Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Pedestrian Zone in Ginza

A large pedestrian zone is created every Sunday in Ginza, Chuo Street, to allow shoppers and visitors, to roam the area without worring about the normally busy traffic.


The weather is still hot and humid, but some see this as a business opportunity, a car company offered futsal clinic for kids, while the waiting parents check out the car, but no doubt about who got the longer queues, a beer store selling extra cold beer, with an ingenious display of the beer temperature.


Chairs and tables set in the street, performers displaying their skills, attention deprived pet owners showing off, all in a good Ginza Sunday.



AdelaideBen said...

We're looking to go to Ginza on Sunday when we're in Tokyo in August. Do you think that there's enough time to pop into Ginza (have a look around) and then head over to Harajuku for lunch...before heading off to the airport around 3-4pm.

Do you have any suggestions for places to visit in Tokyo that are best seen in Summer (if any) or should be avoided in Summar?

island4jp said...

Is a though call as it all starts around 10 AM, and starts to get busy around noon. It is a short train ride to Omotesando, and you can walk from there to Harajuku.
The definitive event of the summer is the Tokyo bay fireworks on August 14th, Fireworks in Japan are AMAZING. places to avoid, if you mind the crowds, Shibuya and Harajuku can get a bit crowded with all the young people from out of Tokyo on holiday. Other busy spots are the areas with events for kids, like Tokyo Dome, that get invaded by kids on school break.

AdelaideBen said...

Thanks... we were thinking about seeing the fireworks on the 19th August... but I have to admit that when they say there's a million people turn out for it, I dread the idea of trying to take our 3yo son out late at night trying to get a subway back home.

island4jp said...

Yes, I don't really recommend it. It is not that the event is unsafe, but as you mention with the large number of people attending, the streets and transportation are completely crowded, turning a normal 5 minute walk into a 30 minutes extravaganza. Alternatively, you can watch the event from a safe distance, on the case of the 19th fireworks, Omotesando maybe a good place, it is not the same as going to the event area but, it's no so bad.