Asakusa Nakamise-dori Street

Asakusa Nakamise-dori Street © T.Sasaki

Shopping street located near Sensoji Temple

Nakamise-dori Street extends 250m from Sensoji Temple’s Kaminari-mon Entrance to Hozo-mon Entrance.  It is one of Japan’s oldest shopping streets, or shopping malls and has been a crowded main street from the Edo period.  Approximately 90 stores line this street.  Traditional snacks such Kaminari-okoshi (Crispy rice snack) and Ningyo-yaki (Cake with red bean filling), Japanese-style accessories, toys, fans, and hair ornaments are some of the things that can be found here.  This street full of traditional Japanese items, combined with the decorative lanterns, seasonal decorations and cobble stones, creates an atmosphere that is unmistakably Japanese.

Japanese gifts and snacks are plentiful at Nakamise-dori Street, however, it is even enough just to take a stroll and take in the view.  After the shops close at night, visitors are able to see a different side of Nakamise-dori Street.  On the shutters of the stores, are drawings that depict the history of Sensoji and the four seasons.  This is called, "Shutter Hekiga Asakusa Emaki" which is, "shutter mural Asakusa picture scroll".  Hours of operation vary by store, but are approximately 9:00AM to 7:00PM, please check their website for additional holiday closings.

Access

By train: Asakusa Station on the Tobu Railway Isesaki Line.  Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Toei Asakusa Line.  By bus: Tobu Asakusa-mae stop or Asakusa Kaminari-mon stop on the Toei Bus.  Asakusa Matsuya-nishi stop on the Taito-ku Bus Kita-megurin Line.  By car: Komagata exit of the Shuto (Metropolitan) Highway #6 Mukojima Line.  Mukojima Exit is the nearest interchange and can also be used.  There is no dedicated parking lot.  Paid parking lots are available near by.




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Description: Asakusa Nakamise-dori Street

Sights Asakusa Nakamise-dori Street (仲見世通り)
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Address Tokyo, Taito-ku, Asakusa 1‐36‐3
東京都台東区浅草1-36-3
Phone / Fax Phone: 03-3844-3350 / Fax: 03-3844-3323
Website
Duration 1Hour(s)
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller


Map: Asakusa Nakamise-dori Street