After your fantastic bonsai journey with us, your well-deserved break awaits!
But where in Japan?
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What is Shotengai?
In general, the term “Shotengai” refers to commercial areas lined with small shops and local vendors. It is widely available throughout Japan and is crucial in supplying locals with everyday necessities. It also draws a lot of visitors as an attractive location where they can experience native specialties or purchase lovely souvenirs to take home.
10 Best Shotengai
Tokyo is home to several Shotengai, and each one provides fun shopping opportunities with a variety of stores carrying one-of-a-kind goods. The following list includes ten fascinating Shotengai in Tokyo.
1. Ueno Ameyoko
One of Tokyo’s best known Shotengai is Ameya Yokocho, sometimes referred to as Ameyoko. It is situated on a tiny street that runs between JR Ueno and Okachimachi Station for about 500 meters.
The lively street is lined with 400 small businesses that offer a wide range of goods at reasonable prices. Many tourists from Japan and other countries come to Shotengai in search of an amazing shopping experience in Tokyo.
It began as a black market that mostly dealt with products from other countries shortly after World War II. Today, a wide variety of goods are available, including prepared food, fresh seafood, cosmetics, apparel, footwear, accessories, and many more!
2. Yanaka Ginza
Yanaka is a peaceful neighborhood close to JR Nippori station. It still has a lot of the old stores and traditional buildings from the Showa era, giving it a nostalgic feel.
Because of the warm and inviting locals in this place, it gives you the impression that you are in the past. The major retail strip here is the Yanaka Ginza, which is around 170 meters long and is lined with a variety of small businesses and merchants.
While strolling down the peaceful street and enjoying some native finger delicacies, try to uncover the seven hidden cat statues that are believed to bring good fortune.
The beautiful town of Sugamo is nestled in the Toshima ward. It is well known for being an old town, which appeals to the elderly in particular. Grandma and Grandpa’s Harajuku, also known as Sugamo Jizou-dori Shopping Street, is a symbolic shopping street that spans 800 meters and is teeming with local vendors and shops. They provide a variety of goods, including exquisite crafts and wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets.
In the middle of the retail strip rests the famous shrine Koganji.
Aside from that, another ancient shrine that residents adore is Shinshoji.
Shopping and local historical attractions can both be enjoyed in this place!
A number of shopping streets in Kichijoji provide a variety of shopping options. They constitute the perfect retail area for both tourists and locals because the majority of them are conveniently positioned close to JR Kichijoji station.
Go to Kichijoji Sunroad, a shopping complex with a variety of local businesses and modern fast-food restaurants.
Another retail district in Kichijoji is Kichijoji Nakamichi-dori, which has a calming ambiance created by chic boutiques and soothing cafes.
Visit Kichijoji Daiyagai on a rainy day to enjoy an interesting shopping experience while being shielded from the rain!
5. Togoshi Ginza
Togoshi Ginza, the longest retail street in Tokyo, is frequently highlighted on TV shows as a great destination to enjoy the wide selection of delectable meals.
About 400 stores along the 1.3 km-long street serve excellent local cuisine and distinctive goods. The Japanese crispy croquette, which is packed with mashed potatoes, ground beef, and veggies, is a must-try. Additionally, traditional Japanese foods like Taiyaki, a fish-shaped dessert packed with red bean paste, are incredibly tasty.
Since many items are sold in small quantities, it is simple to eat handheld food while moving around the street. Visit the Togoshi Ginza Information Center if you get lost or need assistance—it provides helpful services and information for visitors from across the world, too!
6. Asakusa Nakamise-dori
Asakusa’s neighborhood, which is brimming with ancient sites, is one of the most well-liked tourist destinations in Tokyo.
The main entrance to Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo, is along Nakamise-dori, a 250-meter-long commercial street lined with several stalls. Along with the temple itself, it has evolved throughout the years and now boasts a multitude of stores that draw an increasing number of tourists.
When you enter Sensoji temple through the distinctive red Kaminarimon Gate, you are greeted by the aroma of regional cuisine and vibrant gift stores offering local items. While traveling to the main temple, enjoy the street delicacies and browse for some unique souvenirs!
7. Ultraman Shotengai
Japanese people have cherished the fictitious superhero Ultraman for more than 40 years. It was produced by Tsuburaya Productions, a well-known film studio that formerly had its corporate offices in the Soshigaya region.
Three separate shopping districts were combined in 2005 to form Ultraman Shotengai, the new name for the place. Locals and Ultraman fans alike frequent these shops, which are conveniently placed near JR Soshigaya-okura station.
Fans love shopping at the neighborhood stores that sell authentic Ultraman-themed goods. Ultraman is easily recognizable everywhere, including on billboards, little flags hanging from storefronts, and the huge statue in front of the station!
It just takes 4 minutes to reach the Nakano district using the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku station. Over the past few decades, it has grown quickly, gaining a variety of new amenities and establishing neighborhood commercial areas near the station.
The north exit of Nakano Station extends 224 meters and also has a large number of small stores. This exit makes it easy to access Nakano Sunmall Shopping Street.
Stroll through the bustling shopping center until you reach Nakano Broadway, a sizable shopping center with a grocery store, apartments, and restaurants. With fascinating stores selling merchandise related to anime or manga, it is a well-liked destination for (foreign) tourists to experience some Japanese popular culture.
There are 17 separate shopping streets in Koenji, the majority of which are relatively close to JR Koenji station.
To the north of the station is the well-known shopping district known as Kouenji Junjou Shopping Street. Small stores that have been cherished by residents for years can be found there, but there are also a lot of lovely cafes, karaoke bars, music clubs, and Izakaya bars that appeal to younger visitors.
On the south side of the station, there is a shopping arcade called Koenji Pal Shopping Street. It is famous for hosting a sizable Awaodori (the Tokushima prefecture’s traditional dance style) event every August.
10. Sunamachi Ginza Shotengai
About 180 shops and restaurants can be found along this 670-meter-long strip. Locals adore Sunamachi Ginza Shotengai for its great food at reasonable prices. On the street, hospitable locals offer finger foods, so you can have delicious meals while walking. You can meet the most generous and warm-hearted people in Tokyo!
You can shop in a way that is different from going to major shopping malls by traveling to Shotengai. By participating in exciting events hosted by the neighborhood, you may also get to know the people there and develop relationships with them. Discover the nostalgic shopping districts and historical sites while savoring amazing local dishes!
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