Tokyo Ginza, Japan
Ginza is Tokyo's shopping and fashion heart in midst shiny skyscrapers. Aside from the big brands you can also find tranquil hide-aways:
- Toriba Coffee: This shop and roastery offers a choice between two coffee blends. They only serve drip coffee for a quick caffeine fix plus this is not a sit-down café.
- The strawberry cake from Ginza: A sponge cake filled with strawberry and custard cream. If not for yourself this makes a good gift to bring home if bought on your last days (expiry date!).
- Ginza Noodles: To my surprise it is easier to come across a noodle restaurant than a sushi restaurant. Upon entering you first pay and select the noodle soup on a vending machine at the entrance. Then hand the receipt to the staff, take your seat and enjoy.
- Hibiya Park: is known as Japan's first Western style public park. Hibiya Park has two large flower gardens with tulips and roses and a large pond with a water fountain.
- Hie Jinja Shrine: This shrine is located in the middle of the financial and governmental district tucked away on a small hill. You can access either via the steps through the torii gates or take the escalator(!). An unbelievably serene and quiet experience.
- Uniqlo Ginza: Ginza is also home to the Uniqlo flagship store: 12 floors, 5.000 square meters - their biggest store worldwide.
WHERE TO STAY
- Park Hotel Tokyo: located in the business district in Minato, Park Hotel Tokyo is located in a 10 storey atrium (floors 25 until 34), boasting stunning views of the Tokyo Tower. An easy transition arriving into Japan: for breakfast you can choose between Japanese and Western style breakfast. The bathroom and spa offer THANN products- treat yourself to a massage while you are there.