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Yanaka is very rustic and nostalgic place. Yanaka Ginza shopping district is one of the place where you must t …

Yanaka is very rustic and nostalgic place. Yanaka Ginza shopping district is one of the place where you must to go. You might feel Asakusa is traditional downtown, but actually Asakusa is a tourism place now. If you want to discover an alive and real Japanese traditional downtown, Yanaka is going to be your choice. There is located within 5 minutes from Nippori station, 5 minutes from Sendagi station and 10 minutes from Nishi-Nippori station.

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The entrance to the street is called “Yuyake dan dan” literally meaning “Sunset stairs,” because of its popularity for beautiful sunsets. This street was established in 1945 in a spontaneous manner, and there are more than 70 different shops lined up along the street.

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There are old traditional handmade crafts that are arranged with a bit of modern Japanese taste. These are some of the best gifts for your friends. You can also eat many different foods and delicious sweets ‘on the go’ while shopping.

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Once you enter the shopping street, you’ll see cats sleeping and relaxing. If you look at the shop’s signboards, you’ll find feline statues or feline related images that resemble real cats. Finding “hidden cats” is also a part of the fun. End your stroll with a pit stop at SCAI the Bathhouse, a former bathhouse turned into a sophisticated art space. This area is also where the Yanaka cemetery and Nezu Shrine are located. These are great areas for taking a walk. If you are going to stay in Tokyo, you should plan to spend half a day visiting these areas. Please check it out!

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Station

Nippori,Sendagi,Nezu,Nishi-nippori

Price

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varies according to the shop~varies according to the shop