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Here is a list of the shops I have visited during my trips to Japan.
I have included:
The name of each shop, with a link to their website.
The shop's address, phone and fax numbers (the number is written as it would be dialed while in Japan), and hours ~ all provided in English and
A photo of the shop or store front.
A brief summary or description of the shop.
A map to help locate the shop.
Access directions from local train or subway stations.
A store rating system.
If you plan on traveling to Japan, and it is your first time, make sure to read my guide to addresses at the end of this entry.
Art Minicar Ginza
Tokyo Tomica Shop
Sunset Antique Toys
Quick lesson to the Japanese address system
How to find that place you're looking for!
Now that I've introduced you to the various shops that I visited in Japan, you probably want to head right on over there and do some shopping. Well,
before you do, there is one thing I'd like to mention ~ the Japanese address system, it is not like our system here in the USA!
You have been forewarned! You can't just walk down a street and look for a particular address, because Japanese addresses don't usually use a street
as a reference, and the addresses on a given block are in no particular order. Rule number one is be prepared before you hit the streets!
With the exception of major roads, Japanese streets are not named. Instead, cities and towns are subdivided into areas, subareas and blocks - basically
a giant grid system. To complicate the matter, houses or buildings within each subarea are usually not numbered in geographical sequence but in the
order in which they were constructed. Confused yet? Well, if you can understand that, then lets take a look at an address as it might appear on a
business card or online. If addresses are written in Japanese, they start with the postal code, followed by the prefecture, city and subarea(s), and end
with the recipient's or business name. If addresses are written in English, they start with the business or recipient's name and end with the prefecture
and postal code.
Here is an example of a typical address: 〒104-0061 東京都中央区銀座3-11-8
And here is the same address in English: 3-11-8 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
So, now you see that in Japan the actual address of a place is not of much use (especially to a western tourist). If you have visited enough Japanese
websites, or seen a few Japanese business cards, you will have noticed that many businesses have a pictorial map of their location. And now that you
now something about the Japanese address system, you will understand the importance & usefullness of the maps. What the map is actually showing
is the business's location in regards to other businesses, buildings and landmarks, major streets, and subway or railway stations. The idea is that you
get yourself into the general vicinity, and then use the map to guide you to the business location. Of course, most of these maps will be in Japanese,
although for some places like museums, an English version can be found online (usually with access instructions). Now, if you don't read Japanese or
you don’t have any English instructions on how to get somewhere, then you really do need to figure out where you want to visit before you head out -
so make sure and print maps out beforehand. If you have a map in hand, you can show it to a taxi driver, Koban officer, convenience store personnel,
or even some helpful people on the street. If you are staying at a hotel, it is also a good idea to ask the hotel staff to translate some of the landmarks,
including train and subway stations. Once you get the hang of it, it is not really too difficult to get around - the most important thing is that you be
prepared ~ just be organized before you hit the streets!
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