Rabu, 01 Agustus 2012
Souvenir Shopping in Asakusa
So many shops to choose. So many cute products, screaming, "Look at me! Bring me home!"
The prices are fixed, no need to haggle. I think this is nice. Saves time. And the prices are reasonable. My partner got a yukata--casual kimono wear--for 1,780 yen. I got myself a cotton handkerchief with printed Japanese flowers for 120 yen.
Tips on shopping here:
- Bring enough cash. Most shops do not accept credit cards.
- If you are into buying small items from gashapon vending machines, stock yourself with 100 and 500 yen coins.
- Avoid haggling over the price, unless you're buying in bulk. However, sometimes the seller will reduce the price without you asking them to. (This happened to my partner, lucky him!)
- Bring a calculator with you and remember the exchange rate before you shop.
- Some shops are cheaper than the others. If you really like something and you're not certain you're getting the best price, look around first.
- Ask permission first before taking pictures of the wares. Some do not like people snapping pictures at their shops.
- Use comfortable shoes, since you'll be walking a lot in this area, trust me!