spend the night somewhere near Tsukiji Market so as to save on travel time and cost, since it’s impossible to get any public transport early in the morning. A great accommodation to consider will be the stylish First Cabin Tsukiji capsule hotel just a stone’s throw from the market.