Top 9 Things to do in Chuo, Japan

January 31, 2018 Diedre Savory

Discover the best top things to do in Chuo, Japan including Kabukiza Theater, The Tsukiji Market, Hama Rikyu Gardens, Ginza, Tsukiji Fish Market, Tsukiji Jogaii Market, Matsuya Ginza, Bank of Japan Currency Museum, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Honten.
Restaurants in Chuo

1. Kabukiza Theater

4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3545-6800
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 760 reviews

Kabukiza Theater

Traditional Japanese Kabuki Performances can be seen at this refurbished theater in the Ginza district.

Reviewed By Laura H - Spokane, Washington

This theatre is an amazing opportunity to see live traditional Kabuki. We opted to take in a one act (approx 90 mins) called The Madness of Ranpei. We got to the box office shortly after the tickets went on sale for this particular time slot and then went a got a coffee down the street while we waited for our return time. The one act ticket system is very efficient. I do highly recommend the translation device so you can follow the dialogue. It also gives education information regarding why certain music is used, what certain presentation methods are called, etc. The performance was stunning. The costumes and sets paint such beautiful pictures on stage. It was also really fun to hear the audience calling out (kakegoe I think it's called) to cheer for an actor's performance. Cannot recommend this enough.

2. The Tsukiji Market

5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo 104-0045, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3547-8011
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

The Tsukiji Market

Great place to visit if you love to eat fresh fish or sushi. Choose from a variety of welcoming shops and restaurants. Fish is also sold in this market but be sure to arrive early as the best fish tends to sell out early in the morning.

Reviewed By Canuck6616 - Toronto, Canada

The Tsukiji Market is a fascinating place to visit and assaults all your senses, as you see, smell, and hear what's going on in the market. Of course there's every kind of fish, raw, cooked and dried. There are other treats as well: seaweed, a wonderful tea shop, with a guy at the entrance ready to brew you a personal pot of tea of your choice, and even ice cream. Hawkers are shouting to entice you into different stalls which provides the auditory stimulus.
A must-see when you're visiting Tokyo.

3. Hama Rikyu Gardens

1-1 Hamarikyu Teien, Chuo 104-0046, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3541-0200
Excellent
43%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Hama Rikyu Gardens

This popular park is located next to Tokyo Bay and contains one of the most beautiful Gardens in the city.

Reviewed By roger h - Pacific Coast Australia, Australia

Small entry fee (Yen 130 or so). Saw them in Feb; some blossom just starting to appear. Bit start; but well laid out. Will be fantastic in Spring and Summer. Worth a visit.

4. Ginza

Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Excellent
45%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Ginza

This large neighborhood is home to many stores and restaurants and is a favorite destination for the youth of Tokyo.

Reviewed By Happy258

Nearest equivalent to Oxford street and Regent street of London .The ambience is vibrant , people are polite and nice . Nice and modern building . For shopping it has Department stores like Mitsukoshi and Matsuya . Foreign and Japanese branded boutique stores .
Café , coffee and sweet shops .
As for restaurant it has many Michelin Star restaurant to popular restaurant with reasonable price yet delicious food .
Great area to go in Tokyo

5. Tsukiji Fish Market

4-14-2 Tsukiji, Chuo 104-0045, Tokyo Prefecture
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 263 reviews

Tsukiji Fish Market

Reviewed By gordonsmc - Brooklyn, New York

So I consider this establishment an attraction. Colorful and smell-ful attraction. Lots of fish, as well as squid, crabs, and other invertebrates. Can't comment on the prices (I wasn't prepared to carry some fish around all day), but definitely worth an hour of window shopping.

6. Tsukiji Jogaii Market

4-16-2 Tsukiji, Chuo 104-0045, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-6264-3744
Excellent
36%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Tsukiji Jogaii Market

Reviewed By olafoomes - Amstelveen, The Netherlands

So close to the Tsukiji fish market do not be surprised that everything relates here to fish. And wow what a great area this is. After many visits in the past to the tuna auction and fish market this time around I fully concentrated on the area around both these tourist must see spots. In doing so you do not have to wake up extreme early to make a chance of getting to especially the tuna auction although the restaurant opening times tend to be in the morning only. And there are some great restaurants where you can enjoy fresh fish as sashimi or sushi. Also ramen is available. There are some very popular ones where you have to wait in line (quit a long time) to get in. To my disappointment it appears that the prices have gone up dramatically. Where in the past you could taste great fish examples for 500 To my disappointment it appears that the prices have gone up dramatically. Where in the past you could taste great fish examples for 500 Yen that price lies now at 1000 or even 1500 Yen. That’s apparently the consequence when tourist flock in at great amounts.
If you want to buy a great knife this is the place to be as well although a real excellent one will probably cost you a small fortune but I am pretty sure that one will last your whole life. Great area and definitely worth a visit. But do not wait too long since this whole area will eventually move a couple of kilometres to the south to a brand new complex. I even understood that this whole area will become a bus station during the Olympics 2020.

7. Matsuya Ginza

3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo 104-8130, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3567-1211
Matsuya Ginza

Reviewed By Alzor S

The food hall is pretty cool. Food from all over the world and more. Expensive fruit too. Places to eat inside. Who cares about the rest of the store. I don't.

8. Bank of Japan Currency Museum

1-3-1 Nihombashi Hongoku-cho, Chuo 103-0021, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3277-3037
Excellent
26%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 173 reviews

Bank of Japan Currency Museum

Reviewed By DogDoggie - WorldWide

I found the Bank of Japan Currency Museum to be a fascinating experience. Yes I like this kind of stuff...but the museum was way more interesting than I expected. A good positive...its free.

9. Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Honten

1-4-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo 103-0022, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3241-3311
Excellent
26%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 186 reviews

Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Honten

Reviewed By PKDenton - Denton, Texas

This is the original store for Mitsukoshi which began in 1673. It is two separate buildings and the architectural view from the street is stunning. You’ll see massive lion statues that flank the store's entrance which were installed in the early 1900’s. Soon to follow was Japan's first escalator inside the main entrance. This is truly a department store with major brands available on every floor. Like the Ginza store, the basement is for eating and take out. There are sweets and savory items available for purchase. What’s also special about the Nihombashi store is the theater which is on the 6th floor.
The store is worth going to even if you don’t want to shop and simply want to tour. I’d start on the basement floor which is connected to Mitsukoshi Mae station of Tokyo Metro. This is how you might arrive if you take the subway which I’d recommend. On the basement, you’d see art deco inspired pillars, and a picture scroll which depicts the scenery around the Nihonbashi area. After seeing the historical pillars that are also earthquake resistant, you can go to the 1st floor which is how you’d enter the building from the street. The 1st floor has a fossil of Ammonite that is probably the biggest in Tokyo. Within the building there are over 3000 fossils of Ammonite. You’ll see a massive statue of the Celestial Maiden. She is over 30 feet tall and can’t be missed. Above her is a pipe organ which is still played. On either side of the statue are marble stairs. The ceiling which is 5 stories above the floor has art deco inspired stained glass. The very large pipe organ is from Wurlitzer in New York made in 1930. This is quite a piece of history and I’d highly recommend a visit.

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