A GUIDE TO TOKYO’S
House of Dior Ginza
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Japanese influences permeated through Christian Dior’s formative years and re-emerged in the collections he designed for his self-named couture house. One such example is Jardin Japonais (Japanese garden), the 1953 dress celebrated in Dior’s 2017 spring-summer haute couture show on the GINZA SIX rooftop. Held in April 2017, the show also signalled the opening of Tokyo’s first House of Dior. Wrapped in a Yoshio Taniguchi-designed façade and spanning five floors, the flagship showcases the maison’s full line-up of women’s ready-to-wear, menswear, jewellery and accessories. The Dior Maison homewares collection, which includes porcelain from the famed kiln town of Arita, shares the upper floor with a pastel-hued café serving an exclusive menu by French patissier Pierre Hermé.About The Shop
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Before you step inside Céline, the luxury fashion house’s first Ginza flagship, take a closer look at the shop’s façade. Comprised of thousands of unique ceramic elements, handmade by mino-yaki artisans, the façade is an exploration of the concepts of regionality and time. These themes extend throughout the two-level interior, where earthen materials such as marble, terrazzo and industrial elements provide the backdrop for the French brand’s womenswear, leather goods, shoes and accessories.About The Shop
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Sharp, minimal and modern: this three-level space, tucked behind a backlit marble façade, embodies the new retail concept for the French fashion house. Black and white marble appears in luxurious amounts, with suspended racks and mirrored display units presenting the brand’s men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections, leather goods, shoes and jewellery. The carefully composed interior is highlighted by floor-to-ceiling mirrors and digital displays, which create surreal scenes within Saint Laurent’s monochromatic world.About The Shop
Van Cleef & Arpels
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Resplendent kinpaku (gold leaf) plays a leading role throughout Van Cleef & Arpels’ largest boutique in Japan. Lustrous walls of gold provide the backdrop for artwork and displays, while an expansive gold patchwork forms the core of the boutique’s main façade. The art deco interior spans three floors and includes a bridal floor, the maison’s first in Japan, and an intimate setting in which to peruse the collections of jewellery and timepieces.About The Shop
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Valentino’s largest boutique in Japan proves that luxury lies in the finest of details. Designed by architect David Chipperfield, the striking mesh façade filters light into a terrazzo interior highlighted by Carrara marble columns and hanging gold racks. Women’s ready-to-wear, casual menswear, accessories and fragrances are spread across five floors. A private VIP room hosts fittings of the brand’s luxuriously embroidered dresses; a made-to-order service for suits and denim is provided on the upper menswear floor.About The Shop
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Fendi Ginza is a new flagship concept boutique on Ginza's Chuo Dori. The impressive façade, designed by architect Gwenael Nicolas, has reinterpreted the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Fendi’s Roman headquarters. The boutique showcases both men’s and women’s collections, ranging from high-end furs, ready-to-wear items and leather goods to shoes and playful accessories. Japanese flower artist Azuma Makoto has created a spectacular “fur tree” with hundreds of fur pompoms placed on the first floor.About The Shop
There’s not a dull hat to be seen at Ca4la, the eclectic brand that grew from Toshio Yoshizawa’s tiny shop in Ueno’s Ameyoko shopping street. This shop’s shelves are lined with the brand’s assorted hats and headwear, produced in their Nishinomiya factory, along with artist collaborations and a curated selection from hatmakers around the world. There’s also the brand’s first in-store atelier, where a designer accepts personal orders based on Ca4la’s factory-made brimmed models.About The Shop
Tempura Yamanoue Ginza
Perhaps an unlikely export from Hilltop Hotel in Ochano-mizu, this restaurant elevates its lightly battered Edo-style tempura to an art form. Old-fashioned ice chests, rather than refrigerators, are part of a commitment to enhancing the freshness and flavour of each ingredient, many of which are developed in collaboration with local farmers. Place yourself in the chef’s hands with an omakase course of the day’s finest seafood and seasonal vegetables.About The Shop
Ring Jacket Meister Ginza
