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“A paradise for those who love cooking”

Kitchen Town (Kappabashi)
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 11 September 2013

You can get wonderful souvenirs as well as everything and anything you need for the kitchens. A paradise for professional cook and chef and restaurant professionals.

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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Here you can see and buy fake food like you find the displays of restaurants. It'a a bit expensive but each dish is like a work of art. You can also buy budget kitchen supplies like tupperwares, pots and knives in this area and there are plenty of cute Japanese-style crockery shops too.

2  Thank Sarah D
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Love Kappabashi! Could happily spend all day wandering around those kitchen shops with very narrow aisles! If you need ANYTHING for your home in Japan (or even to take back), go here!! Some beautiful teapots/cups in a store on the corner of the main road and another big road as well. Cannot for the life of me remember which street but they have their wares out on the street surrounding their shop as well and they have an upstairs area too.

3  Thank Fiona V
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

I love to cook and to collect household items as decoration. Japan is one of the best countries where I can find nice cutlery, porcelain and pottery items. In Tokyo, the best place is at Kappabashi. The easiest place to get there is by Ginza Metro Line, Tawaramachi station G18. As Kappabashi is hidden in one of the streets and there is lack of signage upon exit of G18, it is best to ask for direction the minute you reach the street level of G18 exit. Or remember this, when you reach the street level of G18 exit, you make a 180 degree turn meaning that you will face in opposite direction. Then walk a few steps forward and you will find come to a Main Street where you can see another G18 exit across the street. Please take note that that G18 exit across the street is where you need to catch the Metro on your return journey.

With the other G18 exit in front of you and the G18 exit where you exited behind you, turn to your right and keep walking. You will cross two small streets and when you reach an intersection, look up, you will notice the icon resembling a chef. Well done, you have reached Kappabashi. Turn right and your hunting and shopping will start.

Do not forget to explore the shops which make plastic models of sushi and other Japanese dishes. These models look real. It is good to buy a few ( not cheap ) but lasting if you keep them away from heat and is washable.

I love to buy cooking utensils like ceramic knives that are made in Japan, knives which are handmade, iron tea pots which made handmade, beautiful cutlery, Japanese tea set, rice bowls and decorative items. Please note that some of the rice bowls are not coated and you will need to poach them in boiling rice starch to coat them. Then take them out of the rice starch and cool them. Then it's ready for use.

Even if you are not into shopping, you will love this place as there are lots to see. If you are into shopping, please allow at least 4 hours to explore.

Do request for delivery to your hotel but the items must be bought in the same shop.


5  Thank vwell_1999
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Reviewed 3 August 2013 via mobile

If you're like me at all and like to be crafty in the kitchen, then you HAVE to come here before you leave tokyo!! Some of the stores are more for big restaurants but some are for the average persons filled with awesome gadgets!!! This is also an awesome spot to pick up plates, bowls, teapots... Anything! If I lived in Tokyo, I would be a frequent visitor!!!

3  Thank Cgsarah
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