The Togoshi Ginza Shōtengai is the longest shopping street in Tokyo (about 1.6 km long) that travels through Nishishinagawa municipalities in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward. It’s actually three distinct shōtengai running end to end, the Shōeikai, Chūōgai and Ginrokukai, though a commercial entity promotes all of them under the federated banner of Togoshi Ginza. The friendly, sober, but always lively neighborhood shopping district would be difficult to confuse with Tokyo’s famous Ginza district to the north, though the two places have an interesting connection. Leftover bricks from the rebuilding of Ginza after the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923 were given to Togoshi, which used them to construct the shōtengai, thus Togoshi Ginza Shōtengai.
It is starting at the west end; Shōeikai begins at Nakahara Kaido and runs to Togoshi Ginza Station on the Tōkyū Ikegami Line. People come to this Shōtengai for shopping, eating or just walking around. It’s also a place for social interaction, so you’ll find neighbors and friends catching up and start to chat together.
There’s even the odd goofy looking foreigner with a camera. The street has about 400 shops and has about 10000 visitors on any given weekday. It’s also regularly featured by Japanese TV shows and magazines but strangely not found on guidebooks. Every 100 meters, either on or just off to the side of the Shōtengai, is some markets of many kinds.
You don’t need to walk more than few minutes to get food. Even you can try to get some freshly-fried croquettes and eat directly during waling on the Shotengai! Interesting? Please check it out!
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