Lonely Planet review
This unabashed shopping street is one of the few areas in which some of the rough-and-readiness of old Shitamachi still lingers. Step into this alley paralleling the JR Yamanote Line tracks, and ritzy, glitzy Tokyo may seem like a distant memory. The gravelly irasshai (‘Welcome’) and ikaga desu ka? (‘How about buying some?’) of fishmongers, fruit and vegetable sellers and clothing vendors, and the healthy smattering of open-air markets, couldn’t be further from Ginza or Aoyama.
In the Ameyoko Center building , Chinese, Korean and Southeast Asian merchants have set up their own shopping arcade where you’ll find exotic cooking spices, fresh seafood, durians and other unusual imported items.