Nakamachi-dori street, Matsumoto

Stroll through old-style streets near the castle

JJ Walsh   - 2 min read

High quality, traditional craft shops, beautifully decorated in the style of old storehouses line this side street. Strolling along and browsing, buying souvenirs, trying out different foods or drinks is a great way to appreciate this cultural heritage. The Matsumoto castle is only a 5 minute walk away.

Jewelry shops, tatami and noren shop, a traditional tabi and geta shoe store, soba noodle shops, crafts and souvenirs, bars, cafes, restaurants, ceramic pottery, laquer ware, traditional sweets, handmade clothing, toys and more. Pop into the Scale Museum to see merchant tools of the past.

The special feature of many of the buildings on this street is the white, criss-crossed namako-kabe design of the old kura storehouses.

Most shops are open all day, and in the evening, the izakaya Japanese style pubs open to drinkers fond of a local passion, sake. Hitsuki Macrobiotic Cafe is a great stop at the end of this street.

JJ Walsh

JJ Walsh @joy.walsh

I've been living in Hiroshima since the mid 90's & still discovering new things to enjoy. I'm a big fan of both the old "wabi sabi" as well as modern and new designs, Japan offers both of these type of places to explore and enjoy. Even after many years here, I am still discovering surprising, fan...