In the past, Asakusa was a famous entertainment district in Tokyo. It was greatly damaged during the air raids of World War II and the reconstruction has changed the overall atmosphere of the place. There are still places that exclude the rough and unique atmosphere of a rustic old Tokyo and surprisingly, it is very popular with the tourists.
Today, one of the main attraction of the city is the famous Sensoji Temple that was built in the early 7th century. On the way to the temple, you’re bound to find yourself in well-known shopping streets where you can buy almost anything and a great place to buy souvenirs if you are a tourist.
Here are some of the popular shopping destinations in Asakusa.
1. Nakamise Dori
Nakamise Dori is the famous shopping street that you’ll encounter on the way to Sensoji Temple. These old and historical stores offer a wide range of irresistible goods, especially for those who are looking for souvenirs to bring back home. Nakamise Dori is said to be one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan and estimated to have 89 shops in 250 meters.
There are plenty of street foods along the way so feel free to pick out your favorite!
Address: Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
EKIMISE is a relatively new store that is connected to the Tobu Sky Tree line in Asakusa. This modern shopping complex houses many interesting shops that cater to a wide range of products. You can also enjoy a view of the Tokyo Sky Tree on its roof terrace.
Address: 1-4-1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo
3. Marugoto Nippon
Marugoto Nippon was built in Asakusa in 2015 and is one of the newest multi-level store that offers unique products such as locally made “handcrafted products”, fashion stores, restaurants, and other traditional Japanese crafts. There are some stores in Marugoto Nippon that sells other products that come from all over the country, which is perfect for those who are looking for things that you cannot find in Tokyo.
Address: 2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://marugotonippon.com (Japanese Only)
4. Asakusa Denboin Dori Street
Denboin Dori is another famous shopping street in Asakusa. This broad shopping street excludes a rustic atmosphere and a great place to shop for souvenirs. There are also plenty of stores that sell a wide variety of snacks that are only found in Asakusa. There are some shops that sells traditional hand made crafts such as Edo Kiriko glass, accessories, and tenugui towels.
Address: Taito, Tokyo Prefecture
Website: http://www.denbouin-dori.com/ (Japanese Only)
5. Asakusa MATSUYA
MATSUYA department store has been in Asakusa for a very long time. You can also consider it as a One-stop shop, on which you can buy traditional Japanese products and the latest fashion merchandise in Asakusa. Don’t forget to taste Depachika’s delicious foods before you leave!
Address: 1-4-1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0033
6. Kappa Bashi – Kitchenware
Kappa Bashi is the famous Kitchen shopping street in Asakusa. A great place to buy cooking utensils for aspiring chefs and for those who have a passion for cooking. With so many wares to choose from, you’re bound to find the best pots, pans, stove, ladles, and utensils for your kitchen. Most of the shops in Kappa Bashi are closed during Sundays because they are for professionals.
Address: 3 Chome-18-2 Matsugaya Taito-ku, Tokyo
7. Asakusa ROX
Asakusa ROX is a mini shopping mall with a 24-hour supermarket in Asakusa. Just a 5-minute walk from Sensoji Temple, Asakusa ROX also have saunas and public baths that offer a great view of the Tokyo Sky Tree.
Address: 1-25-15 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo
Website: http://www.rox.co.jp (Japanese Only)
8. DON QUIJOTE
Don Quijote, sometimes referred to as Donki is a famous convenience store in Japan. Here you’ll find popular and common daily products at discounted prices. Many people visit Donki to look for cheap snacks, cosmetics, food ingredients, kitchenware, electronics, and other items that are used on a daily basis.
Address: 2-10, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
9. CEDOKzakka store
CEDOKzakka is a unique shop in Asakusa that sells Czech furniture and other Eastern European goods. They also have picture books, toys, and other miscellaneous goods that are well suited for children of all ages.
Address: 1 Chome-7-12 Komagata Taito Tokyo
Website: http://www.cedok.org (Japanese Only)
This is an exclusive store that is founded by Maito Kumoro and specializes in selling natural dyed fabrics. The dyes that are used in this store are extracted from flowers using the traditional kusakizome dyeing technique. There are also shirts, bags, and other items that are only exclusively found in this atelier.
Address: 111-0051 Taito-ku, Tokyo Kuramae 4-14-12 1F
Data is as of December 2016
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