Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tamako Market - Shopping Street

Usagiyama Shopping Arcade in Tamako Market were apparently modeled after Masugata Shopping Street in Kyoto so I went there to check it out. Kyoto is a bus city and the closest bus stop is Kawaramachi Imadegawa. I didn't have much info about this one, so I got surprised when I discovered that this was the place that had embraced the anime set there the most after Toyosato and Washinomiya. Possibly because the anime series is still recent though.

Image from Episode 1 - 00m44s

The sign is of course different, but the ladder and other details are correct.

Image from Episode 1 - 00m49s

Pretty accurate. Different season so the Christmas decorations are of course not up. Even the bench on the right was there. More about that bench later.

Image from Episode 1 - 01m47s

The decorations in the ceiling are slightly different.

Image from Episode 1 - 02m06s

Closeup of the decorations.

Image from Episode 1 - 02m09s

Notice how the lights in the ceiling are the same.

Image from Episode 1 - 05m27s

This is one of the better shots I got. Notice the yellow awning on the left, the fish shop on the right and of course the hanging fish from the roof. The Christmas decoration is now a Tamako Market poster ^_^

Image from Episode 1 - 01m12s

A meat shop. It doesn't match at all, but I thought I'd include it anyway.

Image from Episode 1 - 03m13s

Same with this flower shop. This is actually supposed to be it though unlike the meat shop above which is just a random meat shop.

Image from Episode 1 - 15m14s

One shop I did find that closely matched was this coffee shop.

They even had Tamako Market inspired items on the menu.

And speaking of Tamako Market items, there were posters everywhere.

Another one hanging from the ceiling.

And on advertising boards.

Even on the decorations.

Here's a signed one.

There's even one of these figures similar to the ones near the K-On school.

And remember that bench? Well, here it is.

It has guestbooks, just like the K-On school had.

I couldn't resist writing in it of course.

Oh, and there was this The Eccentric Family poster there as well, but more about that in a post to come...

Location map:

This location was visited on 2014/04/08.

Masugata official website

Special thanks to the ones who went here before:


  1. sugoi! is there a reallly tamaya market or ricecake oh!zee? if there is i really want to go there!

  2. I've just posted about my visit to the mochi shops location:

    Even if the shops aren't real, you can get that mochi shown in the anime nearby.