Ginza to Ebisu

Ginza

Just a ten minute walk takes you to Ginza district, one of the most famous shopping areas of the world. “It is still the place to go and be seen emptying the contents of a bulging wallet. Even if you are on a tight budget, Ginza is aninteresting area in which to browse–the galleries are usually free and there are lots of discount coffee shops.” –Japan, Lonely Planet

There are also a few movie theatres in the area if you`d care to see the latest movies. You can also watch Japan`s famous Kabuki theatre at Kabuku-zain Ginza. There are usually headphones available so you can hear what is going on in English while watching the action on stage.

Kabuki-za Tel. 03-5565-6000

Tokyo Hotel — Tsukiji Fish Market

“The long, cold trip to Tokyo came to an end for tuna number 197 with a thud, a bonk, and one last cavernous clunk as the huge fish toppled off the truck and skittered across the slippery concrete floor. Two, maybe three days earlier, this torpedo-shaped bluefin had been searching for its supper in chilly waters off Boston.”

–The Great Tokyo Fish Market Tsukiji, National Geographic Vol 188, No. 5 T.R. Reid

Tsukiji is by far the largest fish market in the world. It ranks at the top of every measurable category. You should try to get there after 7AM but before 10AM. It is an interesting place to go to watch the action. Be careful though of the delivery carts that go speeding around the market.

Tokyo Hotel — Ebisu

Ebisu is a staion on the Yamanote Line. It is a pleasant, Western looking area and good for strolling around. There are some good restaurants and shops in the area.

Ebisu Garden Place(Tel. 5423-7111) is very picturesque and can be reached easily from Ebisu Station. It is a romantic spot at night that is all lit up. There is a very nice French restaurant at the end of the square and the Beer Museum Yebisu which is open from 10AM-6PM and gives free admission. You can sample the various Sapporo Beers. There are many restaurants and cafes in Ebisu Garden Place and some are up on the 38th and 39th floors of Ebisu Garden Place Tower. They offer excellent views of the city.

There are some cute or interesting cafes around Ebisu Station and some British style pubs in the area that are worth checking out. Have fun walking the streets and taking in the ambiance. Ebisu reminds me of Europe.

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