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  • Tokyo International Forum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 3-5-1
    A multipurpose public culture facility with eight halls of various sizes as well as 34 meeting rooms. The facility frequently hosts cultural events that help share with the world the unique charms of Japan. The airy Glass Building hall, walled in by huge glass panels, has been awarded three Michelin stars, and is a popular tourist spot in and of itself. The entire facility is decorated with works of art, and visitors can come and enjoy the building like an art museum.
  • Ginza Mitsukoshi
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 4-6-16
    With its roots in the Echigoya dry-goods store founded in 1673 this opened as the flagship store for department store Mitsukoshi in 1930. With 16 floors altogether including four basement floors and 12 floors above ground, it features a diverse range of shops including more than 200 ladies’ fashion brands and the largest cosmetics floor in the Ginza area, as well as specialty shops carrying men’s items, foodstuffs, and sweets. The restaurant floor is also popular for allowing diners to enjoy a wide range of cuisines including Japanese, Western, Chinese and ethnic dishes. It is directly accessible from Tokyo Metro’s Ginza Station.
  • Takashimaya Nihombashi Store
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Nihombashi 2-4-1
    This long-established department store founded in 1831 in Kyoto began by selling secondhand clothing and cotton goods, and opened its Tokyo store in 1900. After that it relocated to a new building in Nihombashi in 1933, which is the present location. The store features a full range of fashion, interior goods, gourmet foods, and restaurants. In particular, the Takashimaya Watch Maison timepiece corner spanning the first and second floors handles more than 80 brands and boasts the world’s largest assortment. The building which still retains its appearance from the early Showa period is the first department store that has been designated an Important Cultural Property. The closest station is Nihombashi Station.
  • Daimaru Tokyo Store
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 1-9-1
    Occupying the space from the first basement floor to the thirteenth floor of the skyscraper Gran Tokyo North Tower at Tokyo Station’s Yaesu Exit, this is a long-established department store that originated in Japan’s Kinki region. It is a popular shopping spot for nearby office workers and tourists alike with a convenient location directly connected to the station. In addition to the diverse array of shops offering fashion and lifestyle goods, there are gourmet restaurants and even a Tokyu Hands branch. The sixth floor zone known as Lib Tokyo is particularly garnering attention for its fusion of merchandise, a cafe and books.
  • Imperial Theatre
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 3-1-1
    With construction completed during the Meiji period in 1911, it was Japan’s first Western-style drama theater. Productions often put on stage at the theatre include musicals, plays and orchestras. It is also said to be a sacred place for theatrical plays. It has a stately structure where history and formality can be felt with its stained glass, lobby which glitters with illuminated decor and a large staircase which leads to its second-floor guest seating area. At the central shop on the first floor, opera glasses can be borrowed for a fee.
  • Shinbashi Enbujo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 6-18-2
    This theater in the Ginza district of Tokyo's Chuo City was built in 1925. Constructed as a place to showcase the arts of Shinbashi geisha, it is now used to stage a variety of programs with a focus on kabuki, shinpa (new drama) and shin-kigeki (a new comedy troupe). The Shinbashi geisha's Azuma Odori, which is held every year for four days in May, is popular as a spring tradition in Tokyo in which guests can catch a glimpse of the culture in Japan's traditional pleasure quarters which are normally off-limits to first-timers. There are bento meals boxes to enjoy the tradition of the Shinbashi pleasure quarters and a complete cafeteria menu inside the theater.
  • Kabukiza Theatre
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 4-12-15
    This theater located in the Ginza area of Tokyo's Chuo City is dedicated solely to kabuki. The current building is the fifth iteration of the Kabuki-za, having undergone reconstruction and remodeling in accordance with destruction by fire, repairs, and changing eras since it opened in 1889. In addition to the many types of seats from the first floor box seats to the third floor seats, on the fourth floor are the popular “hito-maku miseki,” special seats that allow people to see any one act of a kabuki play. The building's Japanese-style exterior with its tiled roof and balustrades makes for a splendid balance with the Kabukiza Tower that stands behind it and the Ginza streetscapes. In the basement is the Kobikicho Plaza with souvenir shops and restaurants.
