Ginza, Nihonbashi, Kyobashi and Marunouchi, the best areas to stay in Tokyo
Shopaholics will be in heaven when you come to this central area, which is incredibly fascinating and is recognised as one of the most luxurious shopping neighbourhoods on the planet. Some of the biggest brands and names like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Chanel have their flagship stores located in the vicinity. The Wako (oldest building in the area) and Mitsukoshi department centres have a huge range of shops between them, where you can buy all sorts of items and there is also the Sony Building, which is open to the public and showcases the latest Sony technology. As well as the shops there are also theatres, galleries, restaurants and bars to choose from Ginza is in walking distance of Hama Rikyu Garden, the Fish Market and is just a stop away from Tokyo Tower. The Kabukiza Theatre is certainly worth checking out too as it is one of the most famous theatres in Tokyo, though for the wrong reasons as it has been destroyed by multiple earthquakes, wars and fires since 1889. However, it has been remodelled on the original building and has performances every night.
This neighbourhood has grown from the bridge, of the same name, since the 17th century, and is now one of the main business and shopping districts in the city. The bridge itself is a tourist attraction along with the Bridgestone Museum of Art, which encompasses work from local and regional artists. Companies like TDK, Bank of Japan, IBM, HSBC, Tokyo Stock Exchange and others are all found here as well as various department stores and hotels. Nihonbashi is also home to the central train station in Tokyo and therefore has excellent connections across the city, the airports and even transportation to other parts of Japan.
Nestled between Ginza and Nihonbashi is Kyobashi, which is a relatively small area that is generally older than the other two neighbourhoods. It gets its name from the bridge that was once here, which connected the area with Ginza until 1959 but the river was filled and the bridge removed. Today, the district has many wonderful hotels to select from as well as some of the best restaurants in the city and of course including sushi, Chinese and many other Asian Cuisines.
The neighbourhood of Marunouchi is between Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, which offers excellent views over the palace’s gardens and park. The Emperor of Japan and family live in the palace and the public can look around part of it as well as the museum. If you come here on 23rd December or January 2nd, then you will be treated to a public ceremony where the gates are opened and the Emperor makes his appearance and says a speech. Being so close to the palace, the area is a huge crowd puller and the district is mainly dominated by high rise buildings with some of the best hotels in Japan being here. Another tourist attraction is the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Art Museum and has only recently opened, which mainly focuses on Western art from the 19th century.