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Nakamise Dori Shopping Street

A historic avenue of commerce and culture leading to Tokyo’s Sensoji Temple

Photo of Nakamise Dori Shopping Street, Japan (View of Nakamise by Leng Cheng)

Nakamise Dori Shopping Street is a passage rich in history, providing a traditional shopping experience in Tokyo’s Asakusa district. Lined with approximately 90 shops, the street has origins in the 17th century and is known for its authentic atmosphere. Visitors can explore stalls selling souvenirs to local snacks, all near the historic Sensoji Temple.

About Nakamise Dori Shopping Street

Originating in the Edo period, Nakamise Dori has been a bustling center where craftsmanship and commerce come together. The street showcases Japanese culture, with shops that offer items including handcrafted ceramics, kimonos, and fans. Street food is also a feature, with vendors serving treats like ningyo-yaki, senbei, and matcha-flavored ice cream, savored by those walking towards Sensoji Temple.

The Kaminarimon Thunder Gate marks this entry, blending the energy of modern Tokyo with a sense of the past. Amidst the crowd, the contemporary coexists with the traditional, with shops providing a range of goods from kokeshi dolls to Japanese clogs.

At night, the closed shopfronts reveal the “Asakusa picture scroll” – mural paintings that depict the history of Senso-ji and its events. This artistic display offers an alternate view of the street when the bustle subsides.

Nakamise Dori provides a sense of Edo-period Japan, and as an established shopping street, it affords more than goods—it’s a cultural journey from the present to the past.

For a complete experience, it’s recommended to visit Nakamise Dori at different times. The daytime brings a lively atmosphere, while the evening allows for a more reflective understanding of the area’s historical and cultural depth. The Hozomon Gate further marks the street’s significance, framing the end of the street and enhancing the spiritual and cultural context of this locale.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Nakamise Dori Shopping Street

A 18

 Asakusa Line + 2 more

 about 5 minute walk (300m)
G 18

 Ginza Line

 5-10 minute walk (800m)

Around Nakamise Dori Shopping Street

Nakamise Dori Shopping Street

Shopping Street in Tokyo

open 8am - 5pm
closed Irregularly


仲見世通り, 東京

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