My recommendation of Ginza is to walk the main street during daytime. Due to the reflection of light, you can take good photos there. A good starting point is Ito-ya, a stationery store located near Ginza 2 chome area, from where you can walk through the main street to Shiseido building near Ginza 7 chome area.

1. Ito-ya

Ito-ya has been operating as a stationary store since 1904 and provides various kinds of cards and notebooks. When I visited Ito-ya, they had a special space to sell TAKEO MIHONCHO, a product of a traditional paper company. Periodically, Ito-ya features special stationery companies.

Ito-ya building

Ito-ya building

TAKEO MIHONCHO’s notebook

TAKEO MIHONCHO’s notebook

I ordered my name card at Ito-ya.

Keiko Kanto's name card

Name Card

2. Kyobunkan  book store

Towards the middle of the main street, there is Wako, a traditional department store and Mikimoto, a pearl shop near Ginza 4 chome area.

Ginza Wako's building

Ginza Wako

Ginza Wako's building

Ginza Wako

My favorite book store is Kyobun-kan, which is located near Wako. Kyobun-kan is selling noncommercialized children’s book and English books too.

There is a cafe on the 4th floor, serving hand-made sweets with a nice view of Ginza.

Kyobunkan Cafe’s sweets

Kyobunkan Cafe’s sweets

Scenery from Kyobunkan's Cafe

Scenery from Kyobunkan’s Cafe

Kyobunkan building was constructed in 1933 with an Art Deco design.

Stairs in Kyobunkan building

Stairs in Kyobunkan building

You can also take small narrow streets from the main street. There are traditional sword shops and Kimono shops too.

Sword and Kimono shops in Ginza

Sword and Kimono shops

Navy house in Ginza

Navy house

 

At the end of the main Ginza street, you can seeShiseido building.

Shiseido building

Shiseido building