For a truly authentic Chinese dining experience, a night brimming with the continent’s 4000 years of civilization, leave it to our Concierge for unforgettable recommendations; below, we have selected Ginza’s absolute best of Chinese restaurants for you to enjoy.
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~Chinese by a Japanese, for the Japanese; a Popular Female Chef’s Answer~
Chef Misato Igarashi; one of today’s most popular female chefs, and a renowned leader of the next generation of Chinese cuisine. Chinese Dining Miyu Ginza is this media-savvy newcomer’s home ground, with a special focus on the philosophy of ‘cuisine as a medicinal source’. With themes in ‘using many vegetables’, ‘maximizing the ingredients’ flavors’, and ‘creating dishes that reflect the season’, chef Igarashi concocts an original, Japanese-Chinese menu. Her dishes, spanning the various culinary boundaries of Canton, Sichuan, Shanghai, and Beijing, are characterized by a natural and delicate flavoring that the body absorbs with joy. From the specialite, ‘Orient Clam Noodles’ to meats and greens, the kitchen produces concoctions out of organic and local ingredients, unorthodox but delicious creations that offer a modern reinterpretation of an ancient art. Enjoy chef Igarashi’s world in 4 courses as well as an a la carte, with over 50 items and 25 selected wines to pair. The elegant interior, with counter and table seating in addition to a 12-seat semi private room, makes Miyu a perfect location for private and business alike. The menu, from simple noodles to gorgeous course, adds further flexibility; whether for quick lunch or sit-down with drinks, Miyu Ginza is a can’t miss.
・Address: 7F, EXITMELSA, 5-7-10, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
・Hours: Lunch:【Weekday】11:00~15:00 (L.O. 13:30/ Course, 14:00/ A la carte) Dinner:【Weekday】17:00~23:00 (L.O. 22:00)
Lunch/Dinner【Saturday・Sunday・Holiday】11:00~22:00 (L.O. 21:00)
・Directions: 2-minute walk from Exit A2 of Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line
2-minute walk from Exit A2 of Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line
~Cantonese with Japanese Ingredients; Taking ‘Medicinal Cuisine’ to the Next Level~
Chef Hikoaki Tan, the renowned owner of Akasaka Rikyu, remains a coveted culinary school professor as well as a frequent television figure even after handing the reins of his flagship restaurant’s kitchen to his son Sawaaki. The Ginza branch of the decorated Chinese franchise, opened in 2005, resides in the heart of Ginza with pride. Serving Cantonese cuisine, Akasaka Rikyu focuses not only on the flavorful continental ingredients, but also that of Japan’s transient seasons; with umami-laden yet light tastes incorporated, the kitchen creates sensationally deep yet subtle layers of flavor with a minimalistic approach to seasoning with spices ad oils. The specialties, from the grill, as well as shark fin and other seafood delicacies, are classic Cantonese essentials that are as timeless as they are great. The dim-sum pieces, made fresh every day, are exquisite bits that show a tireless dedication to food. The interior, an ornate mature-feeling hall with 7 private rooms, gives guests plenty of choices and a flexibility for occasion. The extensive wine list, over 100 labels strong, adds further depth to this restaurant with delicate mariages with the ancient Cantonese arts.
・Address: 6-8-7, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
・Hours: Lunch: Lunch: 【Monday~Friday】11:30~15:00 (L.O.) 【Saturday・Sunday・Holiday】11:30~16:00 (L.O.) Dinner: 【Monday~Friday】17:30~22:00 (L.O.) 【Saturday・Sunday・Holiday】16:00~20:30 (L.O.)
・Directions: 3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Ginza Station Exit A2
3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line Ginza Station Exit A2
~Chinese Cuisine in the Heart of ‘The Peninsula Tokyo’~
Hei Fung Terrace, on the 2nd floor of Hibiya’s ‘The Peninsula Tokyo’, offers beautiful views of greenery-rich Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park. The delicious menu of Cantonese cuisine, concocted with the fruits of Japan’s beautiful seasons, adds the perfect spice to such natural gifts. Head Chef Dickey To, a veteran of starred restaurants and hotels in Hong Kong, Canton, and Shanghai in addition to being former head chef of ‘The Peninsula Shanghai’ Chinese restaurant Yi Long Court, offers a unique approach to Chinese; while inheriting Cantonese essences, chef To has adapted his dishes to the delicate tastes of Japanese consumers, using a variety of local ingredients. Whilst importing critical Chinese ingredients from abroad, the chef selects luxurious ingredients from across Japan to adorn his creations, with courses of wagyu and abalone written alongside lunch-limited dim-sum pieces created by a Hong-Kongnese fellow. The season’s best fruits are accompanied by a top-notch list of wines and Chinese liquors, with non-alcohol cocktails and teas rounding out the extensive menu. Guests can order both course and a la carte; Hei Fung’s flexibility makes it, with its spacious 118-seat hall, a perfect location for almost any use. Designed with Chinese gardens in mind, the main hall is accented by 3 different private rooms, and a chef’s table offering entertaining views of the kitchen’s flames and wonders. From private to formal, Hei Fung Terrace is sure to have a seat for your every need.
