Looking for an interesting eating tour in one of Tokyo's most famous shopping streets? Ameyoko is your answer! The area is also known as Ameya Yokocho for it has the characteristics of the typical yokocho alleys where you find heaps of cheap bars and eateries. Here are some great shops to stop at for a tasty treat while you stroll in the area!
Ameya Yokocho is a popular shopping street with many side alleys in the shitamachi (working-class neighborhood) of Ueno. It is colorful and lively, and has a plethora of small, a bit rowdy izakayas (Japanese-style taverns) and food stands and restaurants. There is a big immigrant population in the area so its common to find South-East Asian, Chinese or even Turkish foods here! A must see area if you are visiting Tokyo. A good way to enjoy Ameyoko is by taking an eating tour of the place, trying out small portions of the many different foods available. Here are a few things you should try!
ACCESS: Ameyoko is at a short walking distance from the following:
JR Ueno Station: central Exit Tokyo Metro Ueno station Exit 5B Tokyo Metro Naka Okachimachi Exit A2, A5, A7
You will definitely notice its iconic gate when you get there.
Why not start your tour of the area by grabbing a nice piece of fresh fruit on a skewer! This is a very Japanese thing to do during the hot summer. A slice of red melon costs 200 yen and the various other fruits are usually just 100 yen. The quality is really good and the fruits are reliably sweet!
Continue on your walk to this place. It has rave reviews for its Chinese steam buns! People come here just for these juicy and meaty freshly cooked little buns. They are so good that it's hard not to burn your mouth eating them. You can get 4 for 380 yen. And why not order a beer too while you're here?
Usagiya is another great place to stop for a cheap treat. This dorayaki (a Japanese dessert made of two sponge cake patties stuffed with red bean jam) sells for 200 yen! Various other Japanese desserts of the same style are also available here.
This place is alway so crowded! They serve a variety of foods that include delicious Chinese-style soups and dumplings, but the thing you might want to try is the lamb grilled on a skewer. The piece is about 15 cm long and sells for only 150 yen! It slightly spicy and just really delicious.
This is a small standing bar-style restaurant that can only have have about 10 people. It has a South-East Asian style kind of atmosphere, and it is the best place to have an oyster set! You can have three oysters for 1000 yen and you can choose to have them raw, steamed or fried. Another delicious stop at one of Ameyoko's many small shops.
There are plenty of cheap izakaya-style taverns with indoor and outdoor seats. Just go to the one that is most tempting to you. These places might get a bit loud so get into a yokocho alley mood and you should have lots of fun!
Ameyoko is a great spot to visit while you are in Ueno. It has so many tasty shops where you can have quick eats. Trying various foods in small portions makes for the best experience of Ameyoko. Enjoy your walking tour!
If you'd like to explore other back alley areas of Tokyo, please check out the guides below as well.