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5 Curious and Quirky Shops in Kappabashi, Tokyo's Kitchen Town!

5 Curious and Quirky Shops in Kappabashi, Tokyo's Kitchen Town!

Update: 18 October 2018

Right next to Tokyo's historical Asakusa neighborhood, Kappabashi shopping street is said to stock everything cooking and restaurant equipment-related. On both sides of a road that stretches for about 800 meters, more than 170 specialty stores offer an astonishing assortment of cooking equipment from professional first-class goods to ordinary daily cooking utensils - and even the "plastic food" you'll see displayed in shop windows! See why Kappabashi is unlike anywhere else!

1. Niimi Tableware: A restaurant supply store with a giant statue of a cook as its landmark!

1. Niimi Tableware: A restaurant supply store with a giant statue of a cook as its landmark!

A wholesale store for restaurant supplies at the South entrance of Kappabashi Dougu Street. The statue of a giant cook on the rooftop of the building is the symbol of Kappabashi Dougu Street. They proudly offer a wide range tableware and cutlery for Japanese, Western and Chinese food, lacquerware and wooden products. Their original products such as the children's lunch series are popular as well. It is part of the enjoyment to find a good buy out of the jungle-like store overflowing with products.

2. Dengama: Tableware from all over Japan at a reasonable price!

2. Dengama: Tableware from all over Japan at a reasonable price!

Japanese Pottery Shop Dengama is a Japanese pottery specialty store which directly purchases the product from the potteries all over Japan such as Arita, Kutani, Mashiko and Mino. They handle a wide range of products focused on bowls with made with traditional Japanese pottery techniques and pictures, along with fine articles from famous potteries, and products for ordinary daily use as mugs, tea cups and small plates. Don't forget to check the bargains near the entrance of the shop.

3. Be amazed by the fake food samples which look exactly like the real thing!

3. Be amazed by the fake food samples which look exactly like the real thing!

Fake food samples were originally made to to make the menu easier to understand. Nowadays, it is popular among young people and foreign tourists due to its exquisite realistic appearance and its cuteness. At Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya, not to mention the sample foods, they also sell original goods such as sushi-like magnets, rice cracker key rings and the DIY Replica Food Kit "Sample'n Cooking".

4. Asakusaumegen: Traditional one-of-a-kind Edo confectioneries

4. Asakusaumegen: Traditional one-of-a-kind Edo confectioneries

Asakusaumegen is a confectionery store with more than 100 years of history which stands in the back of Kappabashi-dori. Inside the store nostalgic Japanese confections made with sweet bean paste and potatoes are lined up.

They use carefully selected ingredients as red beans from Hokkaido, sweet potatoes from Kyushu, Shikoku or Chiba, as ordering the best in each season. They stick to the process which has not changed since its foundation, as kneading the sweet bean paste by using the small-sized copper pot and the whole process is being done by hands from the preparation to its finish. The Japanese confections made with great care are all one of a kind.

  • Asakusaumegen
    江戸昔菓子 あさくさ梅源
    • Address 3-10-5, Nishiasakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0035, Japan

5. Kamaasa: Many cooking utensils that make cooking fun!

5. Kamaasa: Many cooking utensils that make cooking fun!

Kamaasa is a cooking equipment store founded in 1908. Inside the store, various utensils are lined up, starting from kitchen knifes and Nambu ironware, other professional tools like pots , the Yukihira Pot (a pouring pot), frying pans, bamboo raining baskets, graters, but also ordinary daily house utensils. There is a wide variety of carefully selected beautifully designed products with great quality which will fit in your hand better the more you use it. We recommend you to come and try to hold the products for yourself and make a choice based on that.

  • Kama-Asa
    • Address 2-24-1, Matsugaya, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 111-0036
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    • Nearest Station Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Tobu Isesaki Line (Tobu Sky Tree Line) / Tsukuba Express)
      8 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3841-9355

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