Translated by Hilary Keyes
The Local Japanese Experience: Kanto's Top Shopping Streets
Written by Miho Moriya
A shotengai or shopping street, is a street lined with small shops that supports the daily lives of those living in the area. Here you can find greengrocers, fishmongers, delis and more.
Get Closer to the Daily Lives of the Japanese: Shotengai
A shotengai is a street or area with many small shops lining it on either side. Each shop tends to deal in items necessary for the lives of the local residents. As such, each shopping street throughout Japan has its own unique characteristics and charms.
Today, let's take a look at some of the most recommended shotengai in the Kanto area.
For Japanese Souvenirs! Asakusa
From: 8 Souvenirs From Asakusa's Nakamise-Dori
The street from Kaminarimon to Nakamise-dori that continues all the way up to Sensoji Temple is Japan's oldest shopping district; its history extends back over 100 years. This is the perfect place to find Japan-specific souvenirs, such as Japanese sweets, ukiyo-e prints, manekineko statues, and so much more. The seasonal views here are quite charming, but the sight of the street with its shutters closed at night is a must if you want to fully experience the atmosphere of the area.
From: Nishi Sando: Wooden Shopping Arcade in Asakusa
The Nishi Sando found on the lefthand side as viewed from the main hall of Sensoji Temple is Japan's first wooden shotengai. A colorful street, this is a great shopping street even just to take a stroll along.