Inaricho Area

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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.

This shop sells everything from life-sized kannon figures to Buddhist family altars and the tablets on which are inscribed the Buddhist names of dead ancestors.
This shop sells everything from life-sized Kannon figures to Buddhist family altars and the tablets on which families inscribe the names of departed ancestors.

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.

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Don’t forget to buy a holy feather duster!

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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