Translated by MATCHA
Enjoy Treats As You Walk And A Stunning Red Sunset: Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street
Yanaka Ginza is a great retro shopping street where you can not only enjoy many different delicious foods as you stroll, but also find plenty of bargains, see a brilliant red sunset at night and lots of friendly neighborhood cats too.
Written by Takuro Komatsuzaki
Yanaka Ginza, a city where people and cats live together. This shopping street is a mere three minute walk from JR Nippori Station’s west exit. Thanks to its historical atmosphere, this shopping street has a much calmer and more relaxed air to it than what you will find in places like Shibuya or Shinjuku. If you would like to see some uniquely Japanese sights and try various delicious treats, a trip to Yanaka Ginza is a must.
Delicious Foods on the Go
This 200m long shopping street has over 60 different stores to see.
Here is a deli, selling different fried Japanese foods. You can pick up some croquettes here for as little as 30 yen each at this shop.
There are greengrocers, fishmongers, butchers and other specialty food stores running along both sides of the street.
This isn’t just a great place to find Japanese food though, there are also many little boutique stores tucked in along the way as well, such as this shop selling leather bags.
The Yanaka Cats and Yuyake Dandan Stairs
At the one end of the shopping street you will see a flight of stairs. Known as the Yuyake Dandan, the top of these steps offers a magnificent view of the sunset, which colors the area a vivid crimson on clear days. This is a famous photography spot, and you will find numerous people with their cameras here any day of the year.
Domestic and international tourists alike come here to take photos of the street, and of the sunset as well.
Some even stop to take commemorative photos of their trip too.
All around the Yuyake Dandan you will find the famous Yanaka cats. These friendly ‘wild’ cats spend all their time relaxing and visiting those that come to these steps, so please say hello to them too!
If you would like to try some delicious Japanese food, see unique little boutiques, an amazing sunset and lots of friendly cats, a trip to the Yanaka Ginza shopping street is perfect for you. Please make this a part of your trip to Tokyo, you won’t regret it.
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Yanaka 3-13-1
Hours: Vary by store
Nearest Station: JR Nippori Station, Sendagi Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)
Access: 5 minute walk from West Exit of JR Nippori Station, 3 minute walk from Sendagi Station
Phone Number: 03-3821-9123
Website: Yanaka Ginza (Japanese)