  • Caretta Shiodome
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Minato-ku Higashishimbashi 1-8-2
    This is a commercial complex in Higashi Shimbashi, Minato City, Tokyo, which opened in 2002, housing nearly 60 shops and restaurants, as well as Japan’s first advertising museum and the Dentsu Shiki Theatre, UMI. The observation spaces and restaurants on the 46th and 47th floors are popular spots where you can see a view of Tokyo from the height of about 200 meters. There are many eating and drinking establishments, with a variety ranging from Izakaya (Japanese style pubs) to fashionable authentic restaurants. The largest event of the facility is the illumination display in winter, and many visitors come every year.
  • Marunouchi Building
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 2-4-1
    The Maru Building has assembled a large variety of over 140 international and domestic shops and restaurants in this landmark building. The premium zone restaurants on the 35th and 36th floors offer a fine dining experience.
  • COREDO Muromachi
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Nihombashimuromachi 2-2-1
    A commercial facility opened on the lower floors of the Muromachi Higashi Mitsui Building in the Nihonbashi area of Chuo City, Tokyo in 2010. In 2014, the adjoining COREDO Muromachi 2 and COREDO Muromachi 3 facilities were opened, creating one of the largest shopping centers in the Nihonbashi area. Inside, the facility hosts a variety of highly distinctive shops focusing on the concept of Japan and Edo, including high class fashion and lifestyle-themed stores and restaurants serving carefully crafted and prepared foods. COREDO is also home to Nihonbashi’s first cinema complex.
  • Matsuya Ginza
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 3-6-1
    This is a department store located in the Ginza district of Tokyo’s Chuo City whose roots lie in the Tsuruya Gofuku store that was started in Yokohama in 1869. The exterior walls that switched over to all LED-lighting in September 2006 have made the store become a new landmark among Ginza’s night scenery. The store is home to world famous brands such as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, as well as select shops carrying high quality items. The food merchandise area that spans two full floors is bustling with visitors returning from work or shopping.
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 2-7-2
    This mixed-use complex that opened in 2013 was built on the site of the former Tokyo Central Post Office, just in front of JR Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi South Exit. Inside the 7-story facility that includes six floors above ground and a basement floor is a gourmet food zone and restaurant area that has accumulated delicious tastes from regions all over Japan, as well as fashionable high-end shops with the themes of Japanese aesthetics and authentic clothing for adult females. The artistic interior decor and view from the roof-top garden are a must.
  • Shin-Maru Building
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 1-5-1
    The official name of this skyscraper located in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo’s Chiyoda City is Shin-Marunouchi Building. Floors nine through 37 are an office zone that is home to the offices of numerous well-known Japanese and foreign companies. In the commercial zone occupying the area from the first basement floor to the seventh floor are approximately 150 shops full of luxury and uniqueness, spanning fashion, cosmetics, miscellaneous goods, boutique foods, and proper restaurants. The interior of the facility has an open space and relaxed ambience with plenty of sofas and benches, allowing visitors to enjoy a long period of shopping without any stress.
  • Tokyo Takarazuka Theater
    95 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Yurakuchou 1-1-3
    Located in the Yurakucho district of Tokyo’s Chiyoda City, this theater opened in 1934 and is the Tokyo headquarters of the Takarazuka Revue theater company. It is equipped with the same type of stage equipment as the Takarazuka Grand Theater in Kansai, and the large staircase on the stage is known for being a symbol of Takarazuka. Musical performances with a live orchestra are possible and the seats have a staggered array that enables spectators to view the stage easily regardless of where they are seated. In the entrance is a luxurious red carpet, making this a spot where fans can enjoy the splendid world of Takarazuka to their heart’s content.

