2 Best Sights in Ginza, Tokyo

Kabuki-za Theater


Soon after the Meiji Restoration and its enforced exile in Asakusa, Kabuki began to reestablish itself in this part of the city. The first Kabuki-za was built in 1889, with a European facade. In 1912 the Kabuki-za was taken over by the Shochiku theatrical management company, which replaced the old theater building in 1925; it was damaged during World War II but restored soon thereafter. The most recent iteration of the building retains its classic architecture—until one notices the looming office building coming out of the middle. The interior has been vastly improved, though. Tickets are sold only at the theater's ticket booth. Reservations by phone are recommended. If you want to see what all of the hype is about, this is the place to see a Kabuki show. For a short 15- to 30-minute sampling, get a single-act ticket; the final act usually provides the best spectacle. English Earphone Guides are available for a small fee and provide explanations and comments in English about the performance.

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Nissan Crossing


Located on one corner of the Ginza Crossing, across from Mitsukoshi and Wako, this incredibly slick two-floor showroom highlights Nissan’s latest concept vehicles and technological innovations. The several cars on display change every few months or so, but as of writing include a GT-R, a Nissan Leaf Nismo rally car, and an e-4ORCE four-wheel drive. On the second floor, there’s a boutique selling Nissan goods and model cars, as well as a café if you want to linger with a latte.