Like Akihabara, during the post-WWII period the area between the Ueno Station and the Okachimachi Station was known for its black market. Known as Ameyoko, the name of the place comes from Ameya Yokocho ("candy store alley"), but during the black market period “Ame” was also referring to… America, the main source for the merchandise sold here.
Today, Ameyoko hosts hundreds of stores and it is one of the most popular (and crowded) commercial areas in Tokyo, with a huge variety of merchandise.
Travel tip: If you want to visit Ameyoko for shopping, I recommend you to take a look at the guide of the magazines that can be found on the official site: ameyoko.net
As for me, I like to wander aimlessly between the shops, enjoying the pleasure of discovery. And I especially like it by night, when the lights are lit and the crowd thins out…
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: