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Kitchen Town (Kappabashi)

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 3-8-12 Matsugaya, Taito 111-0036, Tokyo Prefecture
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The stores in this neighborhood sell kitchen equipment and paper supplies...

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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If you love to cook and eat this is a great street to visit. And if you are fascinated with the plastic food samples you see in the restaurant windows, you can find the shops... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Charlottetown, Canada
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located near Ueno Railway Station, this area boasts numerous restaurants and eateries to tempt your palate. There are even Western options in the form of English and Irish pubs, and cocktail bars. Too many individual places to mention. Worth a walk through to check out, and definately worth trying a place of two. Highly recommended.

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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is such a fun part of town. It's just one densely packed street with TONS of kitchen items galore. There are two or three places with the fake food, but it's mostly just any kitchen item you cooks ever need for sale.

Thank DCTravelers69
Mermaid Beach, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have found that people really appreciate a Japanese knife as a gift, so that's why we head for Kappabashi. Some shops will engrave the knife with a name in Japanese characters, which personalizes the gift.

Thank Dirk W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to cook and I don't think I will ever have all the gadgets that make it so much fun. Kappabashi Street has everything (custom knives, pots, pans, utensils, commercial and domestic aprons, chefs jackets, baskets, chop sticks, chairs etc). Don't forget to also visit the plastic food stores. If they don't have it, you don't need it.

Thank kathyhouston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love cooking and it's the perfect place to buy some nice dishes to bring home. Every year I buy something new. Soup spoon, soup bowl, lampion, chop sticks and the holder etc. Fix prices and nice people.

Thank Janine B
Charlottetown, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you love to cook and eat this is a great street to visit. And if you are fascinated with the plastic food samples you see in the restaurant windows, you can find the shops where you can make your own at a workshop or order a specific sample or just buy off the shelf. We took our time going... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just stopped in this area on the way back from a temple. Great area if you are interested in cooking. Fantastic utensils and crockery, which is heavy and not practical to buy whilst away ... but I did. Could spend ages here

Thank karen m
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Except eating, eating and eating, you can find everything for in the kitchen or for on the table. Kniveshops with hundreds of different knives, thousands of pans and pots. If you like to buy also plastic food examples you can find really everything.

Thank Ed020
Toronto, ON
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I walked to Kappabashi from Ueno Park after a visit there (about 15 minutes) and the walk was more interesting than the "Kitchen Town" itself. Things were rather ordinary and the energy pretty low, and many of the kitchen items I saw there were also available at the Tsukiji outer market. The only thing really unique that I would have... More 

Thank roseandribbons
Paso Robles, CA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Convenient to the Asakusa Shrine, Kappabashi is a multi-block series of stores serving both the restaurant industry and retail shoppers. Almost anything one might associate with food service can be found along this street, from plastic food models to furniture to BBQ units. Lots to look at, and many small items for tourists to take home.

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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 sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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