Ginza is often comparable to Champs-Élysées in Paris or Fifth avenue in N.Y. Mitsukoshi department store is one of the symbols of Ginza. I like to cruise it. Because the displays are good and it especially has a luxurious atmosphere.
Personally, this department store’s biggest attractions are its basement floors, the 8th floor and 9th floor.
The basement floors are a big food market. It is fun to gape at Kobe beef (that an NBA star player was named after) priced for 10000 yen per 100 grams, strawberries wrapped like jewels, beautiful sweets like art objects and so on.
The 8th floor has a small gallery, the live performance of a Japanese master craftsman and both Japanese-style and Western-style interior decor products. Each product is charming. Now many Japanese decorations to celebrate New Year are on sale.
And my favorite 9th floor. This floor has a cafe, restaurant, spacious free area and terrace. The free area is very bright with big windows. As there are many benches, shoppers can enjoy the food they bring from the basement floor.
I chose an organic box lunch from a wide selection. Very yummy!
You can get out to the terrace. It has a very traditional statue of Bodhisattva (here is my old post about it https://yukikote3.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/zizo-boddhisattva2-for-success/ ) which has been regarded as the steward of Ginza and a small shrine for the store’s prosperity. I guess this is where you can feel closest to the sky of the very busy Ginza district.
This picture was taken before Mikimoto Pearl which is in front of Mitsukoshi across the street.
★★ a nice spot for strolling and shopping