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Ameyoko (Shopping Street)

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Ameyoko is a shopping street full of life now and in the old days, in addition to fresh food and candy, it also has shops offering clothes, shoes, bags, and even cosmetics. The good-humored vendors of each shop are firm supporters of face-to-face interaction. The area is always lively with vendors calling out to potential customers. While it is famous for fish and crabs, apart from grocers, there are countless shops that carry shoes, clothing, and even international knick-knacks.

Things to Do in Ameyoko

As the name itself says ("Ameya Yokocho" or "Candy Street") is a street, close to Ueno, where you can find candies, but also salty snacks and many other interesting goods. The stores located on Ameyoko streets are distinctive, traditional and very different from the refined shops you can find in other touristic areas around Tokyo like Shinjuku or Shibuya. Ameyoko is the perfect place to shop for Japanese and international goods while enjoying a unique walk that's so contrasting with the big, flash malls of the Japanese capital, offering you a less cosmopolitan and more traditional shopping experience. 
Together with the delicious food shops, Ameyoko is also full of many other stores selling a huge variety of goods. You can easily find a great selection of souvenirs from Tokyo and other memorabilias. Travelers and tourists come to Ameyoko to find unique pieces that cannot be found anywhere else, like clothes designed with traditional Japanese patterns, "kawaii" (cute) items and cosmetics, Japanese tea, ingredients and many others!

A visit to Ameyoko can also be the perfect excuse to try Japanese street food like seafood bowls, takoyaki, menchi-katsu and many more!

How to Get to Ameyoko

If you happen to visit Ueno, maybe right after a visit to the famous park, you can walk and reach Ameyoko in a few minutes. It's very easy to spot: being usually super busy with locals and tourists, you will always find a crowd of people, and the street is conveniently located along the Yamanote Line between Okacihimachi to Ueno Station.

From Ueno Park, you can reach Ameyoko in a few minutes walk.

More Information about Ameyoko

Street address

6-10-7 UenoTaito-ku, Tokyo

Access

Route1

  • Short walk from JR Ueno Station Central Exit or JR Okachimachi Station North Exit

Route2

  • Short walk from Tokyo Metro Ueno Station Exit 5B, Naka-okachimachi Station / Ueno-hirokoji Station Exit A2/A5/A7

Opening Hours

Varies depending on the establishment

Closed

Varies depending on the establishment

Website

http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/taito/education/67.html?PHPSESSID=osdf42qhtn7m9gcoofv7m8d9k2

Best season

All year

Point

The liveliest time of the year is late December, when the alley attracts such a large crowd of New Year’s shoppers that it’s virtually impossible to move.

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