The Best Souvenirs and Food at Nakamise Dori

by Christian Monson

Rice Crackers

Rice crackers are a go-to snack for the Japanese people, so you might as well get some for yourself while you’re shopping on Nakamise Dori. The most common variation you’ll find is senbei. These are charcoal baked rice crackers, sometimes flavored with soy sauce. They serve the same culinary purpose as wheat crackers in the West. They’re a snack or appetizer people often eat at tea time.

Senbei keep well, so you can easily take them home. They also just make a great snack during your trip. You can keep yourself or your kids fed while still enjoying the local culture.

Kaminari Okoshi is another rice cracker snack you can buy on Nakamise Dori. These are puff rice crackers that are mildly sweetened. You might even think of them like Japanese rice crispies treats. They may include other ingredients like peanuts or flavoring. 

Kaminari Okoshi are especially associated with the Senso-ji temple, which is how they got their name. Kaminari means “thunder,” which you may recognize from Senso-ji’s Kaminarimon, or “thunder gate,” which leads into Nakamise Dori. 

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