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Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon)

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Address: Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
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Shopping and people watching among the cherry blossoms

We went souvenir shopping and people watching on the Nakamise Shopping Street in early April. Bring your camera. Of course it was crowded, but that is part of the experience... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The narrow path leading up to the asakusa temple has souvenir shops on both sides and lots of tourists inside. We got down after the river cruise at asakusa and first saw the Tokyo sky tree along with the flame sculpture on asahi building ( some call it the turd) from the boat stop. We then walked to nakamise street,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

雷門,a must visit place while you are in Tokyo. There are many thanks things you can experience on the path to Asakusa temple. Spend 100yen to draw a fortune stick is also fun. Wish you all enjoy it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We went souvenir shopping and people watching on the Nakamise Shopping Street in early April. Bring your camera. Of course it was crowded, but that is part of the experience. It was also peek day for cherry blossoms so it was extra crowed, but again you just go with the flow. Lots of little stands with all kinds of inexpensive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Nakamise Dori is between the Sensoji Temple’s front entrance and the temple itself. It is full of souvenir shops and other stalls selling various confections. There are side streets that one should visit.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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

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

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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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.
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