Shopping Tokyo

Kappabashi Kitchenware Town

Kappabashi Dori is a street located about halfway between Asakusa and Ueno famous for wholesale stores selling hardware supplies for restaurants (menu holders, ketchup dispensers, industrial stoves, etc.). Despite its customer base you don’t need to buy wholesale making it the best place in Tokyo to pick up small items of crockery as gifts. Moreover, Kappabashi’s status as something of a hidden tourist attraction has brought about the presence of shops aimed at tourist looking for something a little more ornate than your bog-standard plates and cups.

Miniature fake food is also sold on keyrings if you want a smaller souvenir

Kappabashi is also an excellent place to buy state-of-the-art Japanese kitchen knives (hocho), which will typically be on sale at a discount to the department stores. Other items of interest (to see if not to buy) include the plastic food or “fake food” replicas that are a standard item outside many restaurants in Japan.

The main street

Kappabashi is open Monday to Saturdays, with most shops shut on Sundays. Shops close between 18:00 and 19:00.