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Kitchen Town (Kappabashi)

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 3-8-12 Matsugaya, Taito 111-0036, Tokyo Prefecture
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The stores in this neighborhood sell kitchen equipment and paper supplies...

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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Must visit this area if you want to buy some knives!

Came to this to visit the shrine and also visit the old part of Tokyo and was recommended by a friend to visit the kitchen road to get some great Japanese knives! Bought 2 and on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Came to this to visit the shrine and also visit the old part of Tokyo and was recommended by a friend to visit the kitchen road to get some great Japanese knives! Bought 2 and on the same road is the tax refund office so you can shop and get some money back! Bring your passport!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed walking through Kappabashi. We got some fake food! It's pretty expensive. We bought a $50 USD plate of rice and meat! But the items are definitely not what you can find other places.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're a Chef probably you would think you've died and gone to kitchen heaven. But apparently not. This place is amazing for those who are into culinary, pastry or just simply cooking. We went to the shop where in the building has the giant Chef on top. I needed a few items for my kitchen yet I can't stop... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must visit (even on sundays)! It is very interesting to see all the househoulds japanese people use (no electronics, only cuttlery, dishes, pots, jars, etc...). Everything is offered; from private use to restaurant equipment. Many tiny shops are the and each specialized in something. I saw even one just for brushes, how crazy is that? In my opinion this... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was excited to see Kappabashi and get my picture of the chef head. Even more impressive than the chef head were the tea cup balconies across the street - why are they never mentioned? These stores have everything you could ever think of for a kitchen. I loved seeing all the different plastic display food. So interesting and not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Kappabashi dori for kitchen supplies is a necessity for us on almost every trip we make to Japan. Knives, graters, ingredients we can’t get here in Vermont - we can buy it all somewhere in the area. It’s a great place to shop for yourself and for gifts. It’s also fun to look into all the small stores and see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Lots of wonderful cooking things to choose from. From knives that look like they should be in an art gallery to little doodads and pretty ceramics and every gadget invented.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

I loved walking in this street between Asakusa and Yanaka. The shops offer some interesting and unsual products, and a very good variety of kitchen ware. Some offered very reasonable price for Japanese style ceramics and wooden objects.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

We came here after traveling around Japan for two weeks and I wish we had more time to explore more of the shops here. They have everything you could want - baskets, ceramics, knives, appliances, pots, pants, etc. - at a variety of price points. We ended up buying ceramics and knives as presents for family and friends. And a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Only a short walking distance from Asakusa is Kappabashi Kitchenware town.It was established over 90 years ago and in less than a kilometre has 170 shops that sells professional kitchen ware, restaurant equipment, knives, plastic food for displays and good Japanese porcelain ware.If it relates to food cooking and you cannot get it here it probably is not available.

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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 sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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