|Tokyo Taito Asakusa | Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Kannon) - Nakamise dori Shopping Arcade|
|Thursday, 15 April 2010 18:00|
After walking through Kaminarimon or Thunder Gate, next ahead is a lively shopping street called Nakamise Street. One is word enough to describe - bustling! Despite the fact that this is busy street, it only stretches about 250 m in length and only occupies a width of 5 to 6 m with two rows of Momoyama-style merchandise premise. These linked shops were built with integrated electric sign boards and decorated with row of red lanterns in addition to cherry blossom against blue sky representing the current season to welcome the spring. The atmosphere indeed creates a great excitement for visitors to shop!
Lies between Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) and Hozomon (Treasure-House Gate), both sides of the street are lined up with enormous selection of traditional snacks for instance red bean cakes, edible seaweed, rice biscuits and a huge array of souvenirs including kimono, traditional clothing/shoes, fans, key chain, folkcraft like Japanese sword/knife, Japanese dolls, lanterns and toys. Some claim Nakamise is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs in Tokyo apart from Oriental Bazaar in Omotesando.
History recorded that Nakamise is one of the oldest shopping centers in Japan, dating back to Edo Period. The beginning of Nakamise started in late 17th century when neighbors that resided near Sensoji Temple opened shops and tea houses to serve temple's visitors. The original structure somehow did not survive through the political waves, earthquake and fire. As a result, the structure I saw during my visit was rebuilt in Fall 1985. At present, Nakamise Shopping Arcade houses 89 shops.
If you are looking for tea houses or restaurants to sit down and tuck in, detour to the branching street perpendicular to Nakamise Street. We found a nice ramen restaurant somewhere there.
Get off at Asakusa subway station (Ginza Line or Tobu Line), 100 m walk towards west along Kaminari Mon Street.
Opening Hours: Main hall from 6:00 to 17:00 (from 6:30 from October to March)
Temple grounds: Open 365 days
|Last Updated on Thursday, 15 April 2010 17:24|
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