Top choice market in Ueno & Yanesen

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Step into this partially open-air market paralleling and beneath the JR line tracks, and ritzy, glitzy Tokyo feels like a distant memory. It got its start as a black market, post-WWII, when American goods (which included ameya – candy and chocolates) were sold here. Today you can pick up everything from fresh seafood to vintage jeans and bargain sneakers.

Our favourite shops include enka (Japanese folk ballads) specialist music store Ameyoko Rizumu; high-fashion sneaker shop Mita Sneakers; and sukajan (embroidered silk bomber jackets) specialist Ōkuma Shōkai. Plenty of bargain packs of sweets are still sold here.