It's not like most Tokyo shopping districts. Ameyoko sales people are aggressive and willing to negotiate. This attracts bargain hunters from all over the city.
Sales tactics often include ridiculously low prices if you're willing to buy at bulk (e.g. 10 identical pairs of shoes). These are usually one time offers that resemble a auction.
Ameyoko ShoppingAmeyoko shops sell everything you can imagine — fish, food stuffs, fruits and vegetables, clothing, fashion accessories, shoes, cosmetics, toys, housewares, heath goods and sports equipment. It's known as a good place to find rare and unusual stuff.
RestaurantsThere are plenty of small restaurants and food stalls in Ameyoko.
New YearsSome Ameyoko shops sell traditional foods, wares and decorations for Japanese New Years. The market is extremely crowded in December.
Where's the Candy Market?Ameyoko first developed as a candy market in the early 20th century. After WWII the area became a black market as Japan's economy collapsed. When the economy recovered (in the 1950s) Ameyoko regained its legit status. The police still keep a close eye on the area. Ameyoko has a underworld feel. There's some candy but it's certainly not a candy market anymore.
Ameyoko For the TravelerMany shopkeepers in Ameyoko have been here for generations. The area has character. It's great for a walk or photo tour.
Area MapAmeyoko is approximately 3 blocks long and 2 blocks wide. It's crammed against the JR Yamanote line train tracks between Ueno and Okachimachi station.