|Tokyo Ueno | Ameyoko Arcade (Ameya Yokocho) - Market, Shopping Street & Eating|
|Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00|
Ameya Yokocho or briefly known as Ameyoko is a bustle market street paralleling Yamanote Line tracks between Okachimachi and Ueno Station. Shops, restaurants, outdoor food stalls or what the local called as 'Yatai' are practically operating from sunrise till dark takes over under a stretch of concrete train tracks.
Interestingly, there are two versions on how the name Ameya Yokocho came about. First, it was explained that plenty of candy stores were found here in the old days. 'Ame' means 'sweets', 'ya' means 'shops' and 'Yokocho' is translated as 'alley', thus gave it the name 'Candy-stores alley'. Another version defined that this market alley sold numerous American goods when it started as a post-war black market. Thus, 'Ame' stands for American.
Intermingled with the sound of train gushing and people trading, the sight shops spill out into alley, selling fresh seafood, fruits, dried marine produce, clothing, shoes, bags, cosmetics and spices is a scene of unusual charm. Restaurants are extended out with tables and stools . Diners frequent in casual manner any time of the day. A place to shop like the locals and bargain!
Easily locate from south exit of Ueno Station or north exit of Okachimachi Station, Ameyoko stretches about 400 meters. An open air-market with fabulous spot to hunt for Japanese delicacy. Another plus, this is also the place to take away Japanese culture, watch people flocking and drinking after a long day at work.
Business hours: Varies by shops, usually between 10 am through 8 pm.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 May 2010 13:01|
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