Walking over the street-crossing at the station the Ameya Yokocho starts next to the train tracks.
Between the street market Ameya Yokocho and the Shinjuku/Ginza Underground shopping mile are lightyears.
Ameya Yokocho reeks, it is crowded and they sell everything from dried jellyfish to wellies, fruits, fish, mushrooms, mobile phones. The restaurant boothes are small, dark and shabby on the cheap side. The smoke of the grills and oil of frying pans painted them in a greasy black or brown. The street market may look the same since many years: A market for the working people far away from blingbling. I had Udon at the museum, so no need to try kebab or yakitori. The kebab dealer called me over: neesan, neesan try my kebab. Neesan told him that this is the most common street food in Germany called Doener...and I am not going to eat Doener in Tokyo, but thanks and have a nice day - he was a guy from turkey. So Doener found the way into the far outside. In the stores the meat and seafood was sold uncooled and the chicken parts were stored in plastic bags at the floor. Could have been any average street market scene in China too or an oriental bazaar.