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Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Neighbourhood Guide

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With a starting fare of ¥170 (US$1.53), being able to find your way around the Ginza Line is crucial to getting around Tokyo. Here are seven destinations, introduced from west to east, that any visitor to Tokyo can't miss when traveling on the Ginza Line.

1. Shopping at Omotesando Hills (Omotesando Station)

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The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line begins at Shibuya, and just one stop away from Shibuya is Omotesando station, considered one of the largest fashion hubs in central Tokyo. The crown jewel on the Omotesando shopping street is Omotesando Hills, a shopping complex adored by locals and visitors alike. Omotesando Hills not only houses top-of-the-line fashion boutiques, but also features restaurants and beauty services. The building is also decorated for special holidays, including Christmas.

2. Stroll down Ginkgo Road (Gaienmae Station)

Almost directly out of Gaienmae station is the breathtaking Ginkgo Road. Located in a quieter area of central Tokyo right next to Jingu baseball stadium, the 300 metre-long Ginkgo Road is known for its ginkgo trees that turn an astonishing yellow in the autumn. The road connects Meiji Jingu Gaienmae with Aoyama doori, and is a peaceful breather from the hustle and bustle of Shibuya and Minato-ku. Be sure to make time to take a walk down Ginkgo Road on your next autumn trip to Tokyo.

3. Wine and dine at Andaz Tokyo (Toranomon Station)

As one of the newer stops on the Ginza line, Toranomon station may not be a familiar name to many travellers, but it should be. It is home to the Toranomon Hills Mori Tower, which houses the luxurious Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, a part of the Hyatt hotel family. For visitors who don't mind spending an extra dollar or two, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills has a variety of restaurants and bars, including a stunning rooftop bar which overlooks Tokyo's Minato-ku and Tokyo Tower. With comfortable couch seating and delicious cocktails, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills promises celebrity treatment for all guests.

4. Prefecture-hop at prefecture antenna shops (Nihonbashi/Mitsukoshimae Station)

You don't need to leave Tokyo to get a taste of everything that Japan's other prefectures have to offer! Concentrated mainly in the Nihonbashi area, near Tokyo Ginza Nihonbashi and Mitsukoshimae station, are a variety of prefecture antenna shops. These shops allow visitors to Tokyo to experience other prefectures' goods and delicacies without having to step foot out of Tokyo.

Prefectures with antenna shops in Nihonbashi include and are not limited to Toyama, Nara and Shimane prefecture. Featured in the picture above is Mie prefecture's "Mie Terrace." Mie prefecture is home to Shinto Ise Grand Shrine, where the 2016 G7 summit was held. Mie Terrace is accessible directly from either Nihonbashi or Mitsukoshimae station, and features the best of what the prefecture has to offer.

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