The whole area around Ameyoko is filled with side streets which branch off all over the gaff. Somewhere in here you can make some dog tags of your 2D girl/boyfriends, buy some frozen pigs ears to bring back for your nephew, stock up on old military equipment so that you can get treated like a criminal while going through security checks at the airport and you can also stop by the many stalls selling hot n cold snacks to keep you going.
While there are many foreigners who visit Ameyoko, many locals come here to do their daily shopping which makes this place special in that you also get to see a slice of life in Japan.
Previously however, Ameyoko wasn't so much about "A slice of life" - rather a "Slice of somebody's knife." After the Second World War, Ameyoko became a black market where a load of rogue soldiers and gangsters would come to wheel n deal and occasionally shoot others.
The authorities at the time turned to a business man called Hirokichi Kondo and asked for his help to buy up 80 stores in the Ameyoko area with the main purpose to drive out the trouble makers. Over time, Ameyoko started to become a safer place to be.