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Top 10 Tokyo by Stephen Mansfield

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Ginza

The site of the Shogun’s original silver mint, Ginza has always been synonymous with commerce and wealth. After a disastrous fire in 1872, the government commissioned the Irish architect Thomas Waters to rebuild the district in brick. The new quarter established Ginza as a leader in commerce, leisure, and fashion. It was the site of Japan’s first gas lamps, trolley cars, and Western-style department stores. The epicenter of Ginza is the 4-chome district, a crossing dominated by modern stores. A premier cosmopolitan shopping and cultural experience, with its teahouses, incense and calligraphy shops, high-end sushi restaurants, and the very ...

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