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Ameyokocho – Tokyo Deal Shopping

If you are a bargain shopper, Ameyokocho is a must visit in Tokyo. We visited yesterday, and it was crazy busy with shoppers negotiating deals on crab, tuna, sneakers and bags. My favorite items to buy in Ameyokocho are nuts, dried beans and spices that are much cheaper than in the local supermarket. Ameyokocho (アメ横) is one of Tokyo’s busiest ameyokocho, bestlivingjapan.commarket streets located along the Yamanote Line tracks between Okachimachi and Ueno Stations. It is also easy to reach from Ueno-Okachimachi Station on the Oedo Line, or Naka-Okachimachi Station on the Hibiya Line. While you are in the area, check out Ueno Zoo, The National Museum or the Shitamachi Museum.

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Wondering what you can find at Ameyokocho? Why it’s fun to visit? Ameyokocho is a side street that runs parallel to the Yamanote train line and still holds a lot old world charm with shopkeepers yelling out their deals. The shops that offer apparel, raw foods, spices and daily goods are jammed into ameyokocho, best living japanabout a half of a kilometer. There are also many restaurants from Japanese to kebabs. I recommend spending an hour or two wondering the area before sitting down to a yummy lunch. Most of the shops are open from 10:00 – 19:00 with some closed on Wednesdays.

If you are wondering what “Ameyoko,” there are two theories although no one really knows. One theory is that Ameya Yokocho” means candy store alley that used to be sold in mass on this street. The other theory is that “Ame” stands for “America” because a lot of American products were sold on the black market in ameyokocho signthis area following World War Two. Either way, today Ameyokocho is a sweet deal.

ameyokocho 1You can ask for a deal but be polite. Try saying “benkyo shite kudasai” (Please give me a discount) to get a better price. You can also ask for more discount if you are buying bulk. Note that hardcore negotiations and or being rude will get you nowhere in Japan.

Ameyokocho Details
Address: 4 Ueno, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.ameyoko.net/ (Japanese language only)
Hours: Vary by store, but usually 10:00 – 19:00, many stores closes on Wednesdays. Opens early three days before New Year.
Access: 5 min walk from Ueno and Okachimachi stations on the Yamanote Line, also a quick walk from the Hiroo and Oedo Lines at the Okachimachi stations.ameyokocho 3, bestlivingjapan.com

Note: Weekends and holidays are extremely crowded and not stroller friendly. Recently there have been many reports of stolen wallets.

Ameyokocho – Tokyo Deal Shopping


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