Route planning in Japan can be pretty simple. Typically it involves 3 steps: Planning your route, taking the right exit from the station, and getting to your final destination once you’re outside. Ginza is on a popular destination in Tokyo and offers high-end shopping, art galleries, great dining options and interesting architecture.
STEP 1 – ROUTE OPTIONS
Taking the train to Ginza is usually the best option, because there are many possible routes. Your final station will be Ginza Station.
Ginza Station is only served by Tokyo Metro trains, so you will have to make a transfer if you use JR trains.
One way to select the best route is to find the station below that is closest to you, navigate to it, then follow the suggested route to Ginza.
From Shibuya Station
Take the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (orange line) 8 stops to Ginza Station.
For JR, take the Yamanote line (green line) from Shibuya to Shinbashi Station (8 stops). Transfer to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (orange line). Take the Ginza Line to Ginza Station (1 stop).
From Tokyo Station
Take the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (red line) to Ginza Station (1 stop).
For JR, take the Yamanote line (green line) from Tokyo Station to Shinbashi Station (2 stops). Transfer to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (orange line). Take the Ginza Line to Ginza Station (1 stop).
From Ueno Station
Take the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to Ginza Station (7 stops).
For JR, take the Yamanote line (green line) from Ueno to Shinbashi Station (6 stops). Transfer to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (orange line). Take the Ginza Line to Ginza Station (1 stop).
STEP 2 – STATION EXIT
Ginza Station has many exits that will put you into the Ginza shopping district. A great exit to start with is A7 (also known as the Ginza 4 Chome Crossing exit).
STEP 3 – OUTSIDE THE STATION
Exit A7 puts you at one of the main intersections in Ginza and right across from the famous Wako Clock Building. From there, walk south. You will pass many high-end clothing designers’ flagship stores, Ginza Six shopping mall, modern stationery store G.Itoya, and the famous two-story Hakuhinkan Toy Park toy store (to name a few).
- Location: Chuo, in central Tokyo.
- History: Ginza is a very old section of Tokyo and was once the location of silver mines run by samurai.
- Trip duration: Plan at least a half day to walk Chuo Dori. Plan a full day if you also plan to shop and eat.
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