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Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon)

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Address: Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
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Come here with an empty stomach

I never get tired of checking out all the souvenir stores and the snack shops here. It's worth trying everything if you're not too fussy with food because some of the food stuff... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I never get tired of checking out all the souvenir stores and the snack shops here. It's worth trying everything if you're not too fussy with food because some of the food stuff can only be found here. There is also a 'no eating while walking' rule. So if you bought some snacks to munch on, make sure you stand... More 

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Denver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Nakamise Shopping Street is great place to people watch, try some Japanese confections, and shop for souvenirs. it can be very crowded, but it is worth visiting. Pick a nice day to go. Some of the shop owners have changed since my past visit in 2012.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The main axis to Sensoji - you really can't miss walking down Nakamise Shopping Street. You can look into all the stalls and see what's on offer without making a single purchase. Or not. We wanted to find a woven yukata sash and found a small stall selling just what we wanted. We bargained - even though we were a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Very colorful and crowded with high end to low end merchandise including some handmade local crafts also food stalls selling sweets, crackers and icecream. Many restaurants and stores off the side streets. Check your prices the low end merchandise is made in china the higher end better quality is from japan. The crowds move slowly and you can easily spend... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I loved this busy and bustling street filled with about 90 stores dating from the Edo period. It runs about 250m long and you can buy anything here from inexpensive souvenirs to more expensive and beautiful local craft work. Also lots of local snacks and interesting ice cream combinations that were delicious. Would definitely recommend going and I will be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Nakamise is a bit touristy but for Japanese tourists as well, we found it quite pleasant and snacked our way through the variety of local sweets and crackers made fresh in front of you. We found most of the stall staff friendly and helpful, it is definitely worth a stroll if you are visiting the temple.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We stopped here on our Hato Bus tour of Tokyo. It was dark and raining when we arrived, but that didn't make it any less busy. It is basically a long lane of small shops selling souvenirs, clothes, sweets, and foods. It is bright and colourful, particularly after dark.There are also some side streets with covered shopping areas. (handy in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

There are many great places for shopping in Asakusa. I recommend the backstreets. Nakamise is interesting from the point of being a tourist trap and having a great deal of variety, but most things of course, are slightly overpriced and almost every shop is packed with items that have next to nothing to do with actual Japan. Some shop staff... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

It's nothing just a shopping street and located before you enter the temple. It's full mini stores, selling Japanese souvenirs and food/cake. Whatever you souvenir that you want to buy, they have it : t-shirt, wood sword, fan, yukata, key chain, refrigerator magnet, etc. Just be carefull of the price, they are not cheap. I personally buy some red bean... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The street was definitely pretty and worth stopping at, but most shops are filled with overpriced souvenirs.

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.