One of the most popular discount shopping streets near Ueno Station and Okachimachi Station is known as Ameyoko Shopping Street. Ameyoko Shopping Street in Tokyo is highly known for its wide variety of products. The word Ameyoko comes from two words, “Ameya” which means “Americans” and “ya” which means “shop”, together they means American Shop.
Ameyoko Shopping Street was originally opened as a black market post-war, now it is a popular spot to buy cheap goods. The market includes numerous kinds of shops such as food, clothes, shoes, cosmetics, etc. Ameyoko Shopping Street is very close to JR Yamanote Line so by following the train line, one can easily reach the shopping street. Here one gets vegetables, fresh fish, clothes, fruit, tofu, sneakers, sweets as well as used golfing goods and used brand watches.
Ameyoko Shopping Street has many affordable restaurants, all of the food served is highly recommend by visitors. However, some restaurants have limited seats, but still visitor get the opportunity to enjoy the yummy food. Ameyoko Shopping Street is considered one as best spots for eating and shopping. This market offers great discounts during the New Year. Ameyoko Shopping Street is one of the few places in Tokyo where you can bargain.
Ameyoko Shopping Street is a really fun place to explore. On the weekends it is extremely crowded. Here, everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. Not only locals come here to do their daily shopping but also many foreigners visit. After the Second World War this discount shopping street, also famously known as “A slice of life”, was a well-known black market. A place where gangsters and rogue soldiers from far and wide would come to occasionally wheel and deal while partaking in other nefarious activities.
At that time, the authorities turned to a businessman known as Hirokichi Kondo. He was asked for help buy about 80 stores in the Ameyoko area. The main purpose behind this was to expel the trouble makers. After a while, Ameyoko started to become a safer place to be. Now, Ameyoko Shopping Street is a multicultural mix of supermarkets, bargain open-air food stores, restaurants, bars and shops.
Ameyoko Shopping Street is crowded around New Years with people seeking out ingredients for the traditional Japanese New Year foods (osechi-ryori). Ameyoko Shopping Street is also very close to Akihabara. People also love to come here for shopping during New Years for the great discounted items offered during this time. Ameyoko Shopping Street is pretty easy to get to and find. Everyone who has visited Ameyoko Shopping Street loves this place and recommends it to others to visit. Enjoy cheap eats and buy weird goods.
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Ameyoko Shopping Street
Address: 4 Chome Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
2 minute walk from Ueno Station
5 minute walk from Okachimachi Station
Website: Ameyoko Shopping Street