6 Popular Shopping Spots in Tokyo That are Bustling with Tourists
In Tokyo you will find many tourists who are visiting Japan. In Tokyo among other things, we will introduce shopping spots that are popular with tourists visiting Japan.
Tokyo’s famous tourist spot at the under Tokyo Skytree is “Tokyo Solamachi”. With over 300 shops and restaurants together in the building, you can spend an entire day without getting bored. Here at Tokyo Solamachi, each area has a special characteristic. For example, the shops lined up along the approximate 120m passage on the East Yard 1st floor “Solamachi Shopping District” reproduces the atmosphere of Tokyo’s downtown shopping area. You can have fun shopping in this ambience and then relax at a cafe. The “Japan Souvenir” area on the East Yard 4th floor has become a floor with the theme of shops from the Edo period and you can buy character goods, food samples and so on. Since there are many Japanese style miscellaneous goods stores, it’s the most suitable place for souvenirs. On the East Yard’s 5th floor, in the “Japan Experience Zone”, you can experience and study Japanese culture, history, arts and crafts.
Harajuku’s Takeshita Dori has shops that are packed with elements of Japanese pop culture. For persons interested in “KAWAII culture” in particular then this is a recommended tourist spot. For example, the shop “Paris Kids” is popular among young people. Almost all the items inside the store costs 324JPY (tax included), the cute and cheap accessories makes it a big hit among young people. Others include the Gothic and Lolita style shops, imported confectionery stores, crepe stands and plenty of other amazingly cute and fun stores. If you come to Tokyo, this is a place we’d like you to visit.
In downtown Tokyo’s Asakusa area there is a street called “Kappabashi Dougu Street” where there are various wholesale stores for items like tableware and cookware. Worthy of special mention are the food sample specialty shops! The food samples are crafted by Japanese artisans and you can see the fastidious attention to detail and the kind of quality that mirrors the real deal. At restaurants and the like, virtually all the food samples on display can be purchased in the forms of keyrings, straps, magnets etc. In addition to the food samples, you can also get anything from Japanese cooking products to cookware for business purposes. It’s a must-go for persons who love cooking and even if you don’t, you’re sure to have fun shopping in this street.
Near to Ueno station is the shopping street Ameya Yokocho (popularly called “AmeYoko”) which spans a space of approximately 400m that is clamoring with shops selling watches and precious metals, clothes and shoes, foodstuff and seafood and so on. With every item possible available for a cheap price, it has become a popular shopping spot for tourists. In particular, you can purchase items like fresh seafood and fruits, dried fish with a long shelf life for prices that are quite close to wholesale prices and there are also duty-free stores for tourists. Also, something you would definitely want to see is AmeYoko’s famous chocolate “Tataki-uri”. The salesperson giving a lively running commentary while steadily filling a bag with chocolates and sweets in front of customers is something worth seeing. The sum total of the candy might be around 2,500JPY to name a price, but you can buy the entire bag for just 1,000JPY (tax included) and so on. For these amazing bargains, droves of Japanese persons and tourists alike pay a visit here.
Ginza is not only Tokyo's but Japan's famous traditional shopping district. Large department stores like Mitsukoshi and Matsuya, global brand shops and the stores that have been in business for numerous years all stand side by side. There are also many spots where you can experience culture and the fine arts like Kabuki-za, theatres, galleries and so on. High quality gourmet and popular restaurants are also plentiful so you can definitely say that Ginza is the place where all the first class shops are. In the heart of Ginza, at the 4-chome intersection is the “Wako Main Building”, a symbol of Ginza. It’s appearance is also a photo spot for tourists.
If you like Japanese anime, manga and games then Akihabara is a place you have to visit. There are anime, manga and game specialty shops as well as maid cafes, game centers and more making it known around the world as an epicenter of otaku culture. Also, it’s history as an electric town means that wholesale store are a given. Along the narrow streets you can find the specialty stores that handle secondhand electric parts and cater to true enthusiasts. However, it should be assumed that many of the items in these secondhand and junk parts stores are meant to be used within Japan so be sure to confirm with the shop staff before you purchase anything.
Did anything strike your fancy? These spots are great for shopping of course but it’s sure to be fun just talking a walk and looking around. In the event that you come to Japan, please try to go out to these spots.
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