Harumi-dori Street is one of Ginza’s two main shopping avenues, running from Sukiyabashi towards Tsukiji, intersecting with Chuo-dori Street midway through. Visit for the fancy boutiques - or if your wallet isn’t too deep, the cool architecture.
Harumi-dori Street - image © Florentyna Leow
Anyone visiting Ginza will most likely end up in one of two places first: Chuo-dori Street, or Harumi-dori Street. These two shopping avenues are the main arteries of this shopping area. While Chuo-dori Street has the edge over Harumi-dori Street on the weekends when it turns into a pedestrian-only zone, Harumi-dori Street has just as many shops and cafes along its length to keep the most avid shopper occupied.
Naturally, designer labels feature heavily on this street. Dior, Armani, and Hermès all occupy buildings that are as sleek and eye-popping as the clothes and bags they carry. Hermès even has a contemporary art museum on the top floor of its 15-storey building.
Harumi-dori Street is also home to the head branch of fruit purveyor Sembikiya, famous for its absurdly expensive but perfect-looking fruit. Pop in to gawk at the prices, and if they’re in season, the square watermelons.
You’ll want to walk along both Chuo-dori and Harumi-dori before branching off into the lanes beyond these two shopping avenues. If you’re not here to shop, one visit to this avenue is probably enough.
Ginza, Cho-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061
Subway: Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza, Hibiya and Marunouchi lines.
Train: 2-minute walk from the Ginza exit of Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote line.
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