There we were, striding down Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza district, gaping at the neon signs, brightly lit department stores, and flagship designer boutiques that line its wide boulevards.
But before anyone can really take it all in — and savour the delight of being back in the land of the rising sun after two long years of pandemic- induced closed borders — we slip into a tiny alleyway, where traffic suddenly quietens to a gentle hum.
Our intrepid host, Shingo Kido, Senior Director of Public Relations & Communications at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi and Otemachi, is taking us on a “salaryman crawl” of Ginza to discover the watering holes where the country’s working class unwind after a hard day’s work.
Even though Ginza is primarily known for its swanky members-only omakase establishments, this district also teems with grittier but no less exceptional dining destinations that only those in the know would have heard of.
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