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|SUNAMACHI GINZA SHOPPING STREET
|Sunamachi Ginza Shopping Street in Koto-ku is a traditional shopping street of Tokyo where people can
feel the nostalgic time of the Showa Era (1926-1989). It is located in
the area where trains do not run nearby. Instead, buses run frequently
to Kinshi-cho and other JR Sobu Line Stations such as Kameido, Ryogoku
etc. The shopping street is about 670 meters in length and about 160 shops
sell chiefly foods and almost all other daily necessities. The street was
called "okazu yokocho" before. Okazu meaning side dishes eating
along with rice. The place was before a town of family owned small factories
and working class people lived and live. The shopping street which was
once filled with huge shoppers of more 10,000 a day is overwhelmed by seven
super markets built within 4 kilo meters from the shopping street. Visitors
today decreased to about 3,000 a day (2017). At the same time, lack of
storekeeper successors is a big problem resulted from the aging Japanese
society. Shops without successors have been rented out and also Koreans
and other nationalities run some stores and restaurants today. Directors
of the Sunamachi Ginza Shopping Street hope for visits of inbound tourists.
Things sold here are cheaper than other places. Fresh and delicious "okazu"
foods are special and unavailable at supermarkets.
Shops Opening Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Access: Buses from Kinshicho Station on JR Sobu Line (get off at Kitasuna 2-chome bus stop)
Telephone: 03-3235-8031 (Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
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