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What is Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street?

This time, we introduce the popular Togoshi Ginza shopping district, that has been featured in a number of magazines and t.v. programs, through a video called "Walking around Togoshi Ginza-Tokyo - Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street-4K Ultra HD" (Walking around Togoshi Ginza - Tokyo - 戸越銀座商店街 - 4K Ultra HD). This video will have you feeling as if you're actually taking a stroll through the popular shopping district located in Toyomachi, Shinagawa.

This camera is fixed from the cameraman's point of view, making it an almost virtual reality experience.

The History of the Togoshi Ginza Shopping District

Image of Togoshi Ginza Station
Photo:Togoshi Ginza Station

The name Togoshi Ginza comes from Togoshi Ginza Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line.
Togoshi Ginza street is an old shopping district that grew around the stores concentrated around Osaki in Shinagawa, due to the opening of the Tokyu Ikegami Line in 1927.

Today, it goes by the name Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street, and is made up of three shopping street associations: Togoshi Ginza Shoeikai Shopping Street, Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street, and Togoshi Ginza Roku Shopping Street. There are about 400 shops.
It's also famous as Japan's longest shopping street with a total length of 1.3 kilometers.

Nowadays, there are many shopping streets in Japan called "〇〇Ginza" (pronounced Maru Maru Ginza), but the one on Togoshi-Ginza shopping street was actually the first in Japan.
It's located next to Togoshi Ginza Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line, but there's also the JR Yamanote Line's Gotanda Station within walking distance, so it' s easy to get around.
You can see the Tokyu-Ikegami Line railroad crossing at 10:32 in the video.
The restaurant is crowded with businessmen and housewives at lunchtime on weekdays.

Togoshi Ginza Station- More History

Image of Downtown Tokyo
Photo:Tokyo downtown from above

Besides the origin of Togoshi Ginza's name, there's also the origin of the shopping district itself. This actually has to do with the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.
The unprecedented catastrophe caused devastating damage in a large area from downtown Tokyo to Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

At that time, the Shinagawa area was an industrial zone where many people gathered, but after the Great Kanto Earthquake, people who had lost their homes gathered here to start businesses a resurrect the local economy, thus forming the shopping district.
The "Ginza" part of "Togoshi Ginza" is said to have originated around the time that shops began to gather in the Togoshi area, when locals gathered up the brick debris in Ginza and used it to improve the drainage of the once poorly drained streets of Togoshi.

Things to Do on Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street

The best way to enjoy the Togoshi Ginza shopping street is by munching on snacks as you window shop.
In the Togoshi Ginza shopping district, there's bakeries, Togoshi Ginza croquette, ramen, dumplings, fried chicken, popular cafe sweets, taiyaki, pork rice bowl, pork wrapped rice ball skewers, and more.
For souvenirs, there's a ton of local gourmet foods such as Togoshi Ginza brand confections, donuts, and the sweets of Goto Kamaboko shown at 1:35 in the video.
There are also convenience stores, pharmacies, clothing stores, cafes and supermarkets.

On holidays, get a map in one hand and food in the other and browse the streets of Togoshi Ginza while munching on some delicious food.
We pretty much recommend anything in Togoshi Ginza, as nearly every shop has good reviews.

Summary of the Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street

Image of Togoshi Ginza
Photo:Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street

The Togoshi Ginza shopping street, chosen as one of the top shopping districts in Japan, also has its own homepage as well!
The mascot character Ginjiro Togoshi gives a detailed introduction of the shopping district, including opening hours of shops, nearby hotels, parking lots, tour information, and more.

The Togoshi-Ginza shopping district has also introduced a project to eliminate the need for electrical poles, with the aim of becoming a clean, fun, popular shopping arcade that will continue to develop into the future.

【Official Website】Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street Official Site

【Tripadvisor】Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street Official Site

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Last Updated : Jan. 28, 2022
児玉 勇(Yu Kodama)
A writer who loves Japan and yakitori
Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street, the Number One Shopping Street in Tokyo, Is Lined With More Than 400 Shops! There’s a Ton of Gourmet Food to Be Had on This 1.3 KM Strip!
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