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  • Nishiki Market
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Nishiki Koji Road Teramachi Takakura
    A shopping arcade filled with shops extending from Nishiki Tenman-gu Shrine one block north of Shijo Street to Karasuma-dori Avenue. Some 400 years have passed since the area was granted the title of fish wholesaler by the Edo shogunate government in 1615, and the arcade is also known as the “Kitchen of Kyoto.” Roughly 390 meters long, a variety of restaurants, cafes, and knickknack shops, and grocery stores line the arcade selling seasonal fresh fish and Kyoto vegetables, Kyoto pickles, tsukudani foods preserved in soy sauce, dried goods, tofu, cookware, and tableware.
  • Kappabashi Dougu Street (R)
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Nishiasakusa 1
    This is a wholesaler district full of approximately 170 shops stocking items such as professional-grade cookware, tableware, kitchen equipment, ingredients for restaurants and plastic food samples. Plastic food samples that are one aspect of Japan’s unique culture are popular as souvenirs. In addition to tourists, there are many chefs from overseas that visit to purchase kitchen knives and molds. Closest train stations include Tawaramachi Station and Asakusa Station.
  • Suna-machi Ginza Shoten-gai shopping arcade
    Tokyo Koutou-ku Kitasuna
    A shopping arcade located in Kitasuna, Koto City, Tokyo. Some 180 shops and stores stand eve to eve along the 670 meter length of the arcade. A popular destination to enjoy cheap eats and browse, the arcade becomes particularly busy on the 10th of the month during the Bakaneichi sale.
  • Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street
    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi
    This covered shopping street is centered on the road approaching Osaka Tenmangu Shrine. Running north to south for 2.6 kilometers from Tenjinbashi 1-chome to Tenjinbashi 6-chome, it is famous as Japan's longest shopping street. There are approx. 600 stores along the street. During the Edo period (1603-1868), the Tenman vegetable market was located nearby, and the street developed around the market as the main approach to the shrine. Many events are held centered on the shrine to this day. The stores sell everything from clothing to food, and include cafes, restaurants and izakaya bars.
  • Endoji Shopping Street
    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Nishi-ku Nagono 1-6-10
    This arcade shopping street is located between Nagoya Station and Nagoya Castle. There are various stores such as retro restaurants and general stores lining the street, and every July, the street is full of local people celebrating the EndojiTanabata festival. In addition to this, many tourists visit the shopping street due to the nearby historic district's Shikemichi and other historic sights.
  • Kobe Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Sannomiyachou 1
    A large shopping promenade located a two-minute walk from Sannomiya Station on various lines. The street extends from the Flower Road to the Koikawasuji, slicing through the busy quarter in the Sannomiya area virtually perfectly east to west. Spacious and stylish, the open and area shopping arcade is filled with unique and distinctive shops of all kinds. The staff at the Sannomiya HATENA information center will be happy to help you with any questions or shopping difficulties you may have. With facilities such as benches useable when waiting to meet up with a friend or take a break while shopping, and the popular large BOS video screens used to broadcast events, just walking through the street is fun.
  • Akashi Uo-no-tana Shopping Arcade
    Hyougo Pref. Akashishi Honmachi 1-1
    This shopping street in Honmachi, Akashi City is three minutes on foot from Sanyo Akashi Station. It has a variety of shops selling prepared marine products and fresh fish from Akashi's waters like their famous sea bream and octopus. At the end of the year the arcade is decorated with tairyo-bata fishing flags. The display has become a local sign of the season.
  • Shinsaibashi-suji shopping street
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Shinsaibashisuji 2-2-22
    "Shinsaibashi-suji is a shopping street located in Chuo Ward, Osaka City. The street has a long history; in the Edo period (1603-1868), it flourished as a route leading to the Dotonbori theater district, and there was a popular saying: ""Ginza in the East, Shinsaibashi in the West."" Today, Shinsaibashi-suji is lined by around 180 businesses, including fashion boutiques, lifestyle stores, specialty stores and gourmet restaurants. The area to the north of Nagabori street has always had many textile wholesalers located there, and is known as the ""Senba Shinsaibashi-suji shopping street""; for a fashion-related business in Osaka, opening a store there is a mark of success and status."
  • Yanaka Ginza
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Yanaka 3-Arakawa-ku Nishi-Niigori 3
    Located around five minutes’ walk from JR Nippori Station, Yanaka Ginza is a shopping street that retains a strong traditional ambience. Most of the shops are independent stores run by the owners; approximately 70 stores are packed into a street that is roughly 170 meters in length. Yanaka Ginza’s unique atmosphere, redolent of Tokyo’s traditional Shitamachi urban districts, and the friendly, straightforward customer service that the shops provide, attract large numbers of visitors not only from Japan but also from overseas. What makes a visit to Yanaka Ginza particularly enjoyable is being able to have a bit to eat while strolling along the street. A wide range of distinctive snacks and sweets are available, and exploring what the different stores have to offer is part of the fun.
