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[Tokyo] Ginza Pedestrian Paradise (銀座歩行者天国): Japan’s Car-Free Shopping Paradise

A Pedestrian Paradise Known for Unique Shopping Experience

When it comes to shopping in Japan, Ginza’s Chuo-dori is a destination not to be missed. On weekends, the popular shopping district transforms into a pedestrian paradise, making it the perfect spot for leisurely window-shopping. With high-end brand names and high-street stores lining the streets, there’s something for every shopper to enjoy. 

But the real draw of Ginza’s Chuo-dori is the concept of a “pedestrian paradise.” This is a unique feature to Japan, where certain shopping streets are designated as car-free zones for a limited time. In Ginza, this happens on weekends, allowing shoppers to stroll without worrying about traffic.

This tradition dates back to 1970, when Chuo-dori was closed to traffic for the first time. The event was called the “Holiday Promenade” and has since become a regular tradition, held on the first Sunday of August each year. Interestingly, Ginza is the only district in Japan that continues this custom today. So, if you’re looking for a truly unique shopping experience, be sure to visit Ginza on a weekend.

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