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Kitchen Town (Kappabashi)

3-8-12 Matsugaya, Taito 111-0036, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3844-1225
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The stores in this neighborhood sell kitchen equipment and paper supplies to the city's restaurants. Of note are the specialty plastic food items, which are placed in restaurant windows to show passersby what goodies are being served inside.
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3-8-12 Matsugaya, Taito 111-0036, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
+81 3-3844-1225
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here after sensoji which was really crowded. About a 15 minute walk and we were at Kappabashi. It is filled with shops containing everything you would need to buy to run a resaturants. Good to have a nosey and window shop - see...More

Thank ckmc188
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here for the Kamata knife shop which is legendary. You can purchase an extremely well crafted (and exceptionally sharp) knife at Kamata and they will engrave your name in Katakana or Kanjii on the knife. However, we found the “kitchen town” shops quite...More

Thank PKDenton
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located near Ueno Railway Station, this area boasts numerous restaurants and eateries to tempt your palate. There are even Western options in the form of English and Irish pubs, and cocktail bars. Too many individual places to mention. Worth a walk through to check out,...More

Thank TravellingManOz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is such a fun part of town. It's just one densely packed street with TONS of kitchen items galore. There are two or three places with the fake food, but it's mostly just any kitchen item you cooks ever need for sale.

Thank DCTravelers69
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We have found that people really appreciate a Japanese knife as a gift, so that's why we head for Kappabashi. Some shops will engrave the knife with a name in Japanese characters, which personalizes the gift.

Thank Dirk W
Reviewed 16 May 2017

I love to cook and I don't think I will ever have all the gadgets that make it so much fun. Kappabashi Street has everything (custom knives, pots, pans, utensils, commercial and domestic aprons, chefs jackets, baskets, chop sticks, chairs etc). Don't forget to also...More

Thank kathyhouston
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

I love cooking and it's the perfect place to buy some nice dishes to bring home. Every year I buy something new. Soup spoon, soup bowl, lampion, chop sticks and the holder etc. Fix prices and nice people.

Thank Janine B
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

If you love to cook and eat this is a great street to visit. And if you are fascinated with the plastic food samples you see in the restaurant windows, you can find the shops where you can make your own at a workshop or...More

Thank Claudetteth
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Just stopped in this area on the way back from a temple. Great area if you are interested in cooking. Fantastic utensils and crockery, which is heavy and not practical to buy whilst away ... but I did. Could spend ages here

Thank karen m
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Except eating, eating and eating, you can find everything for in the kitchen or for on the table. Kniveshops with hundreds of different knives, thousands of pans and pots. If you like to buy also plastic food examples you can find really everything.

Thank Ed020
Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old
Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa.
Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit
a variety of different museums and galleries. At
Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the
grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed
alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at
the end of the year, when many people go on shopping
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Do the shops mail pottery back to the States? If so, is it costly?
14 May 2017|
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Response from fromagebleu | Reviewed this property |
Some do - I found some dinner plates in a little shop on Kappabashi St and asked if they mailed them overseas. The ladies didn't have a lot of english but showed me a price list (in english) of postage costs. I paid, gave... More
Is there a similar kitchen town near Shinjuku JR station?
17 January 2017|
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Response from hypnobluez | Reviewed this property |
I haven't seen anything similar near Shinjuku station.
Roland C
Hello, do the shop around the street accept credit card or mostly in cash terms?
29 September 2015|
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Response from tabisuki5 | Reviewed this property |
Roland C., I have not been to Kappabashi for a year but did not see any stores which carry foreign goods; many beautiful baskets and bamboo goods, amazing plastic foods, wonderful cast iron pots, pans, teapots, ladles, etc... More