When it comes to the finer points of selecting a suit, you’ll be in safe hands at Ring Jacket Meister. Ring Jacket has been crafting menswear since 1954, resulting in a wealth of knowledge that emerges as one of their suit specialists guides you through ready-to-wear collections produced in Osaka. The Ring Jacket Meister 206, the embodiment of the company’s pursuit of excellence, is a highlight of the line-up, while an exclusive range of shirts, shoes and neckties complete your look.About The Shop
While Shiseido’s origins can be traced back to Ginza, this shop represents a new direction in the form of interactive cosmetics counters enhanced by the use of cutting-edge technology. Skincare consultations make use of Japan’s first digital counselling mirror, an electronic display that complements the personalised advice of beauty consultants by providing product information and skin analysis. Once your consultation is complete, simply scan the QR code to access the data via your smartphone.About The Shop
Designer Marcel Wanders has created a surreal series of spaces for Maison Decorté, the first flagship salon by cosmetics brand Cosme Decorte. Three nature-themed treatment rooms – Calm, Frozen and Shield – aim to revitalise mind and body through an immersive experience, complete with curated lighting, fragrances and music. Facial and body treatments can be tailored to your specific needs, while the premium Rejuvenating Holistic Treatment is a personalised therapy designed to enhance your skin’s regenerative capabilities.About The Shop
Clé de Peau Beauté
Rather than simply presenting the luxury skincare and make-up lines of Clé de Peau Beauté, Shiseido’s most exclusive brand, this concept shop brings to life the brand’s fusion of beauty and science. A step inside the shop, designed by architect Tsuyoshi Tane, reveals sparkling displays and an exclusive lounge in which to experience a range of award-winning products developed for radiant skin. The illuminating space provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of this cutting-edge brand.About The Shop
This concept shop brings to life the brand’s fusion of beauty and science.
Jun Takahashi’s label emerged from Harajuku in the early 1990s, bringing with it a punk attitude, hybrid streetwear and theatrical runway shows. These origins are embodied in the motto “We make noise not clothes”, which has been prominent in many of the brand’s retail spaces. This shop stocks Undercover’s men’s and women’s collections, along with offshoot lines John Undercover and Sue Undercover. The brand’s bold statements and collage graphics also appear on a range of accessories including purses and phone cases.About The Shop
Japan’s expertise in denim production forms a key pillar of Kuro, the Tokyo-based mens- and womenswear brand founded by Yusuke Yatsuhashi in 2010. Extending from a signature line of Okayama-made denim to smart daily wear, the brand’s refined silhouettes and understated palette are balanced by a relaxed, almost playful approach to stitchwork. Denim jeans and jackets bear the names of factories involved in sewing, washing and fabric production and are complemented by a concise selection of fragrances, bags, eyewear and collaborations.About The Shop
You may be surprised to find a tea house in the second-floor basement, but step inside and you’ll discover an intimate five-seat salon with a singular menu. Kurogi Chacha’s ochazuke set meal is luxuriously simple: plump slices of sea bream are marinated in sesame sauce and served with a tea pour-over, followed by sweets and matcha. The salon showcases tea from the Uji region which, along with a host of traditional ingredients, will be introduced as your meal unfolds at the counter.About The Shop
Nakamura Tokichi Honten
Nakamura Tokichi has been selling tea in Uji, the renowned tea-growing region of Kyoto, for more than 160 years. As the company’s sole branch in Tokyo, this tearoom provides a glimpse into the rich world of Japanese tea. One example is the Special Maruto Parfait, which showcases the flavours and umami of high-quality matcha through luxurious layers of jelly, ice cream and chiffon cake. Teas, traditional sweets and light meals are also available, while the matcha jelly and financiers make perfect souvenirs.About The Shop
L’homme du temps signé à nu
Building upon the success of À nu retrouvez-vous in Hiroo, this restaurant presents progressive French cuisine in an intimate setting. Chef Yuichi Minohara incorporates Japanese ingredients – Ishigaki-raised beef and seasonal vegetables from Nagano, for example – into his immaculately presented dishes, which come together in courses for lunch and dinner. Beyond the impressive menu, wine list and dessert cart, the service comes with an attention to detail that results in a memorable dining experience.About The Shop
Ginza Peek-a-boo Aveda
