About Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street
Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street is a retro shopping street in the northern part of Tokyo with a cool, Showa-era vibe. The street can be accessed via Nippori Station and is a quick 5-minute walk from the station. Inside Yanaka Ginza, you'll find various products including fruits, vegetables, clothes, toys, household appliances, souvenirs, and snacks. It's a great place to take a stroll as you soak in the atmosphere and imagine Showa-era Tokyo.
Yanaka is one of Tokyo's Cat Towns
The reason why just so many cats have decided to make a home for themselves in Yanaka is largely unknown. One assumption is that the strays were attracted to the area’s high density of trees and temples. Whatever the reason, the locals have grown to love the cats so much that you'll see statues, cat souvenirs, and pictures of cats on flags throughout the area!
Must-Try Street foods in Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street
1. Yanaka Shipoya (やなか しっぽや)
Yanaka Shipoya are specialty cat-tail doughnuts which are made with white chocolate and black cocoa to give those distinct stripes. Don't worry, no cats were harmed in the making of the doughnuts! The simple snack is loved by people of all ages, from children to seniors. You can enjoy the doughnuts while walking around, or they also make a great souvenir!
Niku no Suzuki, a shop which specializes in tenchi-katsu and croquettes, has been very popular for more than 80 years. It’s well known as one of the attractions at Yanaka Ginza. Imagine a deep-fried burger patty, and you probably get the idea. It is minced meat packed into a patty and then deep-fried after it's been coated with crunchy bread crumbs. If you want a retro snack that people have been eating in Yanaka Ginza for years, you've gotta give this place a try!
3. Maruhatsu Fukushima Shoten
Fresh, grilled seafood marinated in soy sauce has to be one of the yummiest things you can get in Japan! Marushima Fukushima Shoten sells scallops, squid, oysters, and more by the skewer. Buy a couple and munch on them as you walk through the street. Be warned, the most popular items can sell out by early afternoon, so it's better to go early to make you can get what you want.
For just ten yen, you can enjoy delicious manju made of sweet bean paste encased in a thin, black-sugar flavored skin. These are Yanaka Ginza's famous '10 yen Manju.' If want to try this cheap and delicious classic Japanese snack, you've got to pay a visit to this shop. There are a couple of tasty flavors, all of which are worth trying (they're only 10 yen each!).
Sanyo Shokuhin is a local store that sells 'Tokoroten,' which is a traditional Japanese noodle dish that has been eaten in Japan for over a thousand years. It’s made from Kanten, a gelatin-like substance made from algae, and is typically served cold with vinegar. This may seem like a pretty strange thing to want to eat, but it's actually quite delicious and has a great texture. Try it out!
Yanaka Ginza is a truly charming spot in Tokyo that has a lot to offer, including some delicious street foods! If you're searching for spot to enjoy a retro Showa-era vibe that's a little bit off the beaten path, this is definitely a great spot to visit!