The Best Spot in Japan for Kitchenware! A Guide to Tokyo’s Kappabashi Dougu Street
Kappabashi Dougu Street in Tokyo is a famous historic area that is home to more than 170 shops. Below is an in-depth guide to this shopping street. Read this to find out which specialty shops can be found and what can be bought in the area!
What Is Kappabashi Dougu Street?
With a history dating back more than 100 years, Kappabashi Dougu Street is a shopping street that is located in Tokyo's working class area, between Asakusa and Ueno. Along this approximately 800m long street are specialty shops offering such items as tableware, sweets and bakery equipment, kitchen equipment and tools, food ingredients and packaging supplies.
Grab a Handy Shop Guide!
Before you head out for a bit of shopping, get a hold of the convenient Handy Shop Guide that is available for free at many of the shops in the area. This guide is available in English, and it features such information as the location and genre of products handled in each shop, as well as free Wi-Fi spots.
Check Out These Shops First!
Out of the more than 170 shops that are found on this street, below are ones that are particularly recommended!
Niimi Yoshokkiten (Niimi Western-style Tableware Shop) is a general merchandise store found on the corner of Kikuyabashi Intersection at the southern entrance of Kappabashi Dougu Street. You can spot it by the giant statue of a chef on the roof of the building. Founded in 1907, this shop carries more than 10,000 products that range from small kitchen implements to large-size cooking equipment and other kitchenware. It is famous for its rich lineup of items that can be used by professionals and amateurs alike.
Dr.Goods is a shop handling stylish kitchen tools, selling various types of products including cutlery, small cooking implements and small ovens. It offers an extensive lineup of products from Japanese manufacturers such as Noda Horo and Yanagi Sori, and from foreign brands such as Staub and Lodge. This shop is popular for their prices that are lower than list prices, and their selection of rare products such as those with limited edition colors.
Kama-Asa Main Shop
Kama-Asa Main Shop is a famous establishment that can be spotted by a huge iron pot at the center of Kappabashi Dougu Street. A veteran shop in business since 1908, this main branch mainly sells original products including industrial kitchen equipment, cooking tools, pots and other products, all of which are both easy to use and have simple and elegant designs. They have a branch nearby that deals mostly in knives. They are all carefully handmade by craftsmen, so you are bound to find a knife that you can use for years to come.
Okashi no Mori
Okashi no Mori is situated right in front of Kappabashi's south traffic lights. This shop sells more than 10,000 items, mainly equipment and tools that are essential in making sweets and confectioneries. They have a selection of more than 2,000 items including sugarcraft equipment such as molds, crafting tools and coloring as well as candy making equipment. The 1st floor (Toyo Shokai) of this shop is dedicated to industrial kitchen equipment and small implements, housing a wide array of copperware, iron and plastic cooking equipment, centering on stainless steel and aluminum products.
Kappabashi Soshoku is a shop that is located at the center of Kappabashi Dougu Street. They mainly manufacture and sell on a wholesale basis, and offer a variety of shop decorations such as signage and decorative lights, lanterns of different designs, menu books and blackboards. You'll have fun just walking around this lively shop.
Kanaya Brush Kappabashi Dougu Street Shop
Kanaya Brush is a store that specializes in brushes. They make brushes using natural hair and natural wood, and sells a wide array of products, such as toothbrush with horsehair for home use, and brushes for artisans to use in painting and cooking. This shop also offers an extensive selection of famous makeup brushes from Kumano, Hiroshima, and scrubbing brushes from domestically grown shuro (hemp palm). They have a lot of repeat customers that are drawn by their selection of products that combine ease of use and excellent design.
Don't Miss out! Shops for Plastic Food Models
Out of all the products carried by the many different specialty stores in Kappabashi Dougu Street, the ones that are particularly popular among foreign tourists are those with plastic food samples. Here are two popular shops that offer these products.
Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya Kappabashi Shop
With a history dating back more than 85 years since its establishment, Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya is a shop where the 1st floor serves as an area where products made with plastic food sample technology are sold, while you can experience making plastic food on the 2nd floor. There is a wide selection of products inspired by food, which look realistic, and aside from food samples, you can purchase stationery, magnets, key rings and mobile phone accessories. They also sell a kit for making plastic food samples at home.
Food Sample Shop, Maizuru Main Shop - Conveying Taste Through Color
Food Sample Shop Maizuru is a shop that has been creating high-quality plastic food samples for more than 50 years under the motto "conveying taste through color". Aside from food samples, they sell a wide range of elaborately made products such as sushi clocks, iPhone cases and smartphone stands that will make you hungry just by looking at them.
KAPPABASHI COFFEE&BAR – A Break in Between Shopping Sprees
If you get tired of all the shopping and walking, then you must drop in to KAPPABASHI COFFEE & BAR for some rest. This establishment is a cafe during the day and a bar at night. There was a much loved coffee shop there previously, which was stylishly rebranded and reopened as KAPPABASHI COFFEE & BAR. Recommended here is the highly aromatic Honjitsu no Coffee (Coffee of the Day) (Hot/500 JPY (incl. tax)).
Aside from shopping, Kappabashi Dougu Street is also a fun place for a leisurely stroll. Make sure to add it to your Tokyo sightseeing itinerary.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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