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2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

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Address: 5-9 Ueno, Taito 110-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
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A smallish collection of shops/workspaces for artists to sell their wares. I found the Tenegui shop to be of excellent quality and spent a fair amount of money here. Better... read more

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WNC
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74 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A smallish collection of shops/workspaces for artists to sell their wares. I found the Tenegui shop to be of excellent quality and spent a fair amount of money here. Better quality Tenegui for the same price as you would pay in a department store (1500 yen or so). Also more options such as purses, kerchiefs, etc,

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Hong Kong, China
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158 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Took a little while to find it; went away disappointed. Perhaps small artisan shops were rare in Tokyo; there were some interesting shops but really nothing truly special.

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Orange, Connecticut
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016

This a very cool space with many small artisan shops - for window shopping or purchasing well made pieces. 2k540 Under the Yamanote Line train tracks between - Akihabara/Okachimachi. Open 11-19. Closed Wed.

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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Great for any day, but especially a rainy one, this lane isa perfect collection of artisanal craft and clothing. It is the place to rest and relax while being surrounded by beautiful work from leather to ceramics to wood.

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Sydney, Australia
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48 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Lonely planet quite rightly lists this as top shopping place in tokyo - a massive call. But we were not disappointed- infant I made 2 trips and sent the rest of our delegation there! And everyone very happy with everything that we brought home! Def worth the effort.

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Rennes, France
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105 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Idea for a rainy day? Explore the Aki-Oka gallery made underneath the rail tracks, between Okachimachi and Akihabara JR station... Beside keeping you dry, the gallery is the home of 2 dozen craft stores, selling anything from wooden smartphone case to yuzu wine and origami papers; and anything "very Japanese" in between...Those gifts are of good quality and nice material,... More 

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Bologna, Italy
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157 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 422 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

A bunch of shops under the station.. The place itself is really amazing and even if you don't buy, the objects and the shops are really beautiful.. You can see and feel the difference between craftsmanship and industrial production..

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Canberra, Australia
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477 reviews
177 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed seeing such a wide range of hand made items crafted in Japan. With a somewhat limited budget there was plenty of looking - although I couldn't resist getting a wooden lacquer bowl designed for people with difficulties holding cups/bowls to give to a special friend. I also picked up a quirky little brooch for my daughter made from... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2015 via mobile

We stumbled across this hidden gem as we traversed Akihabara and ended up spending hours there immersed and revelling in the array of beautiful hand made artisan products. Well worth a visit if you're in the vicinity

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Corvallis, Oregon
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2015

If you want Monchichi keychains and Hello Kitty in kimono, look elsewhere - here you'll only find the highest quality artisan crafts and beautiful handmade items. This place was well worth the trip to Akihabara and a much needed escape from cheap, made in China souvenirs and swarms of school children. We ended up spending way more time here than... More 

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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