Frog Street, or Nawate Street, is a popular shopping district in Matsumoto. It is especially lively during the weekend, when it is crowded with local people and visitors who come to the local antique market or just to spend a relaxing afternoon.
The street is named after the frogs that used to inhabit the area, but also after a number of frog statues that you can spot in the street. The word for frog (kaeru) can also mean “go back”, which is a way of encouraging people to come back to this district.
A view of frog street. You can find traditional clothing, antique shops, an international cafe, and traditional snacks like rice crackers (senbei) and taiyaki, fish-shaped batter cakes.
Yohashira Shrine is the place to go if you want your wish to come true, because it is dedicate to four deities, which is very rare. It was built in 1879 and named after its Four Pillars. It hosts many celebrations throughout the year.
The street is a ten minute walk from the train station: