Tips for Shopping around Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple is known for two things, the beautiful temple grounds and shrines and secondly, the insane amount of shopping that surrounds it. From food to must have souvenirs, there is a lot to see and potentially buy around the temple, but there are a few things to note before exploring.

The biggest shopping area is Nakamise Street, the main street leading up to the temple grounds. At 200 meters long, it is a long, narrow street that is packed with tons of vendors (as seen in the picture above) selling a bit of everything. If you are looking for street food or that last minute souvenir, this is the place to go but be aware, the crowds can be a problem (during normal times). And prices can tend to be a little bit higher when compared to other places. You can often find cheaper options outside of the area.

Most of the better options for stores are on the streets that surround Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Street. These narrow streets hold their own shops that are not as visited as the main street is but have some similar items and you may even find some cheaper prices, you just have to search and shop (and of course, explore). A lot of these stores are also family owned and some have been in operation for years, so make sure to check them out and don’t be afraid to explore thm.

Be also aware there are plenty of kimono rentals and even rickshaw tours available in the area. While these can seem like awesome ideas to either get dressed up or even take a guided tour by one of these old transports, be aware of the price. The kimono rentals can have a base fee and then go up quickly from there (when you begin to add to your dress, always watch out for that) and the rickshaws may be overly priced for what you may get. Just be aware before signing up for either, it could save you some Yen along the way.

Restaurants in the area are also something to look out for. There are plenty of food vendors and sit down restaurants, but there are also very expensive restaurants that could break the bank. If you were looking for restaurants that have expensive wagyu beef, there are plenty in the area, but again, watch the prices and check out the menus before you sit down and order something.

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