Shopping Sensō-ji 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa Taito, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan Published on: 10-04-2016
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Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon) is good for
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Why Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon) is special ?
Nakamise Dori is the best place in Tokyo to buy souvenirs. It's a 250 meter (800 foot) shopping street that leads to Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest and most visited temple.
There are around 90 shops on the street that sell snacks and souvenirs to the throngs of domestic and international tourists who visit the area. There has been a tourist market here since the 17th century. Many of the shops have been run by the same family for many generations.
What to explore at Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon)?
Nakamise-dori is a good place to try Japanese street food.
The souvenirs on the street target both domestic and international tourists. They range from outrageously cheesy items to authentic and useful souvenirs. Amongst the later category it's possible to find traditional items such as Japanese chopsticks, yukata, geta, wooden combs, fabrics and folding fans.
Tori No Ichi Fair
On the days of the rooster in November according to the Chinese zodiac calendar a special event is held to sell kumade bamboo rakes. These are supposed to be lucky for business.
The event has been held for over 300 years in front of Sensoji. It attracts a large number of local small business owners.
When a rake is sold the buyer and seller perform a ritual hand clapping ceremony known as tejime together. It's an interesting thing to see. New Years Market
Towards the end of December, the market sells traditional New Years items. This mostly attracts locals stocking up for the holidays. In many ways it resembles the Christmas markets of Europe.
How to get to Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon)?
3 minutes on foot from Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or the Toei Subway Asakusa Line or the Tobu Line (Skytree Line), or 10 minutes on foot from Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express Line
- The Bazaar of Tokyo
- Come here with an empty stomach
- Comfortable walking (shopping) street
- A "Must See" Place
- Busy Souvenir & Sweets Market
Sensō-ji 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa Taito, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Tips for you
If you visit in November, try to be there for the Tori no Ichi Fair (open-air market) on the day of the Tori (Rooster). During this festival beautifully decorated rakes (kumade) are sold at many of the stalls along with lots vendors selling tasty treats from okonomiyaki and squid to sweets.Things to do
You can not visit the Sensoji Buddhist Temple, also called the Asakusa Kannon Temple without falling onto Nakamise shopping street. The street starts from the edge of the temple and leads to the outer gate, so in leaving the temple, this is the most common way to exit and of course walk past hundreds of small shops selling every souvenir, rice cakes and every other article imaginable. To get to the Asakusa area, you should take the Tobu line and get off at Asakusa. The Ginza line also serves this station. If in the market for souvenirs to take home, you will find them here, and the prices are reasonable as there is enormous competition from all the vendors. There are some Japanese specialties and goodies to munch on, if you have room. Avoid the area on weekends and holidays as the area is very popular with locals as well as tourists. Off the Nakamise is a side street with essentially the same stuff however it is a covered street, so a good refuge from the hot sun or the rain and cold. I browse as I leave the temple, but you might want to fight the crowds and do some shopping.
Nakamise situated just on the entrance of Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. It's lots of shop selling speciality foods and souvenirs. I especially love the kokeshi doll and keychain (or cellphone charm). Compared to other market I visited in Tokyo, Nakamise market give the best price (cheapest) among all. Also,it's the easiest place to find traditional 'omiyage' (souvenirs/gifts) such as yukata, kokeshi, fan, traditional foods, etc. Oot, if you are looking for kitchenware goods, you can go to Kappabashi road near Asakusa. Must try food is Meron-pan bread (sort of milk bread, if i'm not mistaken) and ice cream, the shop is located near the entrance to the temple.