Whether you want to buy the freshest tuna available on the market or learn more about Harajuku street styles, Tokyo markets offer a complete city experience. We discover the best spots to visit, whether you’re looking for Louis Vuitton or a typical Tokyo souvenir.
On the way to visiting Sensoji, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century, Nakamise Market is a 250-meter shopping street where visitors can buy everything from snacks to souvenirs. Refresh yourself with a green-tea mochi before perusing beautiful kimonos or picking up some traditional ceramic bowls. Definitely a must for tourists who want to see where traditional Japanese culture meets modern-day styles.
Nakamise Market, Japan, 〒111-0032 東京都台東区, 浅草1丁目,+81 3-5246-1111
Tucked between the Okachimachi and Ueno Stations, candy lovers flock to Ameya Yokocho (candy story alley) Market. Although the market may have initially sold sweets, the stalls now offer all sorts of wares, selling everything from comic stores to fresh fish. To experience Ameya Yokocho like a local, head to one of the Izakaya bars, which serve up meat skewers and local beers.Ameyayokocho Market, 6 110 0005, 6 Chome-8-13 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo 110-0005, Japan, +81 338325053
Found between Shibuy and Minatato, Ometesando is a commercial street lined with zelkova trees, that leads to both the Meiji Shrine and, the Harajuku shopping district. It’s essentially Tokyo’s Champs-Elysées. Featuring high-end stores and international luxury brands, Ometsando is the location for everything from H&M to Louis Vuitton. For younger visitors, there is also the Kiddyland toystore, which is filled with the latest toys from all over the world.Omotesando, 4 Chome-4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan, +81 3-3497-0310
Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Market | © Arian Zwegers/Flickr
Tsukiji Fish Market
If you want to witness Tokyo’s busiest and biggest fish market, Tsukiji Fish Market, in action, then you’ll have to get up early. Registration starts at 4.30am at the information center at Kachidoki Gate. Two shifts of 60 people will have the opportunity to watch the live tuna auctions. Many visitors follow up with a sushi breakfast at one of the many sushi counters, such as Sushi Dai, which serves some of the freshest fish in the city. In the outer market, visitors will find stalls selling foods and special ingredients, such as wasabi.Tsukiji Fish Market, 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan, +81 3-3542-1111
Crepe shop on Takeshita Street | © Dick Thomas Johnson/Flickr
After Gwen Stefani made the word Harujuku a household name, it only makes sense to check out the birthplace of this street style. Takeshita-dori runs through Harajuku station and Meiji Dori, and is a crossroads for street-style cultures. Down this pedestrian-only street, you will find shops specializing in unique styles, such as punk or costumes. Though the market may be more crowded on the weekends, it is worth visiting for the people-watching.Takeshita-dori, Japan, 〒150-0001 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, 神宮前１丁目
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