Nawate Shopping District, Matsumoto

2.5
#3 of 8 in Neighborhoods in Nagano Prefecture
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." To visit Nawate Shopping District and other attractions in Matsumoto, use our Matsumoto trip itinerary planning site.
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  • We wandered this street a couple of times on a sunny winter day. There are many shops and food outlets with quite a few English-friendly outlets. Some of the shops sell inexpensive (cheap) souvenirs.....  more »
  • The reason I’ve rated it only 3 stars is because we went there on a Wednesday when we discovered that most of the shops close on Wednesday. Thus, we did not really see much of the shopping district...  more »
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