If you have been to Tokyo before, a day trip around Ginza area would give you a different perspective of Tokyo. but Shiodome to Ginza area won’t be the first places I recommend tourists for their first time trip to Tokyo, if you stay in Tokyo for less than 5 days, skip both areas, since you have so many other choices to experience Japanese culture than either of them.
Ginza is one of the most expensive real estate in Japan, it’s a street lined with international brand stores, expensive, luxurious and fashionable are the words for Ginza. And Shiodome, an area of skyscrapers, housing the headquarters of well-know company like Softbank and Nihon terebi tawā, if you like city photography or you are a Miyazaki Hayao fan, make sure you include Shiodome on your travel list.
Below I will give some quick guide to Shiodome, Ginza, Hibiya Koen and Yurakucho.
One Day Trip Tips – My Demo Tour.
- 6:00 a.m. Arrive at Tsukiji Fish Market, we enjoy a great breakfast of fresh seafood sushi and gyudon(Japanese dish consisting of a bowl of rice topped with beef and onion).
- 10:00a.m. Take a 7 minute walk to Shiodome, shop in Caretta and take the glass elevator to the top 47 floors , the windows on top allow us to overlook the beauty of Tokyo city view,and the best thing is that it’s free. Then take a walk to Nihon Terebi Headquarters to watch the Hayao Miyazaki’s Nittele clock outside of the third floor of the building, the giant copper clock is just a dream scene straight out of Ghibli Studio’s movie, there are 3 animation shows a day, while music starts, the robots in the clock start to work and pull coals to run the gear wheel.
- 12:00 Take a 3 minute walk to Ginza. Ginza is among the most western-oriented zones in Japan, walking on the upmarket shopping area with high class brands like Armani, Louis Vuitton and Prada, then dining in one of the western restaurants, an afternoon strolling on Chuo-Dori will give you a peek at the influence of foreign trends in Japan. Don’t forget to try some anpan recipe at Kimuraya bakery, a Japanese famous sweet roll filled with red bean paste.
- 15:00 Take a 10 minute walk to Yurakucho. There are lots of nice restaurants with good price, and if you are interested in the show in Takarazuka Revue, a Broadway-style musical in Japanese, and all roles are played by women, get your ticket in advance, and enjoy the show, but you better check on the youtube to see if you like the Takarazuka Revue style of musicals.
Eat in Ginza and Yurakucho
- Tsukiji Fish Market. Combine Tsukiji Fish Market with your Ginza tour, they are quite nearby, the fresh seafood and sushi are must eat when visiting Tokyo. I have written another post all about Tsukiji Fish Market.
- Renga-tei. Renga-tei served traditional fare since 1895, it’s believed to be the first in Japan to serve Omelet Rice since Meiji era, but the recipe is different from nowadays omelet rice, other popular dishes like pork cutlets is recommended.
- お多幸本店（おでん）. Japanese winter dish consisting of several ingredients such as boiled eggs, daikon, konjac, and processedfishcakes stewed in a light, soy-flavoured dashi broth. Ingredients vary according to region and between each household. Karashi is often used as a condiment.
- Anpan at Kimuraya bakery. Anpan is Japanese sweet roll, and the most popular flavor is red bean paste. Kimuraya bakery in Ginza is the birthplace of anpan, make sure you try some of their famous anpan to live like a local.
在I have opened a new post to show you Ginza, Yurakucho and Hibiya.
Renga-tei’s popular dish, Omelet Rice
Anpan( Japanese sweet roll filled with red bean paste) at Kimuraya bakery