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Get a taste of tradition and life in Japan by hopping around the shopping streets

Yokohama, Kawasaki 20h30m

In Kanagawa, there are plenty of unique shops. Some have items dating back to the Kamakura Period, some have a retro vibe, and some sell fresh food and knickknacks that can give you a taste of Japanese life. With these course, you can visit a number of shopping streets and get to know more about Japanese culture.

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Rokkakubashi Shotengai (shopping area)

A retro shopping street reminiscent of the Showa period. Some 170 shops selling various things can be found mainly in the Nakamise street. Events such as a Dokkiri Black Market and pro-wrestling are well-received. (Dokkiri Black Market is held on the night of every 3rd Saturday from April to October. It is a lively event with a flea market and concerts.) Nightlife This flea market is held...

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A French restaurant in Motomachi, Yokohama, which opened in 1981. Setting a high value on local production for local consumption, by adding touches of Mutekirou’s original Yokohama style to western French cuisine, they endeavor to create a menu which is light and takes advantage of the taste of the ingredients.

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Motomachi Craftsmanship Streets

It is slightly different from the other districts of Motomachi, and has an atmosphere which makes the creators of the products feel more familiar. There are many small stores, including art galleries, flower markets, bakeries, and accessory shops.

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The road leading to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu from Yuigahama, which is said to have been constructed by Minamoto no Yoritomo as a prayer for his wife Masako’s safe childbirth, and which became the center of community development in Kamakura. We know from excavations that it was a wide road which spread out further on the Kamakura Station side than the present road does. The first, second, and third...

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Komachi Street

This street is one of the most famous shopping street in Kamakura, Japan. It has been featured in some TV programs and magazines. There are about 250 shops. Come and see various shops while you stroll the town.

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About 50 of Kamakurabori masterpieces and materials are exhibited. The articles on display are the works and materials from Muromachi to modern time. Visitors can watch a movie showing production processes at all times. 2-hour workshop is popular among visitors, because a dedicated instructor gives kind and understandable lessons. Beginners are welcomed. (Please make a reservation in advance on...

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Hakone-Yumoto Shopping Street

Hakone Yumoto is famous for its range of souvenirs from Hakone. The terminal station of the Odakyu Romance Car, the front of Hakone Yumoto Station is lined with souvenir shops overflowing with liveliness. Searching for souvenirs is one of the real pleasures of traveling. There are products including famous confectionary, marine products, hot spring products, and wooden mosaic accessories distin...

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Miyanoshita Shopping Street

In the shopping district which takes advantage of the characteristics of the retro hot spring area, and which tends to be a point of passage despite being in the center of Hakone, initiatives are being carried out under the theme of “town revitalization with strolling around at the core”, including events such as “Strolling in Miyanoshita”, in which members of the shopping district act as guide...

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A shop specializing in plums which has its origin in Chinryutei, a traditional Japanese restaurant started by Monya Komine, the last chef of Odawara castle, in the fourth year of the Meiji period (1871). When Odawara Station opened in the Taisho period, the store was relocated to its position in front of the station and renamed the easier-to-read "Chinriu Honten,” and remains there to this day....

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Established in 1661. It is a long-established store which has sold Japanese tea, nori, and Japanese paper since the beginning of the Edo period. With its characteristic dasihgeta-zukuri, or overhanging eaves, an air of elegance wafts from the shop, which was built in the early Showa period. Nearly 90% of the tea they carry is deep-steamed green tea from Kakegawa in Shizuoka prefecture, but they...

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DARUMA Restaurant

Founded in 1893. It is popular for dishes such as tempura and sushi which mainly feature seafood caught in Sagami Bay. The stately, tasteful building is registered as a nationally-designated tangible cultural property. Please relax in the historical interior and enjoy the cuisine that continues to be loved in the castle town of Odawara.

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Ishikawa Lacquerware

Since their founding, they have been making products using locally produced materials, paying attention to safety, utilizing traditional techniques, while applying innovative ideas in painting and designing, in order to produce utensils that can be used every day. In addition, their shop also serves as a comfortable space for everyone by making proposals to lead a Japanese original life using c...

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Odawara inn livelihoodExchange Center

This facility is intended to re-establish the old network wholesaler which was built in 1932. A casual rest house for any visitors. Local people have the opportunities to show their activities. On the 2nd floor, there are rooms for locals to present their information and skills. Locals and visitors meet up in this space. A special lantern "Odawara Chochin (lantern)" is famous in Odawar...

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KAMABOKO Street in Odawara

The main steamed fish paste store has been set up in the eaves, and you can walk around freely without walls or fences. The street used to be a fish market, and it features rows of more than 30 stores, which are not limited to steamed fish paste stores but also include dried fish stores, dried bonito flake stores, restaurants, shops serving food and drink, and Japanese confectionary stores.

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