・Address: 1-8-1, Yuurakutyou, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
・Hours: Lunch: 11:30~14:30 (L.O. 14:30)【Monday~Friday】、11:00~14:30 (L.O. 14:30)【Weekend・Holiday】 Afternoon closure: 14:00~16:30 (L.O. 15:30)【Monday~Friday】、Dinner: 18:00~22:00 (L.O. 22:00)
・Directions: Direct from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Hibiya Station Exit A6/A7
Direct from Toei Mita Line Hibiya Station Exit A6/A7
~Unique, Original, Outside-The-Box Shanghainese Cuisine~
Renge, a much loved destination, retains a boatload of regulars despite moving from Shinjuku to crosstown Ginza. 5 minutes from Ginza station, it resides in the midst of Japan’ most competitive restaurant district, and does so with pride; the Shanghainese cuisine establishment is regular destination even for chefs, including chef Narisawa of Minami-Aoyama French NARISAWA, one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. The coveted kitchen offers Shanghai-style Chinese infused with essences of both Western and Japanese cuisines, creating dishes that are uniquely ‘Renge’ in taste. Worth mention is Sichuan-style steamed chicken; the exquisite balance of soft poultry and stimulus-rich sauce is extraordinary to say the least, and keeps even regulars coming for more. The seasonal chef’s menus are also a joy to taste, with a full lineup of the chef’s original Shanghainese masterpieces. The interior, wood-based and warm, offers a relaxed mood useful for a variety of occasions; for dates, the counter gives couples a livelier sense, while for casual receptions the semi-private rooms would be more calm and fitting. With tables set with roomy comfort, Renge’s hall welcomes all for a joyful eve of dining.
・Address: 7-4-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
・Directions: 5 minutes walk from Ginza Station (Exit B6), Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
~Chef Chouyou, Sichuan-Cuisine’s Guiding Light, Offers an Authentic and Joyful Experience~
Chinese cuisine is known for having a variety of quite different styles. One of the best known, especially for its spicy-hot delicacies, is the Sichuan-style; Chouyou, one of Ginza’s best regarding Sichuan, is the kitchen of Chef Chouyou himself. The chef was one of the first to popularize the Sichuan tastes in Japan, a towering figure in culinary lore. Chouyou’s kitchen offers unique Sichuan dishes, using select ingredients and seasoned technique to realize an extraordinary depth underneath the stimulating first impressions. The chef himself regularly visits the continent to import ingredients and, critically, spices, from longtime sources; Chouyou’s incredible Sichuan creations are the fruits of such relations, which allow the kitchen to use the best of ancient origins to recreate an authentic culinary experience. Additionally, Chouyou’s celebrity chef himself often visits tables to chat; a tradition and dedication to heartful hospitality is the popular destination’s source of continued evolution. In keeping with its longtime presence, the restaurant comes complete with rare aged bottles of Chinese liquor, a can’t miss partner to the rich Sichuan dishes of Chouyou’s kitchen. The interior, although simple, boasts a 4-seat semi private room and a 10-seat private room, great for fun with friends and more; however, given the convenient location just a few minutes from bustling Shimbashi station, and the popularity of the establishment restaurant, one would be well advised to reserve well in advance.
・Address: 1-5-5, Sinbasi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
・Hours: 17:30~21:30 (L.O. 20:00) Saturdays：17:30~21:00 (L.O. 19:00)
・Directions: 30-second walk from Shimbashi station (Exit 3), Ginza Line
2- minute walk from Shimbashi station (Ginza Exit), JR Yamanote Line
~Even the Gourmands Bow; A Reservations-Only Haute Cantonese~
Chinese Takase is a hidden-gem-like restaurant; located in a very-ordinary corner of Ginza, however chef Kenichi Takase is far from ordinary. As a constant seeker of Hong-Kong and Cantonese culinary secrets, chef Takase is a revered guiding figure of Cantonese cuisine, the original head chef of ‘Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’ Cantonese Restaurant Sense, and owner of his own Cantonese en KEN TAKASE inside the Tokyo Station Hotel. At his Ginza restaurant, chef Takase delivers a Chinese menu based on the ancient philosophy of a ‘medicinal cuisine’. Using Japan’s highest in ingredients, from seafoods and more, the kitchen concocts 10 different seasonal chef’s courses; infusing both Cantonese techniques and Japanese tastes, Takase gives life to a unique and dynamic Cantonese offering. The specialite, a soup of Jinhua ham made without condiments, and the delicate shark-fin dishes, are staples loved by longtime regulars. Takase’s hall, of warm wooden feel, is centered on the chef’s table-counter seating 7, where guests can enjoy dynamic views and chats with the chef, and a more relaxed table seating for those of more formal use. With an elegant and mature mood, the restaurant embodies a haute Chinese experience for adults and gourmands seeking a silky and memorable evening accompanied by chef Takase’s creations.
