Okachimachi Restaurant Guide

Okachimachi was part of Taito ward until 1964, and the area around the station is still called by that name. During the Meiji and Taisho eras it was a pleasure quarter home to many circus tents and entertainment halls as well as shooting ranges, and restaurants serving beef, tempura, oden and many other treats. Once the Showa era began, and after Okachimachi Station was completed, the area of Ueno-Hirokoji on the west side flourished. Ueno Matsuzakaya is a department store that has been located in the same place since the Edo era. Ginza Mitsukoshi is the only other department store in Tokyo that has been in the same location for so long. From Okachimachi Station to the elevated tracks west of Ueno Station, Ameya-Yokocho (also known as Ame-Yoko) is a famous shopping street that extends for 400 meters along and underneath the elevated tracks and has about 400 stores. It developed as a black market after World War II, and got its name because many of the goods sold there originated from the American military forces who were occupying Japan. Currently, many of the shops there are food stores. Scenes of the large crowds of people buying their groceries there for the New Year's holidays are often featured on television as an end-of-year tradition. In Higashi-Ueno there is also Kimchi-Yokocho, which is the Korea-town in Tokyo with the longest history.

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