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Popular Traditional Shopping Streets

5 Popular Traditional Shopping Streets “Shotengai” in Tokyo

Shotengai (Shōtengai 商店街), a kind of shopping street that has developed originally in each residential area in Japan, is a great place to experience Japanese food culture and see Japanese daily life.

Shotengai (Shōtengai 商店街), a kind of shopping street that has developed originally in each residential area in Japan, is a great place to experience Japanese food culture and see Japanese daily life. Walk around, eat a lot and enjoy a foodie’s paradise in Tokyo!


#1. Togoshi Ginza Shotengai

Togoshi Ginza Shotengai
Photo Credit:Tokyo Times@flickr.com

Togoshi Ginza Shotengai, which is located in Shinagawa-ku, is famous for its scale. The length is 1.3km and there are about 400 various shops. Because it is the longest Shotengai in Tokyo, not only the neighborhood but many tourists also come there and enjoy shopping. In Addition, it is not far from Haneda International Airport, in a good location for tourists. Please be sure to go hungry. There are many tasty foods you should try!

Nakatsu Karaage Kei

Fried chicken is a popular menu at Shotengai because it is good for walking and eating and also popular among the local residents as their dinner menu. This Nakatsu Karaage Kei is a famous place nationwide because they were selected as one of the best fried chicken in Japan several times although they started their business in 2010. Once you eat it, you must be crazy about the taste of their original spice.
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Nakatsu Karaage Kei

Address: 2-18-5, Hiratsuka, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 142-0051

Access: 2 minutes walk from Tokyu Ikegami Line Togoshiginza Station

Hours: 11:00am ~ 9:00pm

Phone: +81 (0) 3-3785-1177

Website: Nakatshu Karaage Kei (Japanese)


#2. Yanaka Ginza Shotengai

Yanaka Ginza Shotengai

Are you interested in the traditional Japanese lifestyle? If your answer is yes, Yanaka Ginza Shotengai can be an ideal spot for you. In Yanaka, where this shopping street is located, there are plenty of historic sites and old buildings worth seeing. Besides, Yanaka is known as a town of cats. As you walk down the street, you can see many cats enjoying their relaxing time.


Yanaka Ginza Shotengai
Photo Credit:yanakaginza.com

Waguriya is a confectionery specializing in chestnuts. They use Japanese high-quality chestnuts called Waguri and offer various kinds of seasonal chestnuts desserts. Especially, their Waguri Cream Puff and Waguri Soft Ice Cream is good for eating and walking!
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Address: 3-9-14, Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0001

Access: 7 minutes walk from JR Nippori Station

Hours: 11:00am ~ 7:00pm
*Closed on Mondays

Phone: +81 (0) 3-5834-2243

Website: Waguriya (Japanese)


#3. Azabu-Juban Shotengai

Azabu-Juban Shotengai

Azabu-Juban is one of the biggest Shotengai in Central Tokyo and within walking distance of popular tourist site, Roppongi. There are many old stores with a long history, as well as trendy new restaurants and shops. The most exciting time for this Shotengai is during an annual summer festival. The Azabu-Juban Noryo Festival is held during the last weekend of August every year. You can enjoy various foods offered by local vendors and live performance of dance and music.

Naniwaya Souhonten

Naniwaya Souhonten
Photo Credit:Azabu-Juban Shotengai

Here is the store you must go when you visit Azabu-Juban. Naniwaya Souhonten is the very old Taiyaki Store with a history of more than 100 years. Their Taiyaki is filled with plenty of the sweet bean paste that is not too much sweet, and its coating is good smelling and crisp. Sometimes you need to wait to get your Taiyaki because it is crowded, but please do not miss a freshly baked one, it is amazing!
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Naniwaya Souhonten

Address: 1-8-14 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0045

Access: 4 minutes walk from Tokyo Metro Azabu-Juban Station

Hours: 11:00am ~ 7:00pm
*Closed on Tuesdays and the third Wednesday

Phone: +81 (0) 3-3583-4975

Website: Naniwaya Souhonten (Japanese)


#4. Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko)

Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko)
Photo Credit:motoki miyawaki@flickr.com

Ameya Yokocho is commonly known as its shortened name “Ameyoko”. Its history started after WWⅡ, and now it is one of the big markets of downtown Tokyo. As you visit there, you can find that there is nothing that you cannot get. They sell various products such as seafood, sweets, clothes, and cosmetics at highly discounted prices. Ameyoko’s lively atmosphere and reasonable rates would make you unable to resist shopping.


You should not eat a lot at only one store because there are many places that you need to check out. So, Takoyaki of Minatoya is a great choice as a snack when you walk down Ameyoko and feel a bit hungry. They offer big pieces of Takoyaki and the price is cheap. Also, you can season your Takoyaki as you like with sauce, dried bonito, and mayonnaise.
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Address: 4-1-9 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005

Access: 1 minute walk from JR Okachimachi Station

Hours: 11:00am ~ 7:00pm

Phone: +81 (0) 3-3831-4350

Website: Minatoya (Japanese)


#5. Kichijoji Harmonica Yokocho

Kichijoji Harmonica Yokocho

Kichijoji is the most popular residential area in Tokyo for many years. The reason can be said that there are some shopping streets, and one of them is this Harmonica Yokocho. It is located in front of Kichijoji Station and the symbol of this town. Although it is very small street, there are around 100 stores. Many of them are grocery stores, cafes or restaurants that can satisfy your appetite at any time in a day.

Kichijoji Satou

Kichijoji Harmonica Yokocho
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As you visit Harmonica Yokocho, you will see many people in line in front of a meat shop. Their main menu is a minced meat cutlet (Menchi-katsu) at Kichijoji Satou. It is made by black Japanese cattle’s meat that the butchers selected carefully from the reliable farms. Big and juicy, their cutlet is definitely the specialty of Kichijoji.
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Kichijoji Satou

Address: 1-1-8 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-0004

Access: 2 minutes walk from JR Kichijoji Station

Hours: 10:30am ~ 7:00pm

Phone: +81 (0) 422-22-3130

Website: Kichijoji Satou (Japanese)


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