SEIKO Museum Ginza

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Name: Seiko Museum Ginza

Kind: Museum

Location: 35°40’19.38″ N 139°45’51.25″ E

Address: 4-3-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061

Station: Ginza Station, Marunouchi Line (M16) or Ginza Line (G09)

Free Wifi: Unknown

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? Worth a look.

Last updated 10/30/2020

About 2 blocks south of Tokyu Plaza in Ginza is a great SEIKO watch museum. It’s worth a quick stop if you are in Ginza. The museum closes @ 5:30 PM most days. Note you must reserve your visit in advance. The museum is on Chuo-Dori Ave. and is one block north of the famous Wako Bldg. at Ginza Crossing on the same side of the street. As an interesting historical note, the Wako Bldg. was originally created by SEIKO founder Hattori Kintaro:

“By 1881 his watches were so well made that they were given as gifts by the Imperial Household. He named his watches Seiko, meaning ‘precision’, a name and a reputation they have maintained.”

Tokyo: A Cultural Guide to Japan’s Capital City, by John Martin & Phyllis Martin, 2013

Getting Here

To get here either take the Metro Marunouchi Line or Ginza Line and exit Ginza Station. You’ll need to look for the exit signs underground. There are 2 station exits right on the block where the museum is. Alternately, you can take the JR lines to Yurakucho Station, exit to the east 2 blocks, then walk south about 3-4 blocks. The museum is on the east (left) side of the street as you walk south. If you’re up for a longer walk or are farther north, you can exit Tokyo Station and walk south since the Yurakucho area is just south of that.

The museum featues Seiko watches + clocks as well as some other older antique clocks from Japan (Wadokei). The museum also contains Japan’s First Alarm Clock from 1899.

Have fun and enjoy a little SEIKO history.

SEIKO Museum Ginza

4-3-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
TEL 03-5159-1881

PHOTOS

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Ginza Metro Line entrance. The Ginza Station is roughly in the center of the line.

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West side of Yurakucho Station facing southeast. Pass through the station, head 2 blocks east, then 3-4 blocks south to get to the museum. Just a block beyond that to the south is Ginza Crossing.

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Just to the east of Yurakucho Station facing northwest. Head right (east) here to reach Chuo-Dori, then head south.

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Just to the east of Yurakucho Station @ Ginza Ini facing south on Chuo-Dori. The watch museum is straight ahead about 5 blocks. Yurakucho Station is to the right 2 blocks.

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Facing south on Chuo-Dori. Tokyu Plaza is the large black bldg. on the right, and the SEIKO museum is down about 3 blocks on the left. Yurakucho Station is to the right 2 blocks.

Yurakucho Station facing north as viewed from LUMINE Dept. Store just to the south. The museum is to the right, then south. The tall clear glass bldg. just beyond the station is the Tokyo International Forum. Just to the left of that is a large Bic Camera. North of that is Tokyo Station and the Marunouchi financial district.

LINKS

https://museum.seiko.co.jp/en/

https://museum.seiko.co.jp/en/access/

https://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/station/ginza/index.html

https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/subwaymap/

https://ginza.tokyu-plaza.com/en/

Tokyo a Cultural Guide: A Cultural Guide to Japan’s Capital City

http://www.tokyostationcity.com/en/

Venchi sweets @ Otemachi One Tokyo

ヴェンキ 銀座店 Venchi Ginza【Lets】レッツエンジョイ東京

What: Venchi

Kind: Store

Where: Ginza, 2 blocks east of LUMINE35°40’21.50″ N 139°45’53.81″ E

Station: Yurakucho

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Worth it? Yep.

A chocolatier established in 1878 – Venchi – has a great store in Ginza. They also sell ice cream, gelato, and other delicacies.

The store is 2 blocks east of the Yurakucho LUMINE complex. To get there, get off @ Yurakucho Station, head northwest to the large LUMINE bldg, cross the street to the west, and then head west for about 2 more blocks. It’s on your right.

