5 Best Shopping Streets in Tokyo
Old Shopping Districts in Tokyo
For tourists who look forward to shopping and eating in Tokyo, shopping streets (which is called “Shotengai” in Japanese) are one of the best places to visit. Numerous local towns in Tokyo have good-old shopping streets that local people have loved to shop and eat for their livings for a long time.
The popular shopping street towns in Tokyo, which are less known than the famous tourist towns like Shibuya, Akihabara and Asakusa, have attracted more international travelers recently. They can enjoy eating local snacks, drinking, shopping Japanese items and visit other hidden spots.
Here are 5 best shopping streets in Tokyo for foodies and shoppers.
Yanaka(谷中) is a town where you can experience Japanese traditional lifestyle. Yanaka’s shopping district called “Yanaka Ginza” is the main attraction in Yanaka. Just for your information that “Ginza” in the name has nothing to do with Ginza of the most expensive area in Japan. This shopping street always had essential products for daily lives of Japanese. Therefore, I think it might be a good idea to buy your friend’s souvenirs here in Yanaka Ginza. There are also Japanese street foods such as Korokke (コロッケ), ice cream and dumplings etc. so you will not get tired of spending time there. I hope you can have relaxing time with your family in Yanaka.
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Kichijoji (吉祥寺) is famous for been ranked many times in various media for the most comfortable city to live in Japan. For these reasons, Kichijoji is also a crowded residential area. Therefore, there are many bars, restaurants and shopping areas such as SunRoad Shopping Street, Harmonica Yokocho, etc., and the town is very rich in variations of food culture. There are various shops such as 100 yen shops and clothing stores and food stalls in SunRoad Shopping Street and Daiya Shopping Arcade. I hope you will spend a day enjoying a unique experience in Kichijoji.
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Next Tokyo shopping street is Togoshi Ginza(戸越銀座). The only purpose of you visiting Togoshi Ginza will be eating foods. Shopping street of Togoshi Ginza is about 1.3 kilometers long, and it may take almost two hours just exploring this main road. There are countless number of stalls in the shopping area, and you will see various Japanese unique street foods such as Oden, korokke, and Mochi, these street foods or snacks are sold in a small unit, so you may try eating all kinds of foods there. there are even famous for desserts like ice cream and green tea parfait, and you will never get bored of exploring this town. One shop I want you to visit in Togoshi Ginza is a specialty store for salt called Solco. There they sell salt that you probably haven’t seen before. Apparently, the truffle salt is their bestselling item, cannot imagine how it would taste like, but may give your every day dinner a sensational change.
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Here, Sunamachi Ginza (砂町銀座), is a place where it takes a 15-minute walk from the surrounding stations, despite the inconvenient location of Sunamachi Ginza, it has been always attracting gourmet people. The Sunamachi Ginza shopping district, with a total length of approximately 700 meters, is lined with classic Japanese specialty restaurants for hot pot, oden and yakitori. Sunamachi Ginza shopping district is especially popular for its price and quality. Most of the tasty street foods can be bought form 100 yen. You can also feel the warmth of people in this shopping street that has been around for a century. I personally strongly recommend you go there on the 10th of every month since there will be a discount sale in the supermarkets in Sunamachi Ginza, it will be intensely crowded on that day, but it is absolutely worth seeing.
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