|Above, a little snow isn't going to stop people from shopping at Asakusa's Nakamise Street. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Shopping, eating and just browsing are some of the joys people have when vacationing in other countries. Japan, and Tokyo in particular, is no exception for engaging in these activities.
The question is: Where to go?
Thankfully, Tokyo Cheapo has an article on "Tokyo Street Markets: 7 of the Very Best." Of the seven street markets they recommend, I have done a lot of shopping at Nakamise Street in Asakusa. Nakamise Street has everything: toys (I've purchased several kaiju toys there), food, yukatas, clothing, shoes, souvenirs, fans, lacquerware and other things.
They begin with:
While Tokyo simply doesn’t have the same kind of night markets or street markets common to other parts of Asia—don’t panic—the city does have markets that are distinctly its own. Traditional yokocho alleyways lined with cheap stalls and eateries, hipster farmers markets selling all things artisanal, souvenir-laden tourist traps, these markets come in many forms. Some are well-known, some not so, but all are definitely worth a look. Below, find an introduction to seven of our favorite Tokyo markets.To read more, go here.