    The review performance and precision is unbelievable. If you thought the Rockets were good.... you have to see this program. Although not speaking Japanese we did not fully understand the dialogue...

  • Meijiza
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Nihombashihamachou 2-31-1
    Located just nearby the A2 exit of Hamacho Station, this is a playhouse that has been well-loved since it was established in 1873. Widely known as a hall for kabuki and shinpa (new drama), it is now host to a variety of performances including kayo concerts, contemporary drama, and musicals. The modern exterior of the Hamacho Center Building accommodates the internal appearance that retains the influence of Japanese-style architecture, and inside are a number of facilities such as a café, lounge, and long-established wagashi (Japanese sweets) shop that visitors can enjoy during the intermission. The Meijiza traditional taste of the Maku-no-uchi bento is the real pleasure of going to this theater.
  • Hibiya Chanter
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Yurakuchou 1-2-2
    A shopping center located a six minute walk from Tokyo Metro /JR Yurakucho Station. Surrounded by hotels and performance art and movie theaters, the facility bustles with people in search of fashion and art. Many of the center's shops are quieter, more low-key establishments. In addition to floors dedicated to apparel, lifestyle goods, beauty, and restaurants, there is also a three-screen movie theater in the facility's annex. Outside, Nemu-no-hiroba is a popular meeting spot which hosts a miniature statue of Godzilla and whose walkway is embedded with plates featuring casts of Japanese moviestars handprints.
  • Tokyu Plaza Ginza
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 5-2-1
    This commercial facility facing Ginza’s Sukiyabashi intersection opened as a new Ginza landmark in 2016. It has a distinctive exterior based on a motif of Edo-kiriko (a type of faceted glass from Edo that is a traditional craft), and even features a comfortable lounge in which guests are free to relax as well as a rooftop terrace. Inside the building are a diverse collection of restaurants and shops including miscellaneous goods and duty-free shops based around fashion. HINKA RINKA, a fashion select store targeting adult women, occupies floors three to five and is quite popular. The basement floor is directly connected to Ginza Station.
  • Nissay Theatre
    32 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Yurakuchou 1-1-1
    A theater built to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Nippon Life Insurance Company. The building is an outstanding example of Showa period architecture and visiting to view it alone can be worth the trip. A great number of performances are held here sponsored by major theater companies such as Toho and Shochiku. The theater also sponsors events such as the Nissay Masterpiece Series of free theater productions for children and youths, the Nissay Family Festival designed to be fun for parents and children, and the Nissay Opera program of authentic opera, and in turn the theater has become a true center for the performing arts.

    I watched a Japanese theatrical adaptation of "Marius" and "Fanny" with my wife at the Nissay Theater in Ginza.They have managed to pull off a decent stage. The building is quite old, but clean. I...

  • Suitengu Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Nihombashikakigarachou 2-4-1
    Suitengu Shrine is a branch shrine of the Kurume Suitengu Shrine in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, and is well known for a place to seek easy childbirth and offer prayers for children. It began when the Arima family of the Kurume Domain established it as a branch on the grounds of their Edo land out of reverence to the Kurume Suitengu Shrine. The shrine is bustling with visitors offering prayers for easy childbirth and children, and on the premises are statues including one of a dog with its litter that presides over a 12-year Chinese zodiac for visitors to touch, and a parent-and-child set of kappa (mythical water-dwelling creatures). The cute ema (votive picture tablets) featuring a dog and its puppies is also popular. A festival is held each year on May 5th.
  • Koami Shrine
    113 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Nihombashikoamichou 16-23
    A Shinto shrine located in Nihombashikoami-cho, Chuo City, Tokyo. Dedicated to Inari, the fox god, the shrine has long been known for providing good luck and protection from misfortune. There is a well on the shrine grounds named the Zeniarai no I and popularly known as the Tokyo Zeniarai Benten (money washing well and Tokyo money washing Benten, respectively) which is believed to grant financial luck to those who purify money in its waters; there's also a figure of the tall-headed god Fukurokuju said to reward worshipers with virtue.

    This shrine is available in a very small corner under a big bridge, very close to the stock exchange of Tokyo, just a very small monument to see in 2 minutes, very small but very nice to see, you can...

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