  • Somei Ginza Shoten-gai shopping arcade
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Komagome
    A shopping arcade located in Komagome, Toshima City, Tokyo. The arcade abuts one end of the Shimofuri Ginza Shoten-gai shopping arcade in Kita City and also leads to the Nishigahara Ginza Shoten-gai shopping arcade after going through Somei Ginza Shoten-gai. A great variety of shops stand eve to eve spread across these three connected shopping arcades.
  • Azabujuban Shotengai
    Tokyo Minato-ku Azabujuban 2-chome
    A shopping arcade lined with lifestyle goods shops, restaurants, food markets, clothing stores, and accessory shops. Affiliated with the nursery rhyme Akai kutsu (Red Shoes) released in 1922, there are several statues along the arcade themed after the work. While visiting the arcade you can also journey the Minato Shichifukujin Meguri, a mini-pilgrimage to seven Shinto shrines located mainly in the Azabujuban area dedicated to the Seven Gods of Fortune.
  • Nippori Senigai (Fabric Street)
    Tokyo Arakawa-ku Higashinippori 3-chome -6 chome
    A one kilometer long stretch of Nippori Chuo-dori Street where over 80 textile and fabric shops stand eve-to-eve on either side. You can find everything fabric-related here, from Japanese, Western, men's, and women's clothing and textiles to accessories and fittings. An abundance of exhibitions and other events are also held here.
  • Tanuki Koji Shopping Street
    Minamijijo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, 1-3-chome Minami-Sanjo-ya
    This shopping arcade is in Sapporo's Chuo Ward. This is Hokkaido's oldest shopping street, with over 100 years of history. The 900 meter long street is divided into seven blocks, with about 200 shops. Since this is a covered arcade, you can shop at ease no matter the weather, making it a very popular destination.
  • Kyoto Nishiki Ichiba Shopping Street
    Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture Nakagyo-ku
    This shopping street is located on Nishikikoji-dori Street in Kyoto City. Known as Kyoto's kitchen, it is famous for having various food ingredients from Kyoto. The street is full of unique things you can snack on while walking, such as yuba (tofu skin) cream croquettes from Hanayori Kiyoe, or charcoal grilled mitarashi dango (rice dough dumplings with sweet-salty sauce) from Nishiki Mochitsukiya.
  • Kyoto Sanjo-kai Shopping Street
    Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture Nakagyo-ku
    This long-established shopping street in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City runs from Horikawa Sanjo to Senbon Sanjo. Approximately 800 meters in length, it is the largest in west Japan. With approximately 180 stores such as restaurants and specialty shops lining the street, not only tourists but local residents also go there to get anything they need.
  • Taishogun Shopping Street (Ichijyo Yokai Street)
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Ichijouonmae Nishi-oki-machi
    At the northernmost part of Rakuchu, the shopping street has a monster theme based on the legend that monsters called Tsukumogami marched down the Ichijo street. This fun shopping street holds events such as Ichijo Hyakki-Yagyo (Night Parade of One Hundred Monsters), the largest event held by the Taishogun Shopping Street held every summer, and the monster flea market, Mononoke Market. On the third Saturday of every October, the area becomes lively with a parade of people in monster costumes.
  • Teramachi Kyogoku Shopping Street
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Eirakuchou
    This shopping street is located on Teramachi-dori Street in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto and connects Sanjo and Shijo. It is lined with approx. 170 different shops, including clothing, miscellaneous goods and cafes. Many events in each season are held there, such as for Tanabata (Star Festival) and Christmas. There is a mosaic compass at the entrance that has become the symbol of the shopping street. It has been loved by locals for a long time.
  • Sakaemachi Market shopping street
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Asato 381
    This shopping district is two minutes away on foot from Asato Station. It appeared during the aftermath of the war and used to flourish as the central district of Naha City. You can still feel the old aura nowadays, as the district pulses with Okinawan postwar history and a distinct Showa-period vibe. On the last Saturday of every month from June through October, the “Sakaemachi Market Street Stall Festival” is held, and many other events are regularly hosted as well.
  • Ohatsu Tenjin-dori Shopping Street
    Osaka prefecture Osaka city Kita-ku
    This shopping street is centered on the approach to Tsuyu Tenjinsha Shrine, known as Ohatsujinja Shrine. That shrine is famous for a double suicide that occurred there that became the basis for the Bunraku puppet play The Love Suicides at Sonezaki. That is how the shopping street got its name. The entrance of the covered street is decorated with a giant female doll face. There are many different shops of mostly eateries, and it is crowded throughout the day, with families during the day and drinking party guests at night.
  • Dobuita Street
    Kanagawa Pref. Yokosukashi Honchou 2
    This is an arcade that is in central Yokosuka City. It has a 'foreign atmosphere' because of its proximity to the US Navy Base 7th Fleet. Shops selling military goods and specialty stores line the shopping arcade. The suka-jan jacket, a highly embroidered letterman jacket, originated here and you can have one tailor made at a suka-jan specialty store. Many visitors enjoy 'navy burgers' or 'kaigun curry', the local specialty cuisine.

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