Ameya-yokocho shopping street, also known as Ameyoko, is a famous outdoor market, along the JR Yamanote Line between Okachimachi and Ueno Stations.
The market used to be made a black market after WWII, and remains chaotic and ramshackle even now. It is said that ameya-yokocho was named because shops sold American army goods or candies (ame in Japanese).
Nowadays, not only army goods or candies, but also many things like clothes, bags, fish, and vegetables are sold at ameyoko.
The shop called Shimura Shoten sells a large amount of chocolate cheaply. The shop staff say to visitors, “Hey, why don’t you buy chocolate? This is only 1000yen! I will put more and more chocolate in this bag!”
Because the shop sells a large amounts of chocolate stuffed fully in a plastic bag at only 1000 yen, there is a crowd of people in front of the store.
There is a sweets and snacks shop called Niki no Kashi. There are many chocolates, snacks, candies, and dried food. You can buy Kit Kat, Umai-bo, or senbei (sembei).
There is a temple called Marishiten Tokudaiji near Niki no Kashi. This temple is a very quiet place surrounded by the bustling Ameyoko shopping street. The Marishiten God is worshipped because it is said the God helps to escape from danger.
Minatoya, an eatery of seafood bowls, is always crowded with many people. There are various kinds of seafood bowls for 500 – 1000 yen. Tsukiji is also famous for seafood, but you can eat seafood bowls cheaply seafood at Ueno Ameyoko.
The salmon roe & roasted fatty salmon bowl is only 600 yen. It’s tasty and cheap!
Foreign tourists have been increasing rapidly and street stalls owned by foreigners also increasing.
You can eat soup dumplings, Chinese spicy ramen and Turkish kebabs. Ameyoko is getting more and more international.
Under elevated railway tracks, cheap and cozy taverns are open from daytime and office workers often drink alcohol there.
A famous tavern called Daitoryo is full of people. Daitoryo serves tasty motsuyaki (spit roasted yakitori). There are a lot of taverns and Ueno is a paradise for drinkers.
[How to go] Near Okachimachi Station (御徒町駅) on JR Yamanote Line (山の手線) or Keihin-Tohoku Line (京浜東北線)
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