For those who think Japan is a place of order, descend into the chaos of Ameyoko to see the other side. Something between flea market and farmers market, Ameyoko has the feel of a bustling Southeast Asian night bazaar rather than the sterile, uber-polite shopping experience of most Japanese shops. Born from post-war Japan, Ameyoko provided a black market to purchase American goods. Today you’ll find everything from food, clothing, toys and perfume, all selling at discounts from department stores. You’ll also get the pleasure of getting lost in the narrow alleys beneath the JR tracks, a story to tell your friends back home.

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