Friday, April 16, 2010

Nostalgic shopping district Okage Yokocho

okage yokocho shops
The shopping area Okage Yokocho in Uji, Ise city in mie prefecture, was created in July 1993 to reproduce the streets of Iseji road in the late Edo and early Meiji period, with gratitude (“okage”) toward Ise Jingu.

In front of the Ise Jingu Naiku, the place is not a theme park and thus is not admission charge, with 45 stores in typical structures of the Ise area, to experience the flavor of the old local shops, the regional food, the customs and the people.

The area is always full of isejingu visitors purchasing souvenirs, specially the famous akafuku mochi.

okage yokocho
Okageza is museum to experience visit to Ise during the edo period.



AdelaideBen said...

Looks very scenic... even if a little on the wet side. What were the shops like? Touristy, or were there some good things to be found?

Certainly beats shopping in the mall!

island4jp said...

It is definitely a beautiful place, the people of the area have pay attention to keep the a consistent image, the bank and a post office front matched the area perfectly, although once inside the magic is gone. The other shops are more focus for the temple visitors with souvenirs and local food, but at least the interior is still nostalgic style.