Mitsukoshi Roof Top Garden – Ginza
The famous, and very expensive, Mitsukoshi department store in Ginza has a well kept secret in it rooftop garden, one of the few green areas of Tokyo’s posh Ginza district. The rooftop garden has been around for a few years now and it is getting better every summer with more greenery, more flowers and more visitors. The department store is built in such a way that there is almost a second a department store on top of the first, with some very nice and quite reasonable (at least for Ginza) restaurants, art space and shops. Well worth a visit! Naturally, in the summer this garden gets a lot of visits from the bees of the Ginpachi beekeeping project I wrote about a couple of weeks ago and I remember seeing the little guys in action when I visited this place last summer and took these photos. There’s even a little shrine on the side of the garden which has services open to all once a month (I think). So the next time you are in Ginza, take a few minutes and get above street level to this oasis in the middle of the concrete!