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Ginza:
       
 
The shopping area of Ginza is situated in the heart of Tokyo a couple of hundred meters east of the imperial palace. It became a shopping/hangout place for the most wealthy in the early 19th century during the Meiji restoration during which the Japanese government encouraged western-style development (horse-drawn cars, gaslights, etc) in the heart of Tokyo. The district has withstood the test of time and still is the most uppercale shopping district in Japan with tons of boutiques and department stores offering high-end goods. The floor rent in Ginza went up considerably last year and it now ranks 5th worldwide.

Here is the rent in US$ per year per square meter of the most expensive shopping streets/districts in the world:

City   Street/District   2005 $/m2   2004 $/m2
1. New York Fifth Avenue 13,993 10,226 (1)
2. Hong Kong Causeway Bay 11,653 6,126 (3)
3. Paris Avenue des Champs Elysées 8,024 7,648 (2)
4. London New Bond Street 6,753 5,564 (4)
5. Tokyo Ginza 5,578 3,348 (9)
6. Dublin Grafton Street 4,423 4,103 (5)
7. Sydney Pitt Street Mall 3,807 3,449 (8)
8. Seoul Myeongdong 3,764 3,241 (10)
9. Munich Kaufingerstrasse 3,632 3,577 (6)
10. Zurich Bahnhofstrasse 3,513 2,395 (13)

The area can be reached through the subway station Ginza, on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line [station H08], Marunouchi line [station M16], and Ginza line [station G09].

 
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Commerce 9.    Taken by POS on 20 Dec 2005 using a Canon IXY Digital 400; Copyright © 2006 cityglance.org.
 
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Commerce 18.    Fujiya department store. Taken by POS on 14 Jan 2006 using a Canon IXY Digital 400; Copyright © 2006 cityglance.org.
 
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