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Nawate Shopping District, Matsumoto

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Neighborhood Tourist Spot
Running alongside the Metoba-gawa River, Nawate Shopping District represents a stone-paved row of around 50 charming shops. During the 17th century, the street marked the border between the residences of the samurai class and the commoners on the opposite side. In present day, souvenir hunters have a range of interesting establishments to peruse, with shops offering antiques, curios, and knickknacks. Should you get hungry, explore options at the food stalls. Keep your eyes open for the statues of samurai frogs--popular photograph points that have earned the strip its nickname of "Frog Street." Using our online itinerary creator, Matsumoto attractions like Nawate Shopping District can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • After visiting Takeyama, this street was underwhelming for us. In same ways similar, but lacks the scale and character of Takayama's.  more »
  • If you have been to other preserved streets in Japan, such as those in Takayama or Narai-jinku, this short street of uninteresting retail shops will be a great disappointment.  more »
  • Frogs everywhere, kind shop owners, delicious deserts, beautiful souvenirs and a must do walk along this street close to a shrine, a river, and to the Matsumoto castle too!  more »