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Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon)

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
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.... Oh but the crowds :(

The Kaminarimon Gate is amazing - yes you must see it and also make your way to the Shrine, but you have to get through the crowds. The shops tend to sell the same things, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Florence B
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The Kaminarimon Gate is amazing - yes you must see it and also make your way to the Shrine, but you have to get through the crowds. The shops tend to sell the same things, but I did find a lovely little shop that sells wood block prints "Ukiyo-e Gallery, Sakai Kokodo Yamafuji" - and quite cheaply, plus there were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We made a trip here to buy souvenirs! The shops all sell pretty much the same stuff (competition should keep the prices lower right?) but some shops are cheaper than others (so do compare a bit before buying from the first shop). There's a really nice tempura/tendon restaurant called Daikokuya (大黑家) in one of the alleys on the left before... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Essentially this is the walkway to Senso-ji. It is a super crowded, touristy (which is fine by me), shopping street fair with food and lots of tourist stuff. A must do...but not anything special...can see similar street fair in several parts of Japan (and it's no more special than any other street fair around the world).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

An interesting street to watch people eat and shop. A nice place to shop for souvenirs and try out all the sweets, crackers and snacks (like we did) which eventually lead to you Sensoji temple. Very crowded and busy but worth visiting. I will definitely go again should I visit Asakusa next time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

we were here in Cherry Blossom season so it was very busy! but the area is lovely and there are heaps of shops to check out. we bought lots of little souvenirs and it has quite a outdoor market atmosphere. There are temples and cherry blossoms nearby so there is lots to do in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Go first to the Asakusa Kannon Temple which is beautiful, the shopping street is the other side of the main gate. There are lots of souvenir shops along there with lovely things to buy, not too expensive. There are also loads of small stalls selling different types of snack foods. The most popular ones have queues of local people, so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It's worth battling the crowds in Nakamise Street on your way to Sensoji Temple. There are some wonderful little shops and lots to see. If you can, step into one of the side alleys and explore the shops there. It's not quite so crowded and you might find a treasure or two. We enjoyed watching the cooks making ningyo-yaki, small... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Stores that dates back to Edo era.. It's amazing to browse around from one shop to another. Try all the food if you can...but it's advicable to eat in their shops. The area is super clean...hardly any rubbish on the floor. The display of beautiful kimono's is just so eye catching. How intricate it looks. At the end of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Reading the other reviews, you would think that Nakamise Shopping Street is only for tourists. However, the little gift shops are the minority of stores in this wonderful little area. There are shoe, clothing, bag, kimono... Name it and it is there. I actually walked from the Asakusabashi Station up to the entrance to the Nakamise Streets. It was only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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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.