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Ameyoko, originally short for Ameya Yokocho (candy shop alley), is always lively with vendors calling out to p …

Ameyoko, originally short for Ameya Yokocho (candy shop alley), is always lively with vendors calling out to potential customers. Apart from grocers, there are countless shops that carry shoes, clothing, and even international knick-knacks. The loveliest time of the year is late December, when the alley attracts such a large crowd of New Year’s shoppers that it’s virtually impossible to move.

Ameyoko is a fun place for those who enjoy being crushed half to death. If you visit on a Saturday evening, the density of the crowd is approximately that of a neutron star. As the market comes into view, you can be captured by its gravitational field and pull helplessly toward the nucleus.

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The true name of the market is Ameya-Yokochō, which means “Candy Shop Alley” and indicates the original focus of the area. Today, it’s been abbreviated to Ameyoko, and the mercantile focus has expanded. Over 500 shops compete for business, but there are easily enough customers to go around. You will be founded yourself darting into stores simply to take a break from the crowd.

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In Japanese, Ameyoko’s name also works as a pun on “American Market.” In the post-war years, this was a black market where many of the surplus American military goods could be found.

 There is so much to see around, and the food and clothing being sold here are cheap in comparison to other Tokyo markets. Ameyoko is really worth experiencing at least once. Please check it out!

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Station

Ueno,Okachimachi

Price

varies according to the shop

Open

varies according to the shop~varies according to the shop