Monday, February 07, 2011
Ginza is an area of Tokyo just south of Tokyo Station. For well over a century it has been associated with commercial elegance and opulence. It is home to a handful of the grandest of Tokyo's department stores, and to a huge number of fashion boutiques representing the best known international haute couture labels. It also has Tokyo's biggest concentration of art galleries.
On Sundays, Chuo-dori Avenue, the main street running through Ginza, is closed to traffic. It makes a pedestrian paradise of Ginza, and for one of Tokyo's best people watching opportunities - a large number of them tourists from China. The side streets off Chuo-dori are generally elegant, especially west of Chuo-dori, as typified by Yanagi-dori, or Willow Road, pictured above.
Read more about Ginza shopping.
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