Ameyoko shotengai


Ameyoko shotengai

The Ameyayo shotengai(shopping street) grew out of a black market that sprung up following the end of World War II. It is a shopping district that retains the good old feel of downtown Tokyo.

The Ameyayokocho shotengai(shopping street) is located between JR Okachimachi Station and JR Ueno Station. It is a lively market with the charming atmosphere of historic downtown Tokyo and is visited by many shoppers every day. In addition to the well-known fish and crab, there is a wide variety of shops selling everything from clothing to Asian food, as well as food stalls. Looking back at its history, it is said to have grown out of a black market that sprung up in the years following the end of World War II. Initially, when sweets were valuable, many shops sold sweet potato candies and candies called amedama, but once the Korean War started in 1950, many shops began selling articles procured from the American military forces and the Market gradually changed from a black market to a shopping district. Because it was selling imported goods, it began to be called Ameyoko, which is a combination of ”Ameya-yokocho” (candy store lane) and ”Amerika-yokocho” (America lane). Even today, there is an ”Ameya-yokocho” sign on the Ueno side where many food stores are, and an ”Ameyoko” sign on the Okachimachi side, where many import stores are. It is well-known as a market full of shoppers buying fresh food at the end of the year to prepare for the New Year. It is a short walk from the central exit of JR Ueno Station.


  • Address

    4, Ueno, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0005

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  • Nearest Station
    Ueno Station
    ・ Hokkaido Shinkansen Line
    ・ Tohoku Shinkansen Line
    ・ Akita Shinkansen Line
    ・ Yamagata Shinkansen Line
    ・ Joetsu Shinkansen Line
    ・ Hokuriku Shinkansen Line
    ・ JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
    ・ JR Yamanote Line
    ・ JR Tohoku Main Line
    ・ JR Utsunomiya Line
    ・ JR Takasaki Line
    ・ JR Joban Line
    ・ Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
    ・ Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
    Hirokoji Exit
    1 minute on foot
    Keisei Ueno Station
    ・Keisei Main Line
    ・Narita Sky Access
    1 minutes on foot

    Okachimachi Station
    ・JR Yamanote Line
    ・JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
    1 minutes on foot

    Naka-Okachimachi Station
    ・Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
    1 minutes on foot

    Ueno-Hirokoji Station
    ・Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
    1 minutes on foot

    Ueno-Okachimachi Station
    ・Toei Oedo Line
    1 minutes on foot

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