Godzilla vs. the Grocery Store—Welcome to Kappabashi-dori!
When visiting Tokyo
, get out and explore the neighborhoods beyond Ginza, Harajuku, and Shibuya. I spent a day walking the neighborhood of Asakusa, which is close to Ueno Park. There I walked most of the length of Kappabashi-dori, which is known primarily for its kitchenware stores, which are many. Here's where the locals come to buy their household items, so stop in and take a look. I also explored the beautiful Sensō-ji temple complex, also known as Asakusa Kannon, which is Tokyo's largest Buddhist temple. Great shopping is nearby the temple as well. When leaving the Kaminarimon gate to the temple, there is the covered Nakamise arcade. The arcade is lined with shops selling Buddhist articles, clothing, and all sorts of souvenirs. I remember one shop in particular; it was devoted completely to the Happy Lucky Cat.