The Ginza City District

The Ginza City District

Ginza is a popular city district in Japan. It can be compared to the Golden Rectangle in Milan or Fifth Avenue in New York. Definitely a place that no visitor to Tokyo bypasses. The name Ginza comes from the word ’’gina’’ which means silver, because the mint of silver was founded in this area in 1612, during the Edo period.

The modern Ginza was built in 1872 when, after a devastating fire, the neighborhood was completely renovated. The main designer of the new project was the Irish architect Thomas Waters. However, with the later restoration most of these European style buildings have disappeared, but some of the older buildings are still present, such as the building housing the Wakō department store as well as the clock tower. The Ginza stretches from the promenade, more precisely from the Sinibashi Bridge to the Kyōbashi Bridge in the southwest, part of the special district of Chūō.

The wide avenues full of top shops make up the cosmopolitan spirit of Tokyo. Ginza is a place where the shops of the most prestigious world brands are located. What we definitely advise you is Kabuki Za Theater - opened in 1889, and performances are held daily. Here you can get an audio guide in several world languages ​​and we advise you to take some time for this attraction. Also pay attention to Ginza Wako - a shopping center with a huge clock.

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