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Mitsukoshi, Ginza

4-6-16 Ginza
Tel: 81 3 5562 1111
Metro: Ginza's insider take:

Don't leave Tokyo without seeing the basement food hall of a local department store, known as a depachika. The depachika at Mitsukoshi's Ginza branch is one of the best and takes up a couple of floors. It has the atmosphere of a street market, with vendors hawking their wares at full voice. If you're not on the hunt for fresh fish or meat, there are also scores of counters selling Japanese cakes, sweets, and green tea, all perfectly wrapped and presented. Rice crackers—or senbei—make great (and easily packed) gifts.

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