Japan's answer to Park Avenue, Ginza is the country's most upscale shopping district, with flagship stores for Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany. Ginza is best enjoyed on weekends when the district's main street is converted into a pedestrian mall and street entertainers perform. Ginza is close to the Tsukiji district, home to the world's largest seafood auction, where visitors can watch restaurateurs competing to score the best fish.
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Getting Around Tokyo
The best way to get around Tokyo is by subway or train. The system is incredibly efficient. The only downside to the subway and train system is that it shuts down nightly between midnight and 1 a.m. and doesn't start again until 5 or 6 a.m. Be careful when staying out late as Japan's subways and trains are known to stop half-way through their routes, leaving travelers stranded and facing an expensive cab ride. Check to see if you qualify for a Japan Rail Pass (http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html) before you depart for Japan. There are two classes: "Green" and "Ordinary" (Green indicates a first-class experience). Passes can be purchased for 7, 14, and 21 days.
Nearby Airports
  • Narita International Airport-NRT
  • Haneda International Airport-HND
Airport Taxis
  • $200 from Narita International Airport
  • $30 from Haneda International Airport
Things to Do and See Near Ginza