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    Gallery (and other shops) in Kami-Sannomachi: Shopping for souvenirs

    by toonsarah Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    Towards the southern end of Kami-Sannomachi, near a couple of sake breweries, is this attractive small gallery selling original art, good quality prints and greetings cards. We wandered in so I could look at the latter and ended up being seduced by a fairly large limited edition woodblock print! We didn’t buy it immediately, having resolved not to buy another picture on this holiday, but ended up going back the next day to look at it again, and of course we bought it! We took the risk of buying it framed as the price was reasonable compared with what we would have paid to have it framed back home and, luckily, we liked the simple frame (and got it home safely!). The picture, by an artist called Ken Mozumi, cost us 13,700¥ or about £80 ($130) which for such a lovely and relatively unique souvenir seemed well worth paying. It is now hanging in our hall to be admired daily and remind us of our holiday.

    What to buy: There are lots of other great shops to tempt you. I bought some pretty bangles in one that are made of kimono silk encased in perspex (these were from a shop on Kokubunji Dori, just west of the old town), and tasty sweets in another as gifts for my family. Even if you don’t want to buy, it’s interesting to browse around and admire the (mostly) very stylish approach the Japanese take to the design of even the simplest item. And if you like rabbits look out for the sculpture in my third photo as it marks a shop that sells nothing but! Soft toys, scarves with bunny prints, rabbit chopsticks, pottery with rabbit pictures on it – and so much more! Another favourite Takayama souvenir is a traditional parasol (see photo four) but these are more unwieldy for travellers from abroad to carry home.

    The other traditional souvenir, which we didn’t buy ourselves however, is a sarubobo.

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    Alcohol, pottery, cloth souvenirs

    by akikonomu Written Oct 5, 2007

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    Good buys from Takayama town include Hoba Miso packages, Hida sake, Shirakawa green tea and handmade cloth souvenirs. And of course, Sarubobos (the gold ones are totally eccentric).

    The old shophouse district, the main shopping street cutting across town (perpendicular to the JR station) and morning market near the river are good places to get them.

    Prices are generally the same. The good thing about shopping in Japan (in general) is that prices are quite the same around town and bargaining is not required. So if you see something you like, buy it - comparing prices amongst shops is not effective shopping.

    Almost everything's beautifully packaged. Even if not, you can request for simple packaging - which makes everything presentable but pretty wasteful sometimes.

    What to pay: Souvenirs start from ¥500; alcohol ranging from ¥1,000 up; green tea from ¥500 up for 100g.

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    Shopping in Takayama

    by Pixiekatten Updated Feb 9, 2007

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    Takayama is the souvenir hunter's paradise. It's famous for toys, furniture, and other woodcraft, but Takayama lacquerware, papercraft and pottery are also well-known throughout Japan and make great gifts.

    Good spots and what to buy:

    Sannomachi area: Sake from one of the breweries. Handicraft. Pottery. Souvenirs*.

    Asaichi (morning markets): Local crafts. Souvenirs*.

    Main streets: Laquerware. Pottery. Toys. Furniture. Souvenirs*.

    * You will notice the main souvenir wherever you go in Takayama is Sarubobo, see sep tip.

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    Various: Antiques

    by TexasDave Updated Mar 14, 2006
    Shogun-era armour on display

    Throughout the Old Town there are antiques stores, which for me were just the basis for some window shopping, but made my meanderings around the old streets all the more enjoyable.

    What to pay: As you might expect, major quantities of yen!

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    Various: Sake Breweries

    by TexasDave Written Mar 9, 2006

    In the old town there are several sake breweries and retail stores offering samples and a head-spinning variety of sake for sale. Some come in decorative earthenware bottles with their own matching sippping cup, the size of a shot glass.

    What to pay: There are a variety of sizes, prices and labels so it doesn't matter whether you are just a curious tourist or a serious sake drinker.

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    Miyagawa Morning Market: No ordinary market

    by Restless-in-kl Written Jan 11, 2006

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    This open-air shopping market is fascinating. So many things here and the variety is mind boggling.

    What to buy: Have a look at the picture. You'll see that you can get from flowers, food, toys to arts and crafts and more!

    What to pay: Pretty reasonable and in some instane you can negotiate

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    all souvenirshops: sarubobo

    by tompt Updated Aug 6, 2003
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    What to buy: The sarubobo is seen all over Takayama. Look for the small faceless doll. It is a kind of good luck charm. Saru means monkey and bobo means baby. It is supposed to give pregnant women an easy birth. And it is looking after your children. This can be a good souvenir for a reasonable price. They are sold from around 350 Yen, depending on size and appearance.
    In 2001 Gonnie bought one, not knowing what it was exactly, with a keyring and a little bell. As we have no children, and are not planning to have them, it is working as a burglar alarm now. She attached it to her handbag, and it is ringing all the time when she moves. So if someone tries to open her handbag it will give another sound, it will go silent or ring faster. Giving her a warning some pickpockets are around.

    What to pay: 350 yen and up

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    All around Takayama are souvenirshops: Souvenirs

    by tompt Updated Aug 6, 2003
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    What to buy: Buy some souvenirs. Souvenirs in Japan are often something to eat. We didn´t particulairly like the sweets offered in nice boxes. Most sweets are filled with a sweet beanpaste. They look very nice, with special designs for Takayama.
    Sembei (rice crackers) are great. They are sold in several different tastes from salted to sweet. In some shops you can see how they are made.

    What to pay: Probably far too much. That is what the souvenir business is all about. We bought sembei for 300 Yen. The boxes of sweets costs from 700 Yen up to 1500 Yen.

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    A few shops in Sannomachi: Sake

    by tompt Updated Aug 6, 2003

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    sake brewery in Takayama

    What to buy: A speciality of Takayama is Sake. There are some breweries in Sannomachi, that sells sake in special decorated bottles. The breweries can be recognised by the ball hanging outside. And ofcourse by the bottles.....

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    Souvenir shops

    by bebejepang Written Aug 10, 2008
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    There are some souvenir shop at the bus stop. Prize is average.

    What to buy: You can find local craft or local food.

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    Shopping in Old Private Houses street: Old meets new

    by Restless-in-kl Written Jan 11, 2006

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    Very interesting street amoidst old private houses where some have been converted to become shops or restaurants.

    What to buy: Shops here range from antiques to snack shops and souvenirs

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