Do you love Japanese anime or Japanese characters? If yes, there is a perfect place to visit. It is Tokyo Character Street. This shopping street is located in the basement on the Yaesu side of Tokyo Station. There are many themed shops of Japanese popular anime such as One Piece and Dragon Ball and Japanese popular characters such as Pokemon, Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma. This place is very fun to look around and they sell many cute goods. So even if you are not familiar to anime or characters, you can enjoy browsing many shops. Tokyo character street is one of the most popular spots to visit among young people, families, tourists.
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Now Pokemon is a world famous anime for its attractive characters and there are many fans all over the world. Actually the shop in Tokyo character street is not so big but cannot be missed because there are some special goods sold only in this shop like Pikachu plush with station staff costume. These cute goods are popular as souvenirs for kids and Pokemon fans !
Hello Kitty Shop
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Hello Kitty is not just a character for Japanese kids anymore. She is a world famous character and loved by people in the world. Celebrities like Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne and Paris Hilton are also big fans of Hello Kitty and like to wear or have Kitty’s goods. There are many cute goods sold and please find your favorite.
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Rilakkuma is a very cuddly bear and one of the most popular characters in Japan. The name Rilakkuma is a combination of two words, “Relax” and “Bear” in Japanese pronunciation. The reason why everybody likes him is his lazy and relaxed mood all the time. He makes us relaxed too. There are a variety of goods from souvenirs to stationery to commodities and fun to look around.
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Have you ever seen anime films from Studio Ghibli ? Their famous works are My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away etc. They are well known not only in Japan but also in foreign countries and there are many fans all over the world. This shop Donguri Republic sells character goods from Studio Ghibli films. Their goods have very good quality and popular as souvenirs too.
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Jump Shop is an official item shop of Shonen Jump, popular manga magazine in Japan. Their works are One Piece, Naruto and Dragon Ball etc. One Piece was officially recognized by Guinness World Records in 2015 as the comic book series with the most copies published by a single author. More than 320 million in Japan, 60 million in overseas. Now it became world wide and foreign tourists who love One Piece enjoy visiting this shop.
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Nameko means mushroom in Japanese. This character is derived from the popular game application of smart phone. Their appearance cannot be said cute enough but they have lovable face somehow and one of the most famous characters in Japan now. Nameko plush with station staff costume and sweets like cookies are popular as souvenirs. There are many more shops such as MOOMIN, SNOOPY, goods from Japanese TV stations. You will definitely enjoy looking around shops in Tokyo Character street.
Website: Tokyo Station Ichibangai