The large LUMINE bldg. is at the end of the street shown above. Venchi is the 3rd shop from the left shown in this photo. Facing west.

There is also a new one in Otemachi One to the northwest, and one in Ikebukuro in the 1st floor basement of the TOBU dept. store (BTW, in general the food basement in the Ikebukuro TOBU is out of this world).

Enjoy.

LINKS

TOP

Venchi in Ginza @ Ryoko Traveler

http://japanshopping.org/archives/event/34699

http://japanshopping.org/archives/shop/10

https://ginzadelunch.jp/en/?p=104425

https://entabe.jp/29797/venchi-ginza-gelato-review

https://www.tokyustay.co.jp/e/hotel/GZ/topics/2020/04/venchi.html

https://otemachi-one.com/

https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000004.000050390.html

https://www.picuki.com/tag/venchiginza

https://rtrp.jp/articles/128249/

https://tokyo-cafeblog.com/venchi-gelato/

https://www.leon.jp/editors/13641

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Yurakucho Station facing west. The large LUMINE bldg. is just to the left a few blocks out of frame.

Tokyo Drew covered the Ginza store here:

Tokyo International Forum

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Name: Tokyo International Forum

Kind: Venue

Where: Yurakucho, Tokyo 35°40’35.92″ N 139°45’51.03″ E

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Just south of Tokyo Station and just west of Ginza is the Tokyo International Forum – a huge modern venue for all kinds of conferences, performing arts, concerts, talks, trade shows, and other activities.

The Forum was completed in 1997 and is spectacular.

Inside there are elevated walkways, a huge cavernous interior and a few restaurants on the lower level. The Forum’s main tourist attraction is its architecture which is designed to look like a large ship and is ultra-modern.

Outside the Forum are all sorts of great restaurants, shops, and other activities. At the South end of the Forum is a large Bic Camera, and Yurakucho Station – the gateway into Ginza which is just to the east.

To get to the Forum you can either get the JR line to Tokyo Station, exit the west (Maronuchi) side and walk south on the sidewalk, or you can get off at Yurakucho Station and then head north under the train tracks, then west and 1 block north to the Forum. Both are very easy to get to and are accessibile.

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You can also take the Metro Ginza Subway Line to Ginza Station and exit there, then walk a few blocks south to get to the Forum. The Ginza Station exit is just outside the north Maronuchi-side exit at Tokyo Station, roughly at 35°40’55.82″ N 139°45’57.01″ E. You can also get to the Ginza Line inside Tokyo Station but it requires a long hike through various underground corridors and stairs like this:

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Ginza Metro subway line. Ginza (G09) is in the middle of the line, Shibuya on the west, and Asakusa on the east. Another alternative is to take the Maronuchi Line and exit at its Tokyo Station (M17) exit onto the surface and then walk south from Tokyo Station to the Forum:

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Maronuchi Line Tokyo Station (M17)

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Yurakucho Station. Tokyo International Forum is straight ahead past the tracks. Bic Camera is on the left next to the Forum.

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The Forum has a huge lighted glass floor on its north side.

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Inside the cavernous Forum.

Restaurants/Coffee/Shops

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In the basement of the Forum is the Cafe Lexcel, an upscale division of Doutour. There is also one in Yokohama.

On the west side of the Forum there is an outdoor patio with a line of excellent restaurants, coffee houses, and shops. Definitely worth checking out.

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There is also a Shake Shack and an 800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen on the patio promenade.

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Brooklyn Roasting Company is not to be missed.

At the very north end of the promenade there is a JR entrance and downstairs is a New York Perfect Cheese:

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Entrance to Tokyo Underground Concourse. You can actually walk underground here all the way to Tokyo Station to the north. Behind it is a Le Meré Poulard – a very upscale French restaurant. The original one is in France and also has a hotel in it. Thanks to Tokyo Drew for this tip.



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There is plenty more to do in the area – don’t be afraid to wander around.

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Yurakucho Station Christmas illuminations.

