Kappabashi is a cook`s paradise. Kappabashi street is lined with shops selling all manner of tools and equipment for kitchens, from knives to Japanese pottery, kitchenware, baking goods and party supplies. Highly recommend a visit during the week when less crowded. Ample parking and easily accessible by train. Here is a simple itinerary to follow from Ueno Station or Inaricho station. Start at Den-gama pottery shop and make your way to Gansho Shokuhin Sample-ya.
- Den-Gama Japanese Pottery Shop
- Maiduru Plastic Sample Shop
- Hashitou (はし藤) Chopsticks Store
- Kamata Knife Store
- Kama-asa Knives & kitchenware
- LUNCH: Sobadokoro Yamato (SOBA) / Sizzle Meat Specialty Restaurant
- Union Coffee Store
- Pro Pack Supply warehouse
- Gansho Shokuhin Sample -ya & Plastic food making class
- Tousyougama (maru-katsu) high end pottery & ceramics
Den-Gama Japanese Pottery Shop (和の器 田窯) offers two floors of beautiful Japanese pottery, glassware and lacquerware in all shapes and price ranges artfully placed. Difficult to leave empty handed.
Maiduru (まいづる) Plastic Sample Shop has an array of samples made completely by hand. A fun souvenir to gift to friends and family overseas.
Hashitou (はし藤) Chopsticks Store carries an array of chopstick in different wood, sizes, colors, and designs. They carry beginner chopsticks, finger position correcting chopsticks (great for kids), simple chopsticks to high end ones at 6000 yen a pair. You can even get them engraved (300 yen/pair. 2 week turnaround).
Kamata Knife Store (かまた刃研社) has an 800 product lineup which includes top-grade handmade knives as well as factory-made ranges. They carry two types; carbon steel and stainless steel knives. What`s the difference? Carbon steel is stronger and sharper which is why many swords, knives and other blades are produced with high carbon steel however it rusts easily so must be dried and oiled after each wash to prevent rusting. Stainless steel is designed to protect against oxidization – ideal for families and busy people. Price range 10,000 – 100,000 JPY They also have boxed knife sets at the front of the store at a discount.
*Free engraving (Kanji and Katakana Characters Only)
Kama-asa (釜浅商店) first opened their doors in 1908. They carry an array of knives on the first floor, and cooking tools (pots, pans, burners, etc) on the 2nd floor. Their knowledgable staff will work with you to find the tool that`s right for you.
Address: 2-23-9 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Lunch: Monday – Wednesday & Sat, Sun & Holidays 11:30 – 14:30
Dinner: Monday – Saturday 17:30 – 23:00
Sunday & Holidays 14:00 – 21:00
Union Coffee (ユニオン) is a nice stop for coffee enthusiasts. They sell vintage coffee machines, grinders, coffee beans and tea.
Address: 3-7-3 Nishi Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 – 18:00; Saturday 10:00 – 17:00; Sunday HOLIDAY
Pro Pack (シモジマ かっぱ橋店) sells wrapping paper, paper bags, party goods, kitchen ware and sundry goods for use in stores. The store is divided into several levels, each of which specializes in categories such as ingredients, kitchenware, utensils and cutlery, packaging supplies, etc.
5f Packing Materials
4F Food Packaging
3F Office Supplies
2F Confectionary, Detergents
Gansho Shokuhin Sample-ya and Plastic Food Making Class (Reservations Required) – Excellent spot to pick up a few plastic samples, magnets, key rings, DIY replica food kits and take a plastic food making class. Read our plastic food making experience.
Address: 3-7-6 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
Hours: Store is open 10:00 – 17:30; classes are held every day at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00
Tousyougama (maru-katsu) has an excellent selection of higher end pottery, ceramics and tableware.
Tokyo One Day Itinerary Kappabashi