asakusa chikagai

The underground mall that opened 50 years ago has lots of quirky shops.

“Asakusa Chika-gai” (literally, Asakusa underground mall) was opened in 1955. It has not been renovated for many years, and recently has been showing it’s age. Rain can often be seen leaking through crevices adding to the entertainment of the atmosphere. There are a variety of shops ranging from Chinese food to Thai food, Vietnamese food, Ramen, and even fortune telling and a hairdresser, all together generating a kind of nostalgic Asian atmosphere.


How about getting a haircut for 700 yen?

There are many “quirky” shops in the underground mall that might intrigue your curiosity. Among these shops is a 700yen hairdresser that is secretly causing a buzz among people. This price is incredibly cheap considering the reasonable price of a haircut all over Japan. However, the shop draws the line with rules like, “For women, short hairstyle only, and children must be over the 4th grade in elementary school.”


These nostalgic cheap bars offer good food and drinks at cheap prices!

Asakusa is known as one of the most famous touristic destination in Tokyo and Along with it, Asakusa is getting expensive. This underground mall is where you can get cheap food and cheap drinks. You might feel it’s a bit difficult to enter the underground as it is dark, but in fact there are many delightful shops loved by the local people. Please try to visit if you have a chance to come to Asakusa.




1-1-12 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

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Address 1-1-12 Asakusa, Taito-ku
Access There is an entrance in front of the mall “Matsuya.” The mall is directly connected to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.