10 cool and unique streets in Tokyo – univers-japon-shop

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The streets are the backbone of cities and towns. These are useful places to find gourmet food, souvenirs, and cafes where you can take a break. Although there are many streets in Tokyo, they are very varied and each street has its own charm. In this article, we will introduce you to 10 of the coolest and most unique streets in Tokyo.

1.Yanaka Ginza

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Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street is a shopping street accessible on foot from Nippori Station. The street goes down and is lined with many shops. The somewhat simple and nostalgic atmosphere is popular with tourists. Yanaka Ginza is a street known for its gourmet cuisine, with many delicious shops within walking distance. Nipori and Ueno are close to each other, so it can always be fun to combine the two to get the most out of your trip to the area.

2. Omoid Yokocho

One of the most popular places for Japanese businessmen to relax after a long and exhausting day at work is Shinjuku Omoid Yokocho. This retro-looking street is always bustling with businessmen looking for sake and delicious food. With a beer on the side, they eat delicious gourmet dishes such as yakitori, sashimi and motsuyaki to wash away the exhaustion of the workday.

3.Takeshita Dori

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Harajuku is known as the center of kawaii culture in Japan. Takeshita-dori avenue in Harajuku is a mecca for kawaii culture. It’s full of crepe shops, a staple for high school girls, and lots of other cute shops. Purikura machines, which have become commonplace in Japanese arcades, actually originated on Takeshita-dori. Purikura NOA store is supposed to be the first purikura specialty store, and many purikura machines with the latest models are in service. It is an irresistible street for lovers of kawaii culture.

4. Akihabara Electric Town


Akihabarala Mecca for fans of anime and manga, it is also known as one of the most famous electronic districts in Japan. The area is littered with computer parts, Japanese appliances, and other electronics. Of course, there are also many anime and manga character merchandise and their limited edition merchandise for sale. From key chains to life-size figures, there is a wide selection of anime and manga related merchandise. The street is a paradise for anime and manga lovers, as there are many signs with anime characters on it.

5. Kabukicho Ichibangai


Kabukicho Ichibangai is one of the most iconic streets of the famous Kabukicho in Shinjuku. At night, the bright neon lights make Kabukicho come even more alive. Kabukicho is a city that never sleeps, and even in the middle of the night you can enjoy delicious gourmet food and other entertainment. Various types of food, such as ramensyakitori and yakiniku (grilled meat), abound in this bustling area of ​​Tokyo.

6. Ameya Yokocho

Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko) is a street that runs between Ueno Station and Okachimachi Station. This street has a central atmosphere and offers a variety of stalls selling fresh food, produce and ingredients. Numerous food stalls offer Chinese cuisine and other unique foods, as well as handbags, purses, accessories, and other miscellaneous merchandise. Items sold include imported spices from around the world, authentic Japanese tea, delicacies, and many other items of all kinds. Many of these items are sold at low prices, making it fun to browse the different stores.

7. Nakamise Dori

Nakamise Dori is also where the Sanja festival takes place.

Asakusa is one of the most popular tourist spots in Tokyo, and Nakamise-dori is a famous street leading to Senso-ji Temple. Nakamise-dori is said to be one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan, dating back to the Edo period. The entire street is enveloped in a Japanese-style atmosphere, making it a popular tourist spot for many foreign visitors. Nakamise Street is lined with various shops selling Japanese goods, Japanese confectionery, and other shops that are perfect for buying Japanese souvenirs. Shopping on Nakamise-dori is recommended after visiting Senso-ji Temple.

The wonderful shopping street for those who want to master the art of eating and walking is Sunamachi Ginza Shopping Street in Koto-ku. Around 180 shops line the 670 meter long street. Although it is a 20-minute walk from the nearest station, Minamisuna Station, there is a constant flow of visitors to this shopping street. Many delicatessens operate in this shopping area, and takeout is available for purchase in most places. There is a specialty shop in Oden with a long list of customers, a traditional shumai (steamed pork dumplings) shop, and many other delicious gems.

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9. Omotesando Avenue


Omotesando Avenue, not far from Takeshita-dori Avenue, is a street where many high-end boutiques and luxury brand stores are concentrated. The atmosphere of the whole street is also luxurious and trendy, and everything is first class. If you are looking for national and international luxury items, Omotesando Avenue is for you.

10. Chuo Dori Ginza

Chuo Dori is as beautiful at night as it is during the day.

Conveniently located between Yurakucho and Ginza stations, Ginza Chuo-dori is a Ginza landmark where Mitsukoshi, known as a pioneer of the department store industry in Japan, operates. It is as famous as Omotesando in Tokyo as a luxury brand district, selling a wide range of high-end products ranging from jewelry, fashion and food, both foreign and domestic. If you are looking for a luxurious environment, Ginza is your place to stay.

There are many types of streets, including streets with a retro atmosphere, streets where you can buy specialized tools, and streets where you can enjoy gourmet food and drinks. The atmosphere of the streets themselves is also one of the most beautiful parts of tourism, and we hope you get the chance to experience each street first hand on your next trip to Japan!

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