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2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

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Address: 5-9 Ueno, Taito 110-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 3-6806-0254
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A bunch of shops under the station.. The place itself is really amazing and even if you don't buy, the objects and the shops are really beautiful.. You can see and feel the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Bologna, Italy
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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A bunch of shops under the station.. The place itself is really amazing and even if you don't buy, the objects and the shops are really beautiful.. You can see and feel the difference between craftsmanship and industrial production..

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Canberra, Australia
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474 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed seeing such a wide range of hand made items crafted in Japan. With a somewhat limited budget there was plenty of looking - although I couldn't resist getting a wooden lacquer bowl designed for people with difficulties holding cups/bowls to give to a special friend. I also picked up a quirky little brooch for my daughter made from... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled across this hidden gem as we traversed Akihabara and ended up spending hours there immersed and revelling in the array of beautiful hand made artisan products. Well worth a visit if you're in the vicinity

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Thank theJatz
Corvallis, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

If you want Monchichi keychains and Hello Kitty in kimono, look elsewhere - here you'll only find the highest quality artisan crafts and beautiful handmade items. This place was well worth the trip to Akihabara and a much needed escape from cheap, made in China souvenirs and swarms of school children. We ended up spending way more time here than... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

Take a break from hectic Akihabara and visit this really nice small mall with artisan shops. You will find lots of handmade Japanese items and great gifts.

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Thank Tut68
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

A bright modern mall is a delightful site to shop for traditional crafts, handbags, hand dyed towels (tenugui), jewelry, tshirts, leather goods, woodwork, metalware, kitchenware, and more. Several shops had "make & take" tables set up for children & adults. I plan to return there whenever I'm in Tokyo!

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Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

About 50 small retail shops make up this quaint shopping mall inside and under the railroad tracks at ground level a short 5 minute walk east from Suehirocho station on Kuramaebashi Dori. It's a longer walk from Akihabara station. All shops feature Japanese craft, too many to list, and you can easily spend several hours browsing. The hat store in... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Skip Akihabara, and come here. It is located under the train tracks but is very well presented. Lots of Japanese made products, from leather goods, to pottery to coffee beans. Give the coffee here a try if the cans of BOSS aren't doing it for you; just remember to ask for milk. This is also the area where you can... More 

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South Carolina
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

When I travel, I prefer to purchase items made locally - these little shops were amazing. After shopping, we stopped in a little cafe called Boo in the marketplace. My spouse is vegetarian and only meat items were on the lunch menu, they happily created a special meal for him! Food was very yummy. Highly recommend a visit - short... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

Little gems under the railway. These little craft stores are full of magic, from the wooden pieces, to masterful pieces of leather, and the quirky. The imaginative can spend an age, the rest will walk around and smile at the unusual. It isn't hard to find, just follow the railway line from the Akiharbira station. My recommendation is finish with... 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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