Ameyoko, Tokyo's most famous street food market アメヤ横
Stretch of open-air market!
Located between Ueno and Okachimachi stations, Ameyoko is Tokyo's most prominent street food market. The street is a lively open-air market with these 400 meters of shops spread along the Yamanote Line! You can find everything: clothing, fashion accessories, fruit, and vegetables... But it is above all for its food stalls that Ameyoko is famous today, several dozen stalls that reflect the multi-cultural heritage that the district has forged over the past 70 years!
A multi-cultural heritage
Created after the Second World War for food storage, Ameyoko is a pleasant market. Sunglasses, lighters, chocolate, sugar, the street which only runs along a small part of the railway line is renowned for its products imported straight from the United States. A specificity that earned it the name ''Ameyoko'', or "candy side," the first part of the name also refers to the North American origin of the imports.
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Very popular, the market has long been seen as an essential source of income for local traders. In the 1950s, a whole new type of food even appeared on the street of pleasures: Tohoku fish!
Eager to expand their clientele, fishermen in northern Japan began to sell their products en masse on the shelves of the small market. An initiative that was then very successful since Tohoku products have been an integral part of the streetscape.
Ameyoko evolved at the rate of migration policies; other traders came to complete the list of regulars in the district during the 1970s. Initially from the four corners of the world, they then gave a new face to the market, which now extended on both sides of the railway line. . An even more sophisticated look than initially, which today makes Ameyoko one of the most popular "street food" markets in the country.
Flavors from the end of the world
Famous for its bargains, the market is a must not be missed during a trip to the archipelago. And for a good reason, you can find absolutely everything in Ameyoko!
- Japanese cuisine
Lovers of Japanese cuisine, Ameyoko is the place to go. From national specialties like kaisendon (a bowl of rice topped with hot or raw fish) to street food usually eaten at matsuri like takoyaki (octopus dumplings) or kakigori (Japanese ice cream), you'll find countless food stalls here!
The latter then offers the possibility of eating on the spot or standing in front of the stand and displaying ultra-competitive prices: 200 to 500 yen per dish ($1.50 - 4/1.25- 3.50€)!
- Foreign cusine
Due to its rich history, the district has welcomed many foreign merchants. Kebab, pizza, spring rolls, or even Korean desserts, many Japanese people come to Ameyoko to savor these dishes of distant origin. A specificity of which the neighborhood looks pretty proud since one of the most popular desserts on the street is a Korean specialty: cheese donuts to be dipped in a whole heap of savory or sweet sauces!
In Ameyoko, alcohol flows freely! And whether it's foreign liquor stores or sake shops, there's always a place in the market to awaken your senses.
- Candies and sweets
True to its name, Ameyoko is also famous for its sweets. Some businesses even offer to fill bags with Japanese sweets for only 1,000 yen ($8/7€), such as the favorite Shimura Candy Shop, a store specializing in the sale of local confectionery for over 35 years!
See also: Sweet break at konbini.
- Clothes and accessories
Beyond food, the market is also a mecca of fashion at low prices. Clothing, jewelry, accessories, and leather goods, you will easily find something to quench your shopping fever in the streets of Ameyoko. Please take advantage of it; the market offers reductions throughout the year!
Address, timetable & access
TimetableA few minutes walk from Ueno station (Yamanote, Keihintohoku, Ginza, Hibiya lines)
Access10am - 8pm