・Address: 8-7-8, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
・Hours: Dinner: 17:30~23:00 (L.O.22:30)
・Directions: 6 minute walk from Shinbashi Station, JR Yamanote LIne
8 minute walk from Ginza Station, Tokyo Metro GInza LIne
Ginza’s Main Street, the internationally renowned symbol of the centuries-old high-end commercial district, led to the proliferation of local ‘~~Ginza’ streets at the heart of many a regional town across Japan. Today, foreigners and locals alike flock to the multinational brand boutiques that line the street, especially on the weekends when, as since 1970, an expansive stretch is zoned as a pedestrian paradise.
Address: 1-chome~8-chome, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
A Kabuki-only theater established in 1889, the Kabuki-za is located just a few minutes walk from the bustling Ginza 4-chome crossing. The anchor of Kabuki-style traditional theatre, it has remained throughout the Imperial Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras as well as the postwar Showa and current Heisei periods as the pillar of the art as it evolved, integrating new techniques and trends in refining its existence to adjust to newer times. As only the best perform at the Kabuki-za stage, the titles staged too tend to be those traditionally famous and popular. However, in recent times the theatre has adjusted to adopt its international following, with an optional foreign language guide to assist those not fluent in Japanese; hence, we would highly recommend attending a staging or two of Japan’s traditional arts during your stay, with Kabuki not being the least of them.
Address: Ginza 4-12-15, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
The headquarters of Wako, the spun-off retail wing of luxury watch and accessories giant Seiko, the ‘Ginza Wako’ building, as it is affectionately called, is a cultural and historical icon. Worth a rumored almost 100 billion USD in the frenzy days of the ‘Japanese Miracle’, the luxury retailer is still frequented by the famous and affluent for a variety of commercial uses, and also often hosts a diverse array of events at its 6th floor art gallery ‘Wako Hall’. Of course, being at the heart of Ginza’s iconic 4-chome crossing, thousands of visitors choose to meet, greet, and be merry on the Wako’s premises as well, and as an 86-year old timepiece overlooking Ginza’s glorious days, the building is currently a Heritage of Modern Industrialization, as designated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.
Address: 4-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
The Mitsukoshi Department Store, one of the last remaining domestic luxury full-range retail giants, is a postwar icon symbolizing the consumerization of Japan’s modern economy. A hallmark of the Ginza strip sitting right across fellow icon ‘Wako’, Mitsukoshi is a much-loved shopping destination dating several centuries in enterprise history, and its modern day rendition in the heart of Ginza boasts a total 16 floors of high-end restaurants, 200+ fashion boutiques, and the largest cosmetics retail floor space in the area. The complex also has multiple rest stops for those tired from the stresses of shopping and walking, with a variety of neat cafes and a 9th floor ‘Ginza Terrace’ overlooking the street to complete the perfect elegant afternoon.
Address: 4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Designed by the decorated architect Kisho Kurokawa and built in 1972 as the world’s first capsule-style apartment-housing complex, the Nakagin Capsule Tower is renown as both an emblem of Kurokawa’s early works, and a symbol of the postwar ‘Metabolism’ architectural movement spearheaded by him and his peers. The ‘capsules’, round-window bestowed rectangular blocks, are each tiny and minimalistic yet functional living quarters; the tower’s concept allows for the addition and subtraction of these capsules in tandem with the population’s organic movements, a revolutionary architectural idea. Hence, despite the inconvenience and growing concerns over durability, the tower itself is a much-loved cultural icon, with many owners using it as office or second home. Until recently, the joys of living in these quarters were known only to owners; however, with the advent of Airbnb, it has become increasingly popular as a short-term destination for fans and visitors, especially since its demolishing has been decided for a date not too far away.
Address: 8-16-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
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1.Ginza, despite its location in the heart of the city, has a surprising many parks and offers beautiful scenery during cherry-blossom season (Tsukijigawa-Unemebashi Park, Kyobashi Park, Ginza Sakura Avenue, GINZA SIX, etc.）.
2.‘Ginza’ has a decidedly fitting meaning of ‘bustling place’.
3.The origins of ‘Ginza’ lie in the Edo-period mint of silver coins; in 1612, the office in charge of minting silver, originally located in current-day Shizuoka, was moved to its modern-day area in the new capital of Edo (Tokyo).
4.There are studies stating that during the Edo-period (17-19C), the area that is current day Ginza was a peninsula protruding into Tokyo Bay.
5.There are hundreds of locations with the ‘Ginza’ name throughout Japan, but the ‘Ginza’ in Tokyo is the original.
6.The first authentic Indian cuisine restaurant, run by an Indian native, opened its doors in Ginza in 1949.
7.The ‘gunkan-maki’ style of sushi, where the topping is held in place on top of the rice not due to the chef pressing the two together but with a wall of nori seaweed, commonly seen with pieces of ‘ikura (salmon roe)’ or ‘uni (sea urchin)’, was first invented in Ginza.