We made a stop at the Ueno station (using the Yamanote Line) after we read that there were a few interesting places to see here, especially the Ameyoko (a short form of Ameya-yokocho). It’s also known as the candy street or the American street because it was famous for selling candies and American goodies back in the old days. It’s somewhat similar to the Pasar Malam concept back home. However, just like what I said in my previous post, no haggling of prices were allowed.
It looked like a back alley in a glance. It’s situated right next to the railway tracks as you can see it here from the picture.
Similar to the street back in Asakusa, most of the stuff there could be found here too but at a relatively cheaper price. There is a wet market located underground, but you do have to look for the entrance. Funny thing was, we didn’t even know a wet market existed. We saw people walking through a dark alley and down a flight of stairs. Out of curiosity, we went ahead and followed them and we were quite surprised to see a wet market beneath the streets. We spent about 2 hours here just going through the shops to get all those weird but tasty Japanese crackers. If you’re a fan of Japanese tea, here’s a good place for you to scout for some good but cheap teas too.
Most Japanese drop by this street to get their daily necessities after work. So the crowd gets larger by the evening. Unless you wish to be part of the crowd, try to be there earlier so you have some room to breathe.
I find Japanese shops so cute! Okay, fine. That doesn’t sound too manly. I’m just trying to point out that the shops were so neat, tidy and graphically enhanced. However, most shops were not very big in the inside. I’ve seen Caucasians having a hard time maneuvering into them since they generally have bigger frames. Some even had to duck too just to get pass the door.
We had a great time here, especially when we’re busy hunting for goodies. If you’re planning to get some souvenirs home, Ameyoko street is definitely a good place to be.