Park of the Imperial Palace and shopping in Ginza Six
Sightseeing, Cultural, Lunch not included
Two unmissable stops in Tokyo for an excursion that combines culture and leisure: from the tranquil relaxing atmosphere of the Imperial Palace to the liveliness of the Ginza district and of Ginza Six, the new temple of shopping in Japan.
What we will see
- Imperial Palace
- Sakuradamon gate
- Nijyubashi bridge
- Ginza Six shopping centre
What we will do
- We start our tour with Tokyo’s Imperial Palace (Kōkyo, literally “imperial residence”), once called Edo castle (Edo is the old name for Tokyo), residence of the shōgun and currently main residence of the Emperor of Japan. The Palace is still surrounded by the original moat and imposing gates and ancient watchtowers can still be seen along the walls.
- It covers a vast area inside a park in the Chiyoda district neat Tokyo station and comprises of numerous buildings including the main palace (Kyuden), the private residences of the Imperial family, an archive, a museum and the administrative offices.
- We then enter the park where we can admire the Sakuradamon gate and the Nijyubashi bridge, an elegant two-arch bridge leading to the main entrance.
- After visiting the Imperial Palace, we move on to Ginza Six, the second stop on our excursion: Ginza Six was designed by Japanese architect Taniguchi Yoshio, who also designed other famous buildings such as Heisei Chishinkan at the Kyoto National Museum, and is considered the “temple of luxury shopping” in Tokyo.
- The building was inaugurated on 20th April 2017 and is the largest commercial complex in Ginza (19 floors, 6 of which underground, covering 47,000 sq m in total) with a myriad of stores selling clothing and accessories (241 Japanese and international brands), local handicrafts and art as well as cafés and restaurant. On the first floor, inside the Lawson minimarket, there is a tourist centre called Terminal Ginza.
- The centre offers assistance to local and international tourists for guided tours, currency exchange and tax-free services.
- However, Ginza Six is not the only place where you can shop as the district is filled with shopping malls and specialised stores.
What you need to know
- The order of the visits may vary and the coach transfer depends on the itinerary. * We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available. * Heavy traffic jams to be expected due to it being travelling season in Japan. * We recommend having Japanese Yens available as there are no exchange offices in the port. *Clear views subject to weather conditions. * Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.