MUST-EAT Street food at Nakamise Shopping Street, Asakusa!
Asakusa is one of the most popular sightseeing spots where visitors can experience Japanese traditions. The top three symbols to see in Asakusa are the beautiful and old temple, Sensoji; the unique and huge gate, Kaminarimon; and the traditional and exciting shopping street, Nakamise dori. All are very close to Asakusa Station. When you go to Nakamise dori/shopping street, don't miss the tasty street food as they have a lot of Japanese snacks that you can eat only there!
Passing through the majestic and symbolic gate called Kaminarimon (雷門), you will find much fun and excitement. There is a shopping street, Nakamise dori (仲見世通り) that is approximately 250m long approaching to one of the oldest and most famous temple, Sensoji (浅草寺). There are numerous stores lining up on the street, selling various Japanese-style products like hair accessories, dolls, art products, postcards, and snacks to eat! So, here is a guide to Nakamise's street food you need to try!
Kibi Dango are a type of traditional Japanese dumplings made from millet and mochi rice flour. They are coated with soy bean powder (called kinako/きな粉). They are very simple, yet you can enjoy the natural sweetness and the soft and chewy texture. Small 5 sticks of dango for 330 yen.
A significant snack in Asakusa. Kaminari came from the name of the gate "Kaminarimon", and Okoshi means to prosper, so this snack has been said to bring good luck. It is crunchy and sweet puff rice crackers. They have some flavors like black sugar, matcha, and sesame. Good for souvenirs as well.
Age means deep fried and manju is a typical Japanese snack that is a soft mochi stuffed with anko (sweet red bean paste). Freshly fried at the shop, they are hot and crispy outside. They offer a variety of unique flavors such as sesame, matcha, pumpkin, cherry blossom, and other seasonal flavors. 120-200 yen each.
Ningyo Yaki (doll cake) is a fluffy sponge cake filled with sweet red bean paste. Freshly baked by the chefs using the traditional machine, they can come in various shapes like birds and animals. They are small but very detailed. You can either eat there or bring them back. 8 for 600 yen.
Sweet potato jelly (imo yokan/芋ようかん) is a Japanese traditional snack originated in Asakusa. It is very smooth and creamy, and you can taste the natural sweetness of the sweet potato. They sell many kinds of souvenirs that are beautifully wrapped. They also have a cafe where you can enjoy the jelly and other desserts like ice cream and dango with matcha green tea.