Ginza Wako

銀座和光   Click to listen highlighted text! 銀座和光

(ginza wako)

Ginza Wako is a renowned luxury department store located on the corner of Ginza Yonchome in Tokyo’s prestigious shopping district. The iconic clock tower of Wako is a beloved landmark that has been standing tall since before World War II. Despite the devastating firebombing of Tokyo, the building miraculously survived and continues to attract visitors from all over the world.

Owned by the world-famous Seiko watch brand, Ginza Wako is a popular destination for those seeking high-end watches, fine jewelry, bags, men’s and women’s accessories, and homeware from both domestic and international brands. The store’s extensive collection is a testament to its commitment to providing the best quality products to its discerning clientele.

Apart from its luxurious offerings, Wako is also home to the Wako Hall on the sixth floor, which hosts exhibits of arts and crafts. The hall offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Japan and is a must-visit for anyone interested in the country’s art and craft traditions.

For those looking for souvenirs, the neighboring Wako Annex building is a treasure trove of delicious treats and gifts. A tea salon on the second floor of the Annex offers refined desserts and a light lunch menu, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of shopping.

Founded in 1881 by Kintarō Hattori as a watch and jewelry shop called K. Hattori, Ginza Wako has a rich history that is deeply intertwined with Japan’s watchmaking industry. In 1947, the retail division split off as Wako Co., Ltd., and has since then become a household name in the world of luxury retail.

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