By David, long-term Tokyo resident & food-loving traveler
Asakusa is most known for Senso-ji Temple, traditional festivals, and its old restaurants and bars. But Asakusa is also home to several shops that are all about cuteness and fun. Check out these specialty shops if you want to pick up some character goods or toys. Not everything is just for kids.
Atomu Do Honpo Tezuka Osamu Shop & Cafe
This store is all about the creations of manga and anime master Osamu Tezuka Osamu. Even if you are not a manga and anime fan, you probably have seen some of his many characters like Mighty Atom (Astro Boy), Jungle Emperor Leo, Dororo, or Black Jack. Located inside the Nishisando shopping street on the western side of Senso-ji Temple, this store has all kinds of goods related to Tezuka’s manga, anime, and characters. Go upstairs for the gallery and cafe space.
Address: 2-7-13 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Open 9:30 - 18:00, closed on Thursday
Despite its name, this is not a regular flower shop. You can pick up arrangements with artificial flowers if you want, but in my opinion the best things here are the Miffy character goods. Miffy, the small rabbit from Dick Bruna’s picture books, features on many distinctly Japanese things, such as teacups, tenugui towels, and goshuincho books (goshuincho are notebooks used to collect the official stamps and seals of shrines and temples). In many designs, it feels like Miffy stepped from her picture books into the world of Japanese paintings and textiles. Flower Miffy is located near the Toei Asakusa Line Asakusa Station Exit A4.
Address: 2-19-7 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Open 11:00 - 19:00
Toys Terao Monchhichi
Toys Terao is a family-owned toy store that has been part of Asakusa for generations. They have one location in Senso-ji Temple’s Nakamise-dori and another one in the street running parallel to it. Walk through the shopping arcade from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Asakusa Station Exit 1 and you will come to a small shop with a huge Monchhichi greeting you. If you liked Monchhichi as a kid, you will love the selection here. There are fun Japanese versions of the dolls dressed like ninja, kabuki actors, and even a bride and groom Monchhichi. The special Matsuri Monchhichi sold only here wear the traditional outfit of Asakusa’s famous festival Sanja Matsuri.
Address: 1-36-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Open 12:00 - 16:00 Mondays - Fridays, 11:30 - 17:30 on weekends and holidays.
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I will introduce more places for shopping in Tokyo over the next weeks.