Nawate Street

Nawate Street

Nawate Street

MATSUMOTO City

This little shopping district five-minutes walk south of Matsumoto Castle is a bustling pedestrian shopping area famous for its cute frog motif, which comes from its proximity to the river and its formerly abundant population of Kajika frogs. The real frogs are gone but stone statues and other reminders of the frogs remain. About 40 shops standing side by side here sell unique items like traditional folk utensils, antiques, and old-style candy, as well as several cafes. The beautiful weeping cherry blossom trees can be found along the street making it a perfect place for a spring stroll.

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