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle, why not allow yourself to be pampered at Ginza Peek-a-boo Aveda? Operated by Peek-a-boo, the influential salon founded by leading hairstylist Fumio Kawashima, this concept salon uses products from holistic beauty brand Aveda. In addition to the standard cut, shampoo and blow-dry, the salon offers botanical head spas and hair colouring, along with aromatherapy hand and foot massages.About The Shop
Japanese designer Kazuyuki Kumagai’s quality-focused menswear is defined by simple structures and original fabrics designed from the thread up. Kumagai launched internationally acclaimed brand Attachment in 1999 and weaves inspiration from architecture, music and other cultural fields into his ready-to-wear collections, which he regularly shows at Paris Fashion Week. Attachment’s minimalist aesthetic is built around the idea of a daily wardrobe for the modern man. It features unique, sharply tailored silhouettes while perfectly capturing the essence of the current moment.About The Shop
In contrast to the countless jewellery shops presenting an image of stark sophistication, AbHerï’s flagship shop, highlighted by timber display units and a tiled frontage, is a mix of elegance and artisanship. Embodying the spirit of a brand where each designer is an artisan, the shop’s museum-inspired interior presents each ring, necklace and set of earrings as a work of art. Produced in hues of gold – yellow, pink, champagne and ash – the brand’s jewellery is made by hand using both traditional and modern techniques.About The Shop
The interior of this fourth-floor shop draws inspiration from an unlikely place: shower rooms. White from floor to ceiling, the space plays a role in illuminating the predominantly black wares of Ground Y, the ageless and genderless brand founded by Yohji Yamamoto. Relaxed silhouettes, asymmetric cuts and monochrome graphics provide links to Yamamoto’s main collections, albeit presented in the form of casual, everyday attire. Signature items include wrap trousers and printed T-shirts, while collaborators have ranged from fash-ion brands to science fiction characters.About The Shop
More than 40 years after Tatsushige Cho founded the first Yakiniku Sansui in Kokubunji, the yakiniku specialist has brought his same meticulous approach to the heart of Ginza. Cho’s approach starts with the meat, selecting top quality cuts from around the country to be purchased fresh and sliced by hand. Sauces, gochujang (red chilli paste), kimchi and other side dishes are prepared in-house, while the drinks list has been compiled with all tastes in mind. Like its predecessors, the restaurant prides itself on providing a quality dining experience.About The Shop
Bijou de M
Bijou de M’s eye-catching jewellery, inspired by the world around us, sparkles under the lights of this modern salon. The main collection of rings includes diamond-encrusted rabbits and flowers with moving petals, while bold letters are designed to wrap gently around your finger. Bijou de M May, the brand’s second line, opts for a more casual aesthetic. Earrings are sold individually, rather than in pairs, and come with an invitation to mix and match as your heart desires.About The Shop
The Tsubame-Sanjo area of Niigata has long been known for its metalworking prowess. Founded in 1816, Gyokusendo’s expertise lies in the production of hand-hammered teapots and copper tableware. The shop’s copper-clad interior is a work of art in itself. The workshop’s artisans spent a year shaping the individual panels and fixtures, which, like the lustrous wares on display, are built to stand the test of time.About The Shop
999.9 (pronounced Four Nines) is a Japanese eyewear brand born in 1995. Its name refer to the quality indication of pure gold. As the name reminds us, 999.9 always strives to perfection to reach to 1,000. By making the best use of the nature of material in designing and adopting various unique mechanisms, Four Nines has a variety of glasses and sunglasses collections which realise the additional level of comfort in wearing. Eyewear specialists offer in-store consultations and precision fitting, allowing you to feel confident that you’ve found your perfect match.About The Shop
Citizen Flagship Store Tokyo
Citizen Watch Group’s first global flagship should be an essential stop for watch enthusiasts. A team of specialists oversee an expansive line-up that includes Citizen and its Eco-Drive One series, along with group brands Alpina, Bulova, Campanola and Frederique Constant. The space hosts talks and new product releases, while the world’s first Arnold & Son boutique presents the brand’s premium timepieces in a relaxing lounge setting. If you’re in need of repairs, simply stop by the in-house workshop for adjustments, inspections and watchmaking wisdom.About The Shop
