Friday, May 8, 2015

Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

We were in Golden Week from April 29th to May 6th. We have many national holidays from the end of April to the beginning of May. So we call a period of holidays "Golden Week". I went to Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street.


Yanaka is located in Taito-ku, Tokyo. Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street is 5 minutes walk from Nippori station. Yanaka is a part of the old shitamachi downtown area. Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street is the atmosphere, which brings you back to the Edo period. There are 70 shops in the street. It's not a big shopping street. But not only Japanese but also many people around the  world visit here. 


Yuyake Dan Dan
Here is the gate of the Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street. Yukake Dan Dan is the sunset spot. If you visit here at the evening, you can see the beautiful sunset from here.



Soooo many people visited Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street this day.



Yanaka is very famous for the cats. Many cats hang out on the street. So there are many cats-themed shops on the street.  


Straw hat and bags
Candy Shop

Many people were enjoying shopping. 

Name Stamp
You can choose your name stamp with your favorite picture.


You can find many cats goods in the shop.


Two big Maneki Neko. 


This shop sells the cat tail doughnut.

Japanese traditional old flip-flap

A cat (figure) was on the roof of Templa restaurant.



Here is the Yomise street.

Ohshima ya
I had lunch at the Soba noodle restaurant "Ohshima ya".



I ate Soba with duck soup. Yummy 


Yanaka is a famous for the reasonable hotels. I could see many foreign tourist stayed at this hotel. 



I went Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street at noon. The cats usually sleep at noon. So I could not see any cats around here. But I could meet a fashionable cat someone took here. He wore a nice hat and kimono. 



A small ally in Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street. It was very nostalgia.


Enmei-ji
There were many temples and shrines in Yanaka. Enmei-ji was in the close of the Yuyake Dan Dan. Many azalea were in full bloom. The garden was so beautiful. 


I live in the center of Tokyo. I'm surrounded by many tall buildings and many people. I felt like the passing time was very slowly today. It's good to spend a slow life here.


Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street HP: http://www.yanakaginza.com/
Map


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