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Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

Explore Tokyo’s Edo-period charm in Yanaka.

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Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street offers a traditional shopping experience in Tokyo, reminiscent of the city’s past. This pedestrian-friendly street invites those who wish to engage with Japan’s historical culture through shops and local events.

About Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

Located in the Yanaka district, Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street is a vibrant thoroughfare that echoes the feel of Tokyo during the Edo period (1603-1868). Blending history with the modern day, the street provides an authentic look into the traditional “shitamachi” lifestyle. Artisans and traders sell an array of items from handicrafts and clothing to local snacks and sweets.

The street is a hub for cultural festivals and events, attracting locals and tourists alike. Its historical significance as one of Tokyo’s traditional shopping streets highlights its importance as a destination.

Historically rich, the surrounding Yanaka area hosts the Yanaka Cemetery, where the last Edo shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, is buried, and the serene Tennoji Temple with its bronze Buddha. Visitors will find numerous temples in the vicinity, including the disease-curing bronze cow at Yushima Tenjin Shrine and the red torii gates of Nezu Jinja Shrine.

Off the main street, one can discover small temples and shrines that contribute to Yanaka’s charm. Workshops offer an opportunity to experience local craftsmanship and the area’s affinity for cats is evident in the prevalence of cat-themed goods.

Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street is a community cornerstone, embodying Tokyo’s historical spirit while remaining a vibrant part of the city’s cultural life.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

JY 07

 JR Yamanote Line + 1 more

 about 5 minute walk (400m)
C 16

 Chiyoda Line + 1 more

 5-10 minute walk (700m)

Around Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

Shopping Street in Tokyo

open 10am - 7pm
closed Irregularly


谷中銀座商店街, 東京

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