Japanese culture has played an influential role in Costume National’s evolution over the past three decades. Founded by one of Yohji Yamamoto’s former protegés, the Italian-born brand relaunched in 2017 under the creative directorship of Japanese designers Koji Udo and Yasutoshi Ezumi. This shop’s mirrored racks and displays are lined with the brand’s minimal yet edgy men’s and women’s collections. There is also an exclusive line of indigo-dyed leather bags, complete with a crackled silver lining.About The Shop
Ginza Sanada Six
Shinshu, the traditional name for the mountainous Nagano prefecture, is known for its buckwheat noodles and locally grown produce. Capturing the flavours of the Shinshu region through seasonal ingredients sourced directly from producers, this restaurant specialises in handmade soba and takikomi gohan (seasoned rice), served with a selection of local sake, wine and spring water. The main dining space is well suited to family gatherings, while the private dining room looks down Chuo Dori to the Ginza Yonchome Intersection.About The Shop
Japanese stationer Mark’s prides itself on producing high-quality tools for the home and office. Mark’style Tokyo is the brand’s flagship gift shop and features a broad selection of stationery and lifestyle goods. Products with a local flavour include washi masking tape by Maste, Tsunoda’s exclusive line of hinoki cypress bento boxes and award-winning glassware manufactured by Tajima Glass. For more gift ideas, peruse the in-store gallery or consult one of the concierges.About The Shop
Seiko’s origins date back to 1881 when Kintaro Hattori, the company’s founder, opened a shop selling and repairing timepieces. Just a few minutes’ walk from that historic location, this boutique offers more than 300 watches across a range of categories. Grand Seiko is joined by Astron, the world’s first GPS solar watch, and Presage, a 100 percent mechanical watch collection.About The Shop
Architect Yoshio Taniguchi, known for his redesign of MoMA, used the Japanese noren, traditional fabric dividers that hang at the entrance to shops and restaurants, as a source of inspiration for the GINZA SIX design. Rather than developing an all-encompassing design for the building’s façade, Taniguchi invited the six luxury brands on the ground floor – Dior, Céline, Saint Laurent, Van Cleef & Arpels, Valentino and Fendi – to create their own individual façades. Each brand’s interpretation of the noren forms part of the build-ing’s main frontage, resulting in a dynamic yet enduring landmark for the Ginza area.
The Amsterdam-based jeans-maker’s largest shop in Japan includes a workshop dedicated to denim care and repair and a coffee stand. Denham jeans are handwashed according to each customer’s needs, before being finished with the shop’s exclusive kabuki-themed stamp.
GINZA SIX’s dynamic mix of art, shopping and dining has been brought to life by French designer Gwenael Nicolas. Inspired by Ginza’s narrow streets and laneways, zigzagging walkways bring a sense of discovery to each floor, while the main atrium provides an iconic centrepiece.
Embrace your creative side with a hands-on workshop run by this Japanese jewellery brand. Taking place several times a week, workshops last for 60–90 minutes and guide you through the process of making rings, necklaces and earrings with a personal touch.
From daily life to downtown bustle, Tokyo has no shortage of photogenic moments. An essential stop for camera enthusiasts and photographers, this shop showcases the German brand Leica’s line-up of high-end cameras, while an in-store gallery hosts exhibitions, seminars and events.
Artglorieux Gallery of Tokyo
5F Art Gallery
Tucked away in a quiet corner, Artglorieux is an intimate setting to view Japanese art. Exhibitions range from Yayoi Kusama’s polka-dot creations to works by revered ukiyo-e artists and leaders of the Mono-ha movement.
If you feel tired after a busy day in the city, pamper your skin with a Suqqu Gankin massage. The massage works directly on the muscles of the face to leave skin resilient and healthy, leading to well-defined, sharper facial contours. Follow with a moisturising skincare treatment and beautiful make-up to take your skin to the next level.
Freemans Sporting Club
Equal parts boutique and barbershop, the Ginza branch of this New York-based menswear retailer offers haircuts, shaves and sartorial style. The barbershop’s slick interior is finished with white subway tiles and hosts a trio of vintage Belmont barber chairs. Simply sit back and relax.
During the summer, lululemon’s hour-long yoga sessions move from their store to GINZA SIX’s calming rooftop garden. Relax the mind and loosen the limbs – the perfect start to your day.
Edited and designed by Winkreative
Published: February 2018