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Housed in a building constructed in 1914 with Renaissance-style facade complete with bronze lions that flank the doorway, replicas of the ones from Trafalgar Square, Mitsukoshi certainly captures the opulence of Ginza.
Formed in 1673 Mitsukoshi was originally a kimono boutique that has since grown into one of the most well known department stores in Japan. The chain was purchased in 2008 by Isetan, further strengthening the success of the two businesses.
Today you'll find 10 levels stocking local and international designer fashion and beauty products as well as interior goods. This department store also has a delightful food hall in the basement selling packaged goods, sushi, bento boxes, as well as fancy cakes and pastry—it's the perfect place to grab lunch on the go.
This place was one of the pioneers in merchandising, rumored to be the first store in Japan to display goods on shelves, rather than behind counters.
- Get off at Mitsukoshimae station on either the Ginza or Hanzomon line.
- There's a rooftop garden with a few seats that over looks the neighborhood.