Do as the people of Tokyo do! Go bargain hunting in Tokyo’s longest shopping streets! Our “storyteller“ will lead you to experience the simple everyday life of the inhabitants that makes Tokyo so fascinating! Known as “shotengai” in Japanese, these shopping malls are a unique feature of all Japanese cities and are a regular destination for locals running their daily errands.
Beyond the large consumer shops located in the modern areas of Ginza, Shinjuku, and Shibuya, favorite destinations for Japanese young people and tourists, there are very different realities in the daily life of many inhabitants of the metropolis: the shotengai or neighborhood shopping streets. They are alleys, often covered, dotted with small and old shops and grocery stores. These streets offer the opportunity to take a dip in the daily life of a large part of Japanese people and are famous for the delicious street food that makes them beloved destinations for locals and visitors.
Walk to Togoshi Ginza, the longest shotengai in the city, crammed with little shops and food stalls, and visit Hachiman Shrine, the local power spot. Here you might pray for good luck and bathe in healing energy. Nearby stands Musashi-Koyama Shopping street, a picturesque covered shotengai. End the walk at Meguro station on the JR Yamanote line.