Bic Camera + Ginza to the East

If you walk south from the Forum + cross the street, first you’ll come to a large Bic Camera on the corner – well worth a stop:


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South end of Bic Camera. Yurakucho Station is on the right.

If you then head east (left) at Yurakucho Station, you’ll come into a small area at the east exit of the station filled with department stores, such as OIOI (pronounced Marui). This is Yurakucho. To get to Ginza, head directly east for 2 blocks. The two areas are right next to each other.

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Underneath Yurakucho Station. Ginza is straight ahead (facing east).

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Yurakucho Station. Ginza is on the other side. The Forum is 2-3 blocks to the left (north). Under the 2 arches on the left you can cut to the other side. The area on the other side is one of the best trainspotting places in Tokyo – you can watch bullet trains come in and out in both directions.

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Ginza east of Yurakucho Station.

Well that’s it for now. Enjoy your trip. There’s loads to do near Tokyo International Forum + the surrounding area.

LINKS

Tokyo International Forum Official (this page also has a floor guide PDF).

Tokyo International Forum: Marunouchi – Where In Tokyo

JR East

Cafe Lexel

800 Degrees

Ginza-Itchome StationYurakucho Line

Yurakucho Line

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John Daub @ TIF.

Tokyo Drew did a walkthrough of TIF in this video around 40:00.

Hibiya – Tokyo’s Elegant Walk

Name: Hibiya

Kind: Town

Location: 35°40’27.73″ N 139°45’45.92″ E

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Hibiya is a small area of eastern Tokyo sandwhiched south of the Maronuchi/Imperial Palace area, but north of Shimbashi to the south. Ginza is just to the east.

The main street is called Hibiya Dori or Rt. 409. Hibiya is home to many very upscale hotels, restaurants, and shops. There is also a huge park – Hibiya Park – just on the west side of Hibiya Dori with dazzling gardens, lakes, an open-air concert hall, and several public tennis courts. There is also a Metro subway station – Hibiya Station – on the Hibiya Line and Chiyoda Line. If you’re looking for a good hostel, you can check out https://wiseowlhostels.com/tokyo/ just across from Hatchobori Station on the Hibiya Line just to the east.

WISE OWL HOSTELS TOKYO 3-22-9 Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-5541-2960 Fax: 03-5541-2961
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line・Keiyo Line「Hatchobori station」
30-sec walk from B1 or A1 Exit.

A great stroll or bike ride can be had from approx. 35°40’17.74″ N 139°45’23.26″ E all the way north to the Imperial Palace along Hibiya Dori Ave. There are epic hotels, glittering shops, and endless restaurants. In the evening in particular, this makes a great little diversion. At the very north end near the Imperial Palace is the upscale Tokyo Midtown Hibiya shopping + dining complex.

A quick turn to the right (east) a few blocks south of the Imperial Palace Moat takes you right into Yurakucho Station and Ginza on the JR and Yurakucho lines. There is also a jumbo-sized Tully’s Coffee with free charging ports right across from the moat at ground level on the street. The small stone sentry towers on the street corners around the moat date all the way back to the 1600’s and are popular spots for wedding photos.

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Tokyo Midtown Hibiya doesn’t disappoint.

You can also also get here from Akasaka by heading west and then turning south near the old Ministry of Justice bldg.

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The Old Ministry of Justice Bldg. just north of Hibiya.

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From the Old Ministry of Justice Bldg. head south along the moat. The Imperial Palace is out of view on the left. Hibiya is straight ahead.

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Turn left for an epic walk along Hibiya Dori.

If you go just a little further north, you can turn right into Tokyo Station 2 blocks to the east. Just to the north are more luxurious hotels, and another small park.

Hotels to the north of the Imperial Palace. A 17th century stone sentry post is on the left.

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Imperial Palace just north of Hibiya.

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A small park between Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station.

Well, that’s it. Enjoy exploring and walking around Hibiya. There’s lots of great stuff to see and do here. Here’s a Metro subway map:

LINKS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiya

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya

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