Seemingly far from the madding crowds of the Public Market – at least on summer days when every tourist in town seems to be there – this back-alley strip is a relaxing alternative. You'll find a short string of unique artisan stores, from painters to jewelers. Be sure to check out the Artisan Sake Maker.

There's often a busker here on summer afternoons, so it's worth hanging around the alley for a bit.

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