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Hanakawado Hakidaore Market: Bargain Prices, Good Times!



2022.12.15 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

When it comes to footwear, are you on a shoestring budget? Then come to Asakusa’s Hanakawado, the footwear capital of Tokyo! Held on December 17th and 18th this year, the Hanakawado Hakidaore Market is an annual bargain sale with great discounts for cleat clients and boot buyers alike.

Originally developed as a wholesale district because of the many people in the theater business living nearby, Taito City’s Hanakawado Wholesale Street was home to shoemakers from around 200 years ago. Today, a tradition of quality footwear continues on, as does an annual market held to help clear out inventory, with many items going for less than half the normal price!

The main venue is Hanakawado Park, but the event is also held at storefronts in the nearby wholesale district with up to 40 vendors in total. Racks and racks of colorful leathers and other materials line the streets. Shoes, footwear, handbags, leather goods, clothing, handmade accessories, hats, belts, wallets, and other products are sold at low prices. In addition to dirt-cheap shoes and other everyday items, visitors will find campaigns for discounted rickshaw rides and more.

The yearly raffle is a favorite among visitors. With its numerous attractions, the Hanakawado Shoe Market is a upbeat charity bazaar that always draw in the crowds.

The park is an easy 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Asakusa Station.

For the latest information, check out the official FaceBook page!

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