Kappabashi Kitchenware Town: where foodies who love to cook go to shop



Kappabashi Kitchenware Town: Where
Foodies Who Love to Cook Go to Shop


From high-quality kitchen knives to shockingly realistic food samples, Kappabashi Kitchenware Town® is your go-to place for kitchen goods and gadgets in Tokyo. Once an area primarily for professional chefs and others who worked in the food service industry, Kappabashi is now a favorite spot for shopping among foodies who love to cook. 

Chef marks the spot: the start of Kappabashi 

Kappabashi landmark
You know you've found the right place when you spot this guy. 

Kappabashi Kitchenware Town® is an 800m stretch of road that is home to some 150 stores selling cooking-related goods. Just a ten minute walk from Senso-ji Temple, you’ll know you’ve found it when you see the area’s landmark: the big statue of a cook on top of a store selling tableware. Be sure to pick up a copy of the “Handy Shopping Guide” before you get underway with your shopping. Available from many of the stores, this guide includes useful information like store locations, descriptions of products sold at each store, and where you can get free Wi-Fi in the area. Check out some of the stores below. かっぱ橋の英語のマップ
The map categorizes the stores based on the kind of merchandise they sell.

Gorgeous ceramics at a reasonable price

Japanese tableware porcelain
A collection of bowls from all over Japan.

If you’re interested in picking up some Japanese-style tableware, check out Wa No Utsuwa Dengama located at the beginning of Kappabashi. This two-story specialty shop offers a huge selection, including fine porcelain from the famous manufacturing areas of Arita and Kutani. While you might expect these gorgeous pieces to carry a hefty price tag, you’d be surprised. Many of the small pieces range in price from 500 to 700 yen while pieces like teacups go for around 1,200 to 1,500 yen. Teacups on Kappabashi
You can find teacups with beautiful Japanese patterns, tea pots, and more here.
Wa No Utsuwa nanbu iron teapotsWa No Utsuwa also carries a variety of distinctive nanbu iron teapots ranging in price from about 5,000 to 10,000 yen. 

The outside of Wa No Utsuwa
The store's display of pottery outside of the building makes it easy to find. 

Chop veggies in samurai-style 

Beautiful Japanese knives at Kappabashi
These kitchen knives are both practical and beautiful.

Next up is Kamaasa Shoten. This store has been selling traditional Japanese cookware like knives and nanbu iron teapots for over one hundred years. The store divides its inventory into two showrooms located across the street from each other. You have cookware like kettles and pots in one and knives in the other. It’s the latter of the two that is particularly popular with visitors from overseas. Each knife is carefully crafted by a skilled blacksmith. Considering the attention to detail and fine craftsmanship, it’s not surprising to hear it said that these knives are popular with chefs abroad. Kamaasa Shoten also has descriptions of their knives available in both English and French so you can be sure you’re getting one that suits your needs. Purchasing a knife in Japan
The knowledgeable staff helps shoppers choose the kitchen knife that suits their needs. Knives range in price from around 5,000 to 30,000 yen.

Nanbu iron ketals
On the cookware floor, you can find items like these oven-safe nanbu iron pots and skillets. Prices range from 6,000 to 8,000 yen depending on size. 

More cooking gadgets than you knew existed 

 Iida-ya cooking tools
With so many different tools, it'd be easy to spend a day just browsing here!

About halfway down the street, you’ll come to a store that’s nearly bursting with all sorts of cooking supplies. Congrats, you’ve found Iida-ya. What makes this store special isn’t just that they stock lots of different kinds of kitchen supplies, but that they have dozens of different styles for you to choose from. For example, let’s say you want to get a peeler. When you head off to the peeler section, you’ll find super-sharp top-class peelers, peelers for fish (yes, these are a thing), peelers for corn, peelers for tomatoes... basically a peeler for every food that could conceivably be peeled. It’s easy to spend hours here checking out the almost fanatical variety of goods in this shop. By the way, popular items for tourists here include frying pans made in Japan, nanbu iron kettles, special pans for making takoyaki, and wasabi graters. More than 50 types of peelers at Iida-ya on Kappabashi
A very a-peel-ing selection of more than 50 kinds of peelers. Prices range from 500 to 1,500 yen depending on the product. 

Iida-ya staff help shoppers
If you find yourself getting a little overwhelmed by the selection, the store staff can help you find the best product for you.

Baking goods from Iida-ya on Kappabashi
The second floor is packed with all kinds of baking goods like these cute cookie cutters. 

Looks good enough to eat 

Sushi food samples by Sato Sample on Kappabashi
Careful! These sushi may look delicious, but they're actually food samples made of plastic.

