Tokyo Solamachi, which is the name of the complex that is attached to the Tokyo Skytree, offers an enormously wide variety of souvenir shops that are definitely great places to pick up souvenirs from for anyone. This article concentrates on some of the more traditional Japanese shops that can be found within Solamachi so you can enjoy the traditional side of things in this modern shopping and entertainment complex.
This stationery brand that originated in Kobe strives to create stationeries that have good quality and design that you can grow attached to in the long run.
Nana’s Green Tea is a cafe that specializes in desserts and drinks made from Uji green tea. Their various menu items, especially their original blend matcha latte, are things definitely worth trying. Not only is their menu filled with traditional Japanese flavors, the cafe design of Nana’s Green Tea is also done in the fashion of a “modern tea house” that brings together the simplicity of a modern cafe and the wooden nature of a traditional Japanese tea house.
This cute Japanese store features traditional Japanese artwork and collectibles, as well as old-time toys and other miscellaneous goods. You can find a wide array of unexpected things from lucky “maneki-neko” cat figurines that is said to bring in money and happiness to food-shaped pieces of art. The shop kind of reminds me of the inside of my toy box that I had when I was small. This store is sure to remind people of their playful childhoods and the traditional Japanese lifestyle.
Ornamental hairpins are a large part of traditional Japanese culture and this shop is one of the only select shops for ornamental hairpins in Japan. There are many traditional Japanese designs available at this adorable shop.
Ginza Natsuno is a shop that specializes in chopsticks. They sell over 1,000 types of chopsticks and over 500 types of chopstick rests and holders (yes, those are a thing). The Ginza Natsuno in the Skytree also sells limited edition Skytree chopsticks.
Ame-shin is a traditional Japanese glass candy shop based in Asakusa. These pieces of glass candy are basically various colored candies molded with a pair of scissors. You can either buy your very own animal made from candy or watch the artists working their magic on the pieces of candy at the front of the store.
The amazing skills of the artists are truly mesmerizing and definitely worth watching.
This is just the beginning of the numerous shops available within Tokyo Solamachi, but if you only have a limited amount of time and want to visit the most “traditional Japanese” stores there, these shops are great places to start. Don’t forget to take some time to go up and see the view from the Skytree! You won’t regret it!