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Yanesen is a popular area in Tokyo with rustic streetscapes and chic shops. Today, we introduce some highlights including the quaint Yanaka Ginza shopping street, a cherry blossom viewing spot, cafes and more!
Let's Explore Tokyo's Yanesen Area
Located near JR Nippori Station, the popular neighborhoods of Yanaka, Nezu and Sendagi are collectively called Yanesen. In today's article, we feature these three areas and highlight our recommended destinations!
Interesting Spots in Yanaka
Yanaka has a retro flavor. It's also known to the locals as "temple town," or "cat town."
１. Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street
Yanaka Ginza is a shotengai, or shopping street, located just five minutes from JR Nippori Station's west exit on foot.
This shopping street is lined with 70 shops along its 170 meter length. Its fruit and vegetable shops are a local favorite, and the many souvenir shops make it the perfect place to find a gift or souvenir. There are also shops that serve taiyaki (*1) and kakigori, or shaved ice.
If you stop by for a visit, you'll be able to enjoy the cozy and comfortable atmosphere that's unique to this area.
*1 taiyaki: a fish-shaped pancake filled with sweet bean paste.
2. Yanaka Cemetery
The Yanaka Cemetery area is popular as a cherry blossom viewing spot. During the sakura season, many people walk along the quiet streets and gaze up at the cherry blossom petals gently floating in the wind.
3. Tokyo Kitsch Yanaka
Tokyo Kitsch Yanaka is a souvenir shop specializing in Japanese-style goods. The owner's pet Shiba dog is the shop's star attraction.
Their unique souvenirs include business card holders covered with rush grass, the material used in making tatami mats, earrings in the shape of Japanese characters, and neckties sporting Mt. Fuji patterns!
All items are Made in Japan and feature both practical and fun design.
4. Yanaka Matsunoya
On the ledt-hand side of Yanaka Ginza's entrance, you'll find Yanaka Matsunoya.
The shop is very particular about selling daily goods made by local craftsmen. By doing so, the shop owners hope that customers will come to appreciate traditional crafts and the high quality of the handiwork.
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