4-9-14 Ueno, Taitō, Tokyo 110-0005, Japan
Photo by José Fuste Raga / age fotostock
Ameya-YokochoAmeya-Yokocho, often shortened to Ameyoko, is a boisterous open-air market that sits under the Yamanote line train tracks. It’s open for business year-round, so it's a good alternative if you want to visit a fish market when Tsukiji is closed. As Ameyoko fishmongers call out discounted prices for blocks of tuna to passing customers, the sound of the overhead passing trains adds to the atmosphere. You'll also find a mishmash of shops selling pantry staples, jeans, luggage, shoes, and Japanese candies, and the area is filled with cheap eats, including a handful of izakaya, or pubs, that are open from mid-morning on for a cold beer and grilled chicken skewers.