Ameyoko (Ameya Yokocho) in Tokyo

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  • Entrance of Ameyoko in Tokyo

    Entrance of Ameyoko Market Street in Ueno

  • Ameyoko in Tokyo

    Ameyoko Market Street in Ueno

  • Fish Products Ameyoko in Tokyo

    Fresh Fish Ameyoko Market Street in Ueno

  • Ameyoko Market Street in Tokyo

    Crowded Ameyoko Market Street in Ueno

  • Ameyoko Market Street in Tokyo

    Crowded Ameyoko Market Street in Ueno

  • Monument of Birthplace of Tohoku Joetsu in Tokyo

    Monument of Birthplace of Tohoku Joetsu Movement in Ueno

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Facts & Figures

Ameyoko, also known as Ameya Yokocho, is a 500 meters long market street within the Okachimachi district in Ueno. The market with its over 400 shops and a size of 15257 square meters is always really crowed and busy and one of the reasons is the affordable price level for products like souvenirs, shoes, clothes, swimwear, watches, confectionery, fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, tofu and much more. Best Ryokans in Tokyo Explore Ryokans in Tokyo >
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The word Ameyoko relates to the words America, candy, and alley. The market street is located along the elevated JR Yamanote Line between Ueno Station and Okachimachi station. This is not a typical clean and structured shopping street which you can find everywhere in Tokyo. It is actually the opposite with loud noises, less clean and a more chaotic feel to it. This is exactly why you have to come here to experience this other Japan. One important note the food stalls there are very popular and you have to try at least the famous takoyaki (octopus dumplings) or kakigori (Japanese ice cream). Thousands of people come here daily and it gets even more crowded at the end of December. This is the time when Japanese people buy ingredients for the traditional Japanese New Year food (osechi-ryori).

  • Ameyoko Shops
  • Opening Hours - 10:00 am to 8:00 pm - daily

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History

In the beginning Ameyoko was a black market, which sold products of departing American soldiers. This happened during the WW2 post-war period.

Location

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Ameyoko can be reached by a 2min walk from Ueno station in Tokyo.
Address: 6 Chome-10 Ueno Taito City, Tokyo 110-0005

How to get to Ameyoko?

  • get off at Ueno Station (North entrance) served by JR Yamanote Line

Sightseeing spots

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Monument of Birthplace of Tohoku Joetsu movement - It was a movement of people in the area to attract or bring a Shinkansen station to Ueno.

Tatakiuri - This shop sells boxes of cocolclate in a unique way. The seller puts them in a bag till it’s full and the price for everything is always 1000 yen.

Tokudai-ji - The temple, which enshrines the Buddhist guardian goddess Marishiten, survived the bombings of WW2 and the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. You will find this temple on top of a bean shop.

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

May

Sanja Festival - Three Shrine Festival (every third Sunday of May)
It is one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo (Sanja Festival, Kanda Matsuri, Sanno Matsuri at Hie Shrine). The festival last for 3 days and attracts more than 2 Mio visitors. It features a parade with 100 decorated floats and thousands of people.

August

Asakusa Samba Carnival (25th)
The Asakusa Samba Carnival is one of the biggest summer festivals in Tokyo. 18 teams competing for the title. The show starts at 1pm and ends at 6pm. Enjoy colorful costumes, samba floats and drummers.

December

Hagoita Ichi Fair (17th till 19th)
Every year in December the Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa is a magnet for thousands of visitors. Hagoita are artistic and brightly colored wooden paddle, which are used to play the traditional Japanese New Year's game called Hanetsuki. Hagoita are popular good luck charms and gifts.

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