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Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon)

Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #1 of 11 shopping in Taito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Shops, Historic Walking Areas
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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Just what I was looking for! I needed to buy some souvenirs for people back home and there were certainly a lot of that. We arrived around 12.30pm on a Friday so it wasn't overly busy and could get around quiet easily. We stopped at a restaurant in the covered part of the shopping strip, wish I could remember the... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a very good place for tourist souvenirs in the heart of a historic quarter of Tokyo. You can combine history, the Sensoji Temple, with shopping (and snacks). The shops, as with most shops in Japan, don't open until at least 10am, so go early for the temple, later for the shops. You must get your photo taken under... More

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Kawasaki, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

浅草の代表的なランドマーク。 前回行った時は、三社祭でこの提灯は縮んでいました。 平日でしたが、たくさんの外国人の方々がいらしてましたよ。 This is one of the famous places in Asakusa. During the Sanjya Festival on the third week of May, this large lantern will be shrunk, so that Mikoshi can run under the lantern. Even on the week day, I visited, there are many foreigners.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Nice walk around the shopping streets even though it was raining non-stop for few days this period. There is only one street that is covered but the main street is not covered. Some shops accept payment by credit cards with a minimum spending. There's a shop just near the shrine which sells yummy fried snack (small fried buns with different... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

it was incredibly crowded with lots school children - but that was part of the fun to watch them and take pictures. There are probably close to 100 stores which offer everything from those delightful Japanese fans to Kimonos, dried fruits skewered rice flour dumplings covered with soy powder and other local snacks I couldn't begin to identify . .... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

After passing through Kaminarimon Gate on your way to Senso-ji Temple, you will walk down this bustling little street. It is full of shops selling kitsch trinkets and cheap souvenirs. Plastic lanterns, models of nearby Tokyo Sky Tree, amine characters, you name it - its here. There are some good food stalls and the whole arcade is nicely decorated overhead... More

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Silsden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This is a great place to go for a Japanese market experience. Although too many 'cheap' trinkets available (just like everywhere else in the world), there are several stalls selling more interesting and useful wares. And there are plenty of food stalls selling traditional Japanese snacks - I love anpan, daifuku mochi, dorayaki, and youkan (something which is worth consuming... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

If you are not familiar with Tokyo street food or need to knock-out souvenir shopping for the kids back home, head to Nakamise. The stalls cover a couple blocks and you will find all the typical tourist souvenirs you need, interspersed with food stalls. If you see a line of Japanese, fall in place and order whatever they're having. Don't... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I loved this arcade, it may be too touristy but you can get most knick knacks here to bring back home. Stray away from the main street and you'll find yourself in alleyways with nice little Japanese restos that won't break your budget.

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Cologne, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The Nakamise shopping street starts after you entered the Kaminarimon and it's along the way to Sensoji Temple. You can find lots of souvenirs, traditional cookies and desserts stores on the left and right side of the street. The prices of the souvenirs are quite standard, so you don't need worry that you may get the same thing with so... More

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