Tokyo Solamachi is a shopping complex that makes up part of the Tokyo Skytree Town, and boasts over 300 shops and eateries featuring a wealth of goods and tastes from around Japan.
Even for those unimpressed by the typical tourist shops, Tokyo Solamachi brings together a collection of unique outlets worth exploring. Select the perfect pair of chopsticks at Ginza Natsuno, paper products from 360-year-old Kyukyodo, or plastic food samples from Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya. Character goods, such as Rilakkuma and Hello Kitty, are perfect for fans of kawaii culture; Tabio and Beams offer Japan-made clothing, such as split-toe socks and local denim products. For those who simply want a slice of Japan to remember their trip, the selection at Nihon-Ichi often fits the bill.
Food options abound in the Solamachi complex, with a handful of rather well-known eateries stationing an outpost here. Slurp up the savory goodness of a bowl of Rokurinsha’s signature ramen, or dine on delicious yet affordable seafood from noted Hokkaido sushi-go-round Toriten. Need a pick-me-up? Get your caffeine kick at Gion Tsujiri, which has been selling Uji green tea and sweets in the Tokyo region since 1860. Visitors who don’t mind splashing out a bit more for a meal can enjoy the sky-high dining options on levels 30-31 of the Tokyo Skytree – cuisines on offer range from Korean barbecue to French to upscale teppanyaki joints.
Tokyo Solamachi is just one part of the sprawling Tokyo Skytree Town complex, and an entire day could be devoted to exploring the many diversions on offer. Aside from the obvious – the towering Tokyo Skytree – visitors can also enjoy the Sumida Aquarium and a recently-opened museum dedicated to the postal system in Japan. The Tenku Planetarium is also an option, though travelers should be aware that shows are offered in Japanese only. For visitors needing a step back from the crowds, Tokyo Sky Town’s abundance of green spaces and shady terraces make it the perfect place to simply relax.
The Tokyo Solamachi complex is located within steps of Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Skytree line, and a short walk from Oshiage Station on the Toei Asakusa Line. It can also be reached in a 15 minute walk from the popular Asakusa tourist district on the opposite side of the river.
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