It is a 30-minute walk from Yurakucho Station to Hamarikyu Garden through Ginza, Kabuki Theater and Tsukiji Market, and only 2 minutes by train between Tokyo and Yurakucho Station.
In the Edo period, this was where the government minted its silver coins,and that's why the place came to be known as Ginza, or “Silver Mint”. Having been rebuilt after the Great Tokyo Earthquake of 1923, it became the mecca of Japanese fashion. Everywhere in Japan, you can find shopping malls with the name of something Ginza.
Nowadays, there are many high-end shopping facilitire emerged, but Ginza has maintained the position as status symbol.
On your way to Tsukiji Market, you can see Kabuki Theatre, where you may enjoy the part of this Japan's traditional performing art at a low price.
Tsukiji is the largest fish market in the world where more than 400 different species of seafood are handled every day. It is said that the Japanese consume about one-fifth of all the fish caught in the world. One reason is that in Japan there is not enough land for cattle breeding and another is that luckily Japan is surrounded by the sea.
If you want to look around the inner market, you have to take it into consideration that here is basically the place of work not of amusement. The time and place of visit is restricted. Instead you can freely visit the outer market, if you don’t mind the crowds of shoppers and lookers-on.
But in the very near future it is planned to move to Toyosu nearby.
Hamarikyu garden is a typical Daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) garden in the Edo period with a tidal pond which changes the garden’s landscapes with the ebb and flow of the sea water. Later this garden was used for falconry site for Shogun families.
After the Meiji Restoration, the garden became the detached palace of royal families and officially named Hamarikyu, which literally means a detached palace on the coast.
Now the garden is surrounded by high-rise buildings and the contrast between the old and the new is superb. British Prince William visited here in February, 2015.
You can go somewhere like Asakusa from here by boat while sailing the Sumida River.