Ginza is often neglected by visitors who prefer livelier and younger areas such as Shinjuku and Shibuya. Nevertheless, I think Ginza still has its charms, and I found out that it may be the place that feels the most like Christmas in Tokyo.
Christmas lights are everywhere but mostly discrete. Luxury stores impress with their Christmas displays : for a second I almost felt like I was on 5th avenue, hoping that someday I can afford to buy my Christmas presents at Chanel or Cartier.
Getting off at Yurakucho station, there’s an interesting mix of a somewhat 70’s looking department store (with somewhat 70’s looking lights) and modern, beautiful Marui (OIOI) and LUMINE stores.
I always love to stop by the Sanrio shop. Unlike other Sanrio stores, it features some unique collaboration items, including very expensive clothing and jewelry !
Yes, this is a $7000 Hello Kitty covered with crystals.
Nearby is a famous lottery ticket shop which apparently is a lucky place. Now is the big lottery time in Japan, so people were lining up to buy tickets from this lucky store. I’m not too sure how your chances of winning could be higher if you buy in this specific shop, but oh well…
Streets are less busy than Shinjuku or Shibuya, which makes it more relaxing.
The most impressive street is certainly Chuo-dori.
There was a special event at Mitsukoshi department store. A small illuminated “garden” on the roof with live singers. There was also a small “Christmas market” and a carousel for children.
The spotlights were so strong that the singers probably turned blind by the end of the concert.
More impressive luxury stores with animated projections.
Matsuya Ginza had a huge Christmas wreath inside, as well as some nice gift ideas… if you can afford a Lexus !
And back to Yurakucho station !