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Taking A Stroll Through Ginza’s Pedestrian Heaven

Taking a stroll at Hokousha Tengoku (歩行者天国), Pedestrian's Haven.

Taking a stroll at Hokousha Tengoku (歩行者天国), Pedestrian’s Heaven.

Ginza is a famous high end shopping district in Tokyo and the best time to pay Ginza a visit is definitely on weekends when the main street is closed off to road traffic. This is called Hokousha Tengoku (歩行者天国 which translates to Pedestrian Heaven.

Kimono ladies taking a stroll at Ginza

Junction at the end of Hokousha Tengoku

I remember my first experience of Hokousha Tengoku and there’s just something that’s so liberating about being able to roam a main road and zig-zag between the stores on both sides freely! Hokousha Tengoku starts at 12:00 noon and ends at 17:00 evening on Saturday and Sunday.

Japanese women in traditional kimono

Japanese women in traditional kimono


The amount of Japanese wearing kimono in Ginza is just right to let you wear one without looking outright like a tourist, yet enough to let you bask in the attention of on-walkers.

Landmark of Ginza, the Wako building with Hattori Clock Tower

Landmark of Ginza, the Wako building with Hattori Clock Tower


This Neo-Renaissance style building with its curved facade is the famous Wako building and is unquestionably the landmark of Ginza. The founder of Seiko, Hattori Kintarou built the original building and clock tower.

Don’t be daunted by the fancy brand shops and give Ginza a try! You might surprise yourself.


  
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Teng from Malaysia, is a graduate student studying in Aichi-ken.

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