Tokyo’s world-famous capital of high-flying gourmet, Ginza; here, we seek to introduce 2 of the district’s most incredible teppanyaki experiences, great visits for dates, anniversaries, formal receptions, and more!
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~Top-Of-The-Line Teppanyaki Serving Selected Akita-Beef Cuts~
A gorgeous underground teppanyaki hall near Ginza’s Sukiyabashi crossing, Ginza GOMEI specializes in Akita prefecture’s recently surgent brand wagyu, Akita-beef. Befitting its namesake region, the title ‘Akita-beef’ is only bestowed upon Japanese Black Cattle of certain quality or higher that is raised painstakingly on a diet of rice grains. GOMEI goes further, selecting only the finest A4 and A5 rank cuts to use in its courses. The seasonal chef’s menu, featuring a variety of the season’s fruits centered on the aforementioned wagyu, is a lavish affair full of the seasons’ transient flavors. The specialite ‘Select Akita-Beef GOMEI-Yaki Grill’, slow-cooked at a low temperature to trap umami-laden juices inside, is a can’t miss delicacy bursting with meaty goodness. GOMEI’s countryside home-like interior, complete with counter and 6-person private room, makes for a cozy mood apt for guests foreign and domestic alike, and the staff’s warm service is sure to make any encounter, whether private or business, a success. Enjoy a distinctly Japanese feel alongside delicious local-produce teppanyaki at Ginza’s GOMEI.
・Address: 6-4-18, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
・Hours: Dinner: 17:00~ (L.O.21:30)
・Directions: 2 minutes walk from Ginza Station Exit C2, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
~Elegant Japanese Dining, Select Wagyu Cuts, and a Premium Teppanyaki Experience~
Occupying a 4th floor space looking over Ginza, Kaika offers a glimpse of purely Japanese mood in a homey yet elegant space, supplemented by selected cuts of wagyu and the best of the season’s fruits in teppanyaki style. The course, full of Japan’s luxurious bearings in A5-rank brand wagyu, live Ise-shrimp, and fresh abalone, arrives hot and steaming straight from the kitchen’s iron griddle; Kaika’s decorated chefs spin their magic on the hot iron, cooking each ingredient to perfection with delicate and deft technique. The exquisite menu is furthered by an extensive wine menu, over 250 labels strong and offering a mariage for every guest. Kaika’s elegant hall, designed with a Japanese tea room in mind, was envisioned by the world-renowned Japanese ‘Sukiya’ tea room-style architect Nakamura Sotoji. Seats are at the counter or in a private room for up to 10, making the restaurant a natural choice for formal receptions and business uses, but also special occasions and private dates as well. Flexibility with vegetarian and English needs too makes Kaika an appealing destination, open to foreign and domestic visitors alike.
・Address: 6-8-7, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
・Hours: Lunch: 11:30~15:00 (L.O.14:00) Dinner: 17:00~23:00 (L.O.22:00)
・Directions: 3-minute walk from Ginza Station (Exit A2), Tokyo Metro Hibiya 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
・Taxi drivers are increasingly capable regarding English, so it may be worth an attempt.
・As long as you know your destination address, the taxi's on-board navigation will do the rest.
Train System Pointers
・Japan's Railways run almost perfectly on-time, so calculating transit times is easy.
・Signs and announcements are multilingual; when in doubt, just listen or see.
・Tokyo's subway system can be difficult to navigate; if lost, officials at the ticket gates are willing to help.
・Japan is a safe country; traveling with small children and strollers will be perfectly fine.
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.