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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.
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“plastic food”(97 reviews)
“japanese knives”(20 reviews)
“knife shops”(17 reviews)
3-8-12 Matsugaya, Taito 111-0036, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
+81 3-3844-1225
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Reviewed yesterday

This is the area where all the restaurants go to get their restaurant things such as signs, plastic food displays, etc, etc. Super interesting place. They kept playing a Kappabashi song as you walked along the street which was sort of fun for a visit...More

Thank Simon S
Reviewed 6 days ago

A great place to visit before you leave Japan as there are so many fantastic things that you can buy for yourself and as souvenirs for your family. It is fascinating to see all of the diiferent shops that sell wholesale cooking and homewares. Every...More

Thank Alison S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

And bakers, and any other manner of person associated with kitchen arts loves this street. Buy Japanese good stuff without paying tourist prices. You want great knives, specialty cook wear, or just pretty dishes, Kitchen Town awaits.

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This street is really suppliers to the restaurant trade street. It has shops selling everything you need to set up a restaurant. From the plates & glassware to chairs and uniforms, tills, ovens, signage, ingredients and, most importantly, red lanterns. This is also where you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kappabashi is known for kitchen supplies but amongst the many general purpose stores there are a few that stand out - one of them being Kamata which is a knife shop. There are a few knife shops in that area but this one I found...More

Thank Anthony G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I like cooking on weekends,however have a nice cleaver that will be helpfully to finish dish, and if you buy, it can write your name on cleaver, very cool and valuable. By the way, these area have many many kitchen appliances, if you like cooking...More

Thank kengmuc38
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kappabashi is well worth exploring just to see the plethora of kitchen stores and the variety of products sold. If you are a chef or expert home cook, this would be the place to shop for a good knife. You will also see plastic food...More

Thank lgs701
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is an amusement fair for all that love to cook .......just a walk from asakusa temple here you will find all sizes of everything you need at home for cooking ,,,,,anytime i come here i find something new and interesting to bring home ...........japanese...More

1  Thank Chris C
Reviewed 27 September 2018

We visited this street after watching Joanna Lumley documentary on travelling through Japan it was amazing, everything to do with kitchens can ba obtained there, it was a great walk.

Thank mkskupch
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

My husband always fancied a good kitchen knife so we headed to this place known as Kamata in Kappabashi street. For us it’s a great deal of walk from Sensoji temple especially in summer. It seems very near but next time we will take the...More

1  Thank abba25
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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old
Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa.
Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit
a variety of different museums and galleries. At
Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the
grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed
alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at
the end of the year, when many people go on shopping
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24 August 2018|
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Response from sandylee83 |
Either method is fine however if the shop seems small or traditional, it may only accept cash only.
11 August 2018|
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Response from Taledoo49 | Reviewed this property |
We brought knives back to Australia in checked luggage and had no problems
13 May 2018|
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Response from Simon W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, most of the shops are open on Sundays. But the shops on the street closes early each day. By 6pm the street is very quiet.