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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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Great street to wander and (window) shop

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank hfot2
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anything needs Kitchen or Restaurant related, you can find it here and I mean anything. The strip is probably about one kilometer long with stores supplying everything from toothpicks, cutlery, crockery, pots and pans to electrical goods. Also one of the best places to source professional Japanese chef knives. Take your time and check out what you are looking for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I expected more, yet I didn't. I like paradoxical statements. Sometimes, they describe my feelings very well. I knew that this place didn't have a lot to offer in terms of attractions. I still went because I'm interested. And I like food. So, what did I see there? I saw some very specialized shops there. Shops that sell only knives,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderfully eclectic shops selling a huge range of things for the kitchen or restaurant. From the kitsch plastic food to the sublime hand forged knives and choppers to the grandiose tables with built in barbecues. And everything in between. Heaven for a chef of any type and a truly Japanese experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed browsing through the shops with all their unique items. Wish I brought a list of things needed or had more room in my suitcase.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can stay here all day long and still not get enough. It's really a paradise for people who like to cook and are interested in cooking, eating and drinking well. They also have professional kitchen goods and "very good to have" handy tools that you will discover while walking in and out of the stores. This street in Kappabashi... More 

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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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