First opening in 1966, the Sony Building attracts around 5.5 million visitors through its doors every year. The Sony building is a seven story showcase of electronic gadgets and gizmos from one of the world’s leading brands, Sony.
Here, you can have a hands on experience with just about every conceivable electronic product the Sony Corporation produces, from video and digital cameras, CD players, radios through to the latest MP3 players and plasma TV technology, this centre has it all.
The centre also has event space where various exhibitions are held, and a shop where you can purchase any of Sony’s wide range of products.
The Sony Building has free entry and is easily found on the corner of Harumi Street at the Sukiyabashi Crossroad. The Hankyu department store is opposite. It is only a short walk from B9 exit of the Ginza Subway station on the Ginza, Hibiya and Marunouchi lines. The centre is also just a few moments walk from the Ginza 4 Chome intersection or from JR Yurakucho Station on the Yamanote line. The Sony Building is open daily from 11 am.
Several shops, restaurants and even a British pub are located in the centre. A large underground mall features a tempura restaurant, as well as the scrumptious Maxim’s de Paris Cake Shop and french restaurant.
Update: The Sony Building has now closed for redevelopment. The space will reopen as a park for the 2020 Olympics and a new Sony Building will be built and open 2 years after that. Currently Sony’s product showcase is located one block away in the Nissan Crossing building and is roughly the same size showcase as their old building. See our story on Nissan Crossing for more info.
More details can be found on Sony’s website http://www.sonybuilding.jp