The Best Souvenirs and Food at Nakamise Dori

by Christian Monson
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Katana

Fulfill your dreams—or your kids’—of being a samurai with a real katana—or a fake one. Now, a real katana is an expensive souvenir, but it’s an impressive one too. These incredible, sophisticated weapons served the Japanese samurai for centuries, and a legitimate replica that is made to the same quality and can be sharpened can only be found in Japan.

Of course, if you don’t want to spend over ¥100,000, or if you don’t want your kid slicing off his arm on accident, you can get replicas made from zinc-aluminum alloy that can’t be sharpened. These are much cheaper but still make great decorations, often including hand-crafted sheaths with beautiful designs.

Besides katana, you can find other ancient weapons and martial souvenirs along Nakamise Dori as well. These include Japanese knives, famous since ancient times for their durability and metalworking, and flintlock pistols.

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