No trip to Kappabashi Kitchenware Town® is complete without checking out plastic food samples. Most often used by restaurants to display what kind of food they serve in hopes of attracting hungry customers, these plastic meals are often astonishingly realistic. If you want to see some great examples, check out Sato Sample. Using the production methods they’ve developed in the more than 90 years this veteran store has been in business, it can be hard to tell the models they produce from real meals! If you’re not in the market to take back a life-size bowl of fake ramen, Sato Sample has other items like rings and keychains that make great souvenirs. Unique souvenir fake food samples from Sato Sample on Kappabashi
Is there anyone who wouldn't love a bread ring? These range from 972 to 1,620 yen. Sushi keychains are priced around 776 to 1,404 yen. Each piece looks incredibly close to the real thing. 

Pay in USD or Euros as well as yen at Sato Sample on Kappabashi
You can pay in USD or Euros at Sato Sample. 

Sato Sample's English signs
A friendly reminder that no matter how delicious these pieces look, you cannot eat them.

What’s a kappa, anyway? 

Kawataro the Kappa on Kappabashi
This golden statue of a kappa named Kawataro was created to celebrate the 90th birthday of Kappabashi Kitchenware Town® back in October of 2017.

As you walk through Kappabashi Kitchenware Town®, you'll probably notice a little green creature hanging out here and there. This guy is a kappa, a kind of demon or youkai from Japanese legends that is thought to live in rivers and ponds. According to legend, good luck comes to anyone who manages to see a real kappa. Maybe all of the statutes will count towards a little good fortune?  Cute kappa on Kappabashi in Tokyo
There’s bound to be a kappa in one form or another wherever you look. 

Cute and made in Japan

Kakesu Zakka-ten on Kappabashi
Teapots in all sorts of colors. 

Make a little detour to a side street near the end of Kappabashi to check out a stylish shop called Kakesu Zakka-ten. This store stocks only made-in-Japan goods. They have a large selection of colorful teapots and cups from ZERO JAPAN, a brand from Gifu Prefecture that’s been gaining popularity abroad. One thing that makes ZERO JAPAN such a popular choice is that they offer products in a total of 60 different colors. Kakesu Zakka-ten selection of teacups, teapots, and more
From sugar pots to tea cups, the smooth Japanese designs of each item are charming. Prices range from 600 to 5,000 yen depending on the piece. 

Bonus: sake time!

Kappabashi Sake no Sanwa
Nihonshu stylishly served in a wine glass.

Bring your successful day of shopping to a close with a drink at Kappabashi Sake no Sanwa. Here you can try 720ml of two different kinds of sake (nihonshu) or shochu for just 500 yen. There’s an English menu available, making this place popular with visitors from overseas. Kappabashi Sake no Sanwa has an English menu
The English menu.

Kappabashi Sake no Sanwa's extensive selection of sake nihonshu
Sake no Sanwa also sells sake by the bottle. Prices of their extensive selection range from those that sell for a reasonable 1,000 yen each to ones that cost hundreds of thousands of yen. 

Have you ever been to Kappabashi Kitchenware Town®? If so, is there a store or a must-have item you’d like to recommend? Let us know in the comments! 


Kappabashi Kitchenware Town®
Address: From Nishi Asakusa to Matsugaya in Taito-ku, Tokyo 
Kappabashi Kitchenware Town® is approximately a 10 minute walk from Senso-ji Temple. 
Access: (varies by store)
3~10 min walk from Exit 3 of Subway Tawaramachi Station 
5~10 min walk from Exit 2 of Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station

Wa No Utsuwa Dengama | 和の器 田窯 
Address: 1-4-3 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 
Hours: 10:00am~7:00pm
Closed January 1~3

Kamaasa Shoten | 釜浅商店
Address: 2-24-1 Matsugaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Kitchenware Showroom)
2-23-9 Matsugaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Knife Showroom)
Mon-Sat 9:30am~5:30pm 
Sundays and national holidays 10:00am~5:30pm 
Closed during the New Years holidays

Iidaya | 飯田屋
Address: 2-21-6 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 
Mon-Sat 10:00am~7:00pm 
Sun and national holidays 10:00am~6:00pm

Sato Sample | サトウサンプル
Address: 3-7-4 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Mon-Sat 9:00am~6:00pm 
Sun and national holidays 10:00am~5:00pm
Closed Fridays unless a national holiday

Kakesu Zakka-ten | カケス雑貨店
Address: 3-24-2 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 
Hours: 9:00am~6:00pm
Closed Wednesdays

Kappabashi Sake No Sanwa | 合羽橋 酒のサンワ
Address: 3-17-11 Matsugaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 12:00pm~6:00pm
Closed Wednesdays and national holidays


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