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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”(100 reviews)
“japanese knives”(22 reviews)
“knife shops”(18 reviews)
3-8-12 Matsugaya, Taito 111-0036, Tokyo Prefecture
Ueno, Asakusa
+81 3-3844-1225
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love cooking and cookware this is the place to go. A lot of the shops are the same but if you look round there are bargains to be found.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dare2burbest
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wandered through several stores in this Street when I came upon it while walking to Asukusa from Ueno. Fun to look through the stores to see some of the different kitchen utensils and kitchen ware available there than in the US.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tnvol93
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Simon S
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Alison S
Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Robert B
Reviewed 4 November 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed 3 November 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AnthonyG669
Reviewed 21 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kengmuc38
Reviewed 21 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lgs701
Reviewed 17 October 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2017
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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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25 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.
12 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.