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谷中銀座 Yanaka Ginza

  • Shopping (Shopping areas)
  • Ueno / Asakusa / Tokyo Skytree Area
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  • Price RangeAdmission free
  • ClosedOpen Every Day

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Ueno / Asakusa / Tokyo Skytree Area
3-13-1 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0001, Japan
  • Shopping (Shopping areas)
Opening Hours
Open Every Day
Price Range
Admission free
Date of post:2015/04/27

One of the famous and Japanese favourite old towns

  • City Walking

Yanaka Ginza is an old shopping street which Japanese feel a good old memory, even if it's the first time to visit. For non-Japanese tourists, it should be seen as New instead, if you are getting a bit tired of looking at too much Japanese technology, to many high-rise buildings and the hustle-bustle of shopping streets. The shopping street stretches for more or less 200 meters, and lined with about 70 shops, some of which are time-honoured and you can enjoy shopping for Japanese items such as traditional Japanese sandals and toys for children.

Also the treat here is to buy some snacks and eat on your way; croquette (when you pronounce it in Japanese way, try kolokke) doughnut and other Japanese sweets...

The stairs nicknamed for Yanake-dandan (literally The Sunset stairs) is famous here and attracts lots of visitors. Actually the sunset from the stairs is beautiful. Around the town, you can just hang around and soak up the atmosphere of Japanese old town. As you walk, you might notice soon that there are many temples here. Yes, it's been a town which has been guarded by the temples in this area longtime.

Manners: After eating snacks, take your trash with you or put it in the trash can of the shop you bought the item. Also, please take care about others' clothing while eating.
If you wish to take photos of people and shops, please ask them for permission. Taking photo of the products inside stores is not usually allowed.

Date of post:2015/04/23

You can find good old Japan in a big city!

  • City Walking

You may think that Tokyo is a big city only with modern buildings. But you will change your recognition if you visit Yanaka. This area is not far from the center of Tokyo, but keeps the old and tranquil atmosphere. There are many Buddhist temples, old houses and a big cemetery. The wall called Tsuijibei was constructed during the feudal time. You may feel like you are in the feudal time.

The center of Yanaka area, there is a short and narrow shopping street called Yanaka Ginza. This is one of the typical shopping streets for local people. They sell the things for daily living such as home-style foods & sweets, kimono, traditional sandals, ceramics, green tea, sundry goods, etc. I recommend trying to eat Menchikatsu (breaded deep-fried ground meat cutlet). You can buy it for ¥200 (JPY) at Nikuno-Suzuki store.

Yanaka is also called cat town. You may find the local cats and also in Yanaka Ginza, you will find many figurines of cat.

At the entrance of the shopping street, there are steps called Yuyake-Dandan which means sunset steps. It is named not only for the beautiful landscape from the top but also if you come here for the sunset time, you will feel the real nostalgia that Japanese people have in mind!

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