Traditional Shinto & Buddhist home altars
I call this the “funeral goods district,” but there’s nothing depressing about the street where they sell intricately-pieced Shinto shrines and incredibly expensive Buddhist altars.
And if you’re lucky, while you’re browsing the district you might see a hearse kitted out with elaborate red and gold shrines on the back, sort of like holy camper shells for the departed.
This street is right next to Kappabashi, so it’s an excellent little detour if you’re going to see the plastic food shops and the kitchenware district.
Nearby destinations: Akihabara, Asakusa, Asakusa-bashi, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Kappabashi, Ueno
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