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Your Go-To Asakusa Souvenir Shopping Guide!

Your Go-To Asakusa Souvenir Shopping Guide!

Tokyo 2015.08.15 Bookmark

Asakusa is not only a great sightseeing destination but also a great place to purchase souvenirs from! This article is a guide to the best souvenir shops in Asakusa.

Translated by Hanni T.

Written by Koshizuka Misato

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Souvenir hunting is one of the fun parts of a trip! As one of the greatest tourist spots in Japan, there are many souvenir shops in Asakusa.

Yet choosing souvenirs from the countless shops here can be quite the difficult task. In this article, we'll introduce some shops in Asakusa for any mystified visitors. Megastores and shops of varying price ranges and categories will be introduced so that you might complete your shopping lists all in one station, without walking around aimlessly.

Shop for Traditional Snacks at Nakamise-Dori in Front of Sensoji Temple!

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The entrance connected to Sensoji is called Nakamise-Dori and is one of the many historical shopping streets in the area. It spans over 250m and there are 89 shops here.

Artisans bake rice crackers and doll cakes one by one at these shops on Nakamise-Dori. Most shops here have quite a long history, and it is an ideal place for purchasing some traditional snacks.

Japanese snacks are affordable, tasty, and perfect as souvenirs. Also, they are the ideal treat for when you're walking around Asakusa. Tons of other souvenirs are also available here and you should definitely pay these shops a visit.

Nakamise-Dori
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa, Nakamise-Dori
Hours: 9:00-19:00 (varies store to store)
Closed: Varies
Credit Cards: Varies
Access: 3 minute walk from Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line) and A4 exit of Asakusa Station (Toei Asakusa Line)
Website: Nakamise-Dori

Looking for Ninja Goods? Go to EKIMISE for Unique Japanese Items

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EKIMISE is the building directly connected to Asakusa Station and the Tobu Skytree Line. Many shops sell unique Japanese goods on the 7th floor here, which makes it the perfect place for tourists who are looking for something special.

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For example, Ninya specializes in ninja-related goods. People can get fake metal swords and shuriken here, and best of all, they are all tax-free. It is surely a shop opened to satisfy international customers.

Iori is an Imabari Towel store, which is not only loved by Japanese but also worldwide. How about taking this opportunity to get your very own fluffy, soft Imabari towels?

There are also shops selling Skytree related souvenirs, canvas bags and many other great items here too.

EKIMISE
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Hanakawado 1-4-1
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Closed: None
Credit cards: Most shops accept VISA, JCB, Master Card
Access: Direct exit from Asakusa station of Skytree line, 1 minute walk from A7 Exit of Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)
Phone: 03-6802-8633
Website: EKIMISE

Not Only Souvenirs, Find Japanese Products at Asakusa Rox

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Asakusa Rox is not only very popular among tourists but the locals also shop here. In addition to souvenirs, people can purchase products and clothes for daily use.

For souvenir recommendations, there are tumblers made of used kimono material, Hello Kitty goods and Japanese dinnerware, etc. Many stores here accept UnionPay cards, so Chinese tourists can also shop here with ease.

What's more, onsen facilities can be found in Asakusa Rox. There are 11 types of onsen, three types of sauna, and you can even see the Skytree from its open air bath. It is an ideal place to get a break from your shopping trips.

Asakusa ROX
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa 1-25-15
Hours: 10:30-21:00
Closed: Open Year Round
Credit Card: varies
Access: 1 minute walk from Asakusa Station (Tsukuba Express Line) or 7 minute walk from Tawaramachi Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)
Phone: 03-3836-7700
Website: Asakusa ROX (Japanese)

Affordable Items! Don Quijote - a Megastore Open 24/7

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Don Quijote is a discount store a mere one minute walk from Asakusa Station, on the Tsukuba Express Line. It's open 24 hours a day, so it is very convenient if you realized that you need to purchase some souvenirs, regardless of what time it is.

There are many low-priced Japanese goods sold in Asakusa's Don Quijote. Tax-free service is available and the UnionPay card is accepted here.

On the first floor, there are standard Japanese souvenirs that can be found in the tourist corner. They also sell cosmetics and electronic products that are made in Japan.

Don Quijote is a very wallet-friendly shop. If you've ever felt the Japanese products are expensive, then it's time for you to check out Don Quijote.

Don Quijote Asakusa
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa 2-10
Hours: 24 hours
Closed: Open Year Round
Credit Cards: VISA, JCB, Master Card, AMEX, Ameridcan Express, UnionPay card
Access: 1 minute walk from Asakusa Station (Tsukuba Express Line) or 7 minute walk from Tawaramachi Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)
Website: Asakusa Don Quijote

Visit Kappabashi For Some Food Samples!

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Kappabashi is a street in Tokyo which is populated with shops supplying cooking tools restaurants. For tourists, the most popular souvenirs here are the plastic display foods. These miniature foods are so real that can definitely make anybody smile.

In addition to food samples, must-have kitchen utensils and goods line the shelves of the shops here by the thousands. If you are interested in cooking or Japanese food, a trip to Kappabashi is a must.

Kappabashi
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Matsugaya area
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (varies store to store)
Closed: varies (70% of shops close on Sunday)
Credit Cards: Varies
Access: 5-6 minute walk from Tawaramachi Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line) or Iriya Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
Website: Kappabashi Street

What do you think? Have we answered your souvenir hunting questions? There are of course many other great places to shop in the Asakusa area, so please make sure to take a look around as you sightsee in this